**read**PM Magazin Germany In Einsteins Study In Berlin Hung A Picture Of Newton, For Einstein Knew Very Well Whose Shoulders He Was Standing On When He Worked On The General Theory Of Relativity It Was Newton Who Had Invented The Concepts Mass, Space, Time, Momentum, Force And The Mathematical Tools That Made The Exploration Of Our Universe Possible Yes, One Might Say, He Invented Theoretical Physics Florian Freistetter Has Succeeded Admirably In Explaining The Significance Of The Universal Law Of Gravitation, As Well As Newtons Discoveries In Optics Ajnd Mathematics, And He Does So Without The Use Of A Single Equation He Also Reminds The Reader That Alchemy And Theology Occupied Newtons Mind As Much As Did Physicsa Not Uncommon Mix At The Dawn Of The Scientific Age Though Newton Is Chided For His Lack Of Social Graces In His Dealings With Rival Investigators, Competitiveness Remains The Very Essence Of Science Josef Eisinger, Physicist, Author Of Einstein On The Road And Editor Translator Of Einstein At HomeFreistetter Casts New Light On Newtons Character And Behavior In Terms Of How It Mightor Might Notfit Into Todays Scientific Establishment A Well Written And Richly Detailed BookGerrit Stratmann, Deutschlandradio KulturFreistetter Is The Perfect Author For This Uniquely Universal BookMarc Abrahams, Editor OfAnnals Of Improbable ResearchA Blunt And Humorous Profile Of Isaac Newton Focusing On His Disagreeable Personality And Showing That His Offputting Qualities Were Key To His Scientific BreakthroughsIsaac Newton May Have Been The Most Important Scientist In History, But He Was A Very Difficult Man Put Bluntly, He Was An Asshole, An SOB, Or Whatever Epithet Best Describes An Abrasive Egomaniac In This Colorful Profile Of The Great Manwarts And Allastronomer Florian Freistetter Shows Why This Damning Assessment Is InescapableNewton S Hatred Of Fellow Scientist Robert Hooke Knew No Bounds And He Was Strident In Expressing It He Stole The Work Of Colleague John Flamsteed, Ruining His Career Without A Second Thought He Carried On A Venomous Battle With Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Over The Invention Of Calculus, Vilifying Him Anonymously While The German Scientist Was Alive And Continuing The Attacks After He Died All Evidence Indicates That Newton Was Conniving, Sneaky, Resentful, Secretive, And Antisocial Compounding The Mystery Of His Strange Character Is That He Was Also A Religious Fanatic, A Mystery Monger Who Spent Years Studying The Bible And Predicted The ApocalypseWhile Documenting All Of These Unusual Traits, The Author Makes A Convincing Case That Newton Would Have Never Revolutionized Physics If He Hadn T Been Just Such An Obnoxious Person This Is A Fascinating Character Study Of An Astounding Genius Andif Truth Be Toldan Almighty Asshole As WellSir Isaac Newton Is Something Of A Paradoxical Figure On The One Hand, He Was An Undeniable Genius, And His Huge Influence On Our Understanding Of The Universe Continues To This Day On The Other Hand, He Was A Thoroughly Unpleasant Individual, Who Unnecessarily Made Enemies And Who Also Devoted Huge Amounts Of Time To Researching What We Would Now See As Absurd Ideas On Alchemy And On The Contents Of The Bible This Excellent And Very Readable Book Explores All These Aspects Of The Man In An Informative And Entertaining Way Highly RecommendedDavid K Love, Fellow Of The Royal Astronomical Society And Author Of Kepler And The UniverseA Refreshingly Disrespectful Historical Portrait Of An Exceptional Genius And Yet Always Characterized By Huge Expertise And Admiration A Very Educational And Fun

**read**PM Magazin Germany In Einsteins Study In Berlin Hung A Picture Of Newton, For Einstein Knew Very Well Whose Shoulders He Was Standing On When He Worked On The General Theory Of Relativity It Was Newton Who Had Invented The Concepts Mass, Space, Time, Momentum, Force And The Mathematical Tools That Made The Exploration Of Our Universe Possible Yes, One Might Say, He Invented Theoretical Physics Florian Freistetter Has Succeeded Admirably In Explaining The Significance Of The Universal Law Of Gravitation, As Well As Newtons Discoveries In Optics Ajnd Mathematics, And He Does So Without The Use Of A Single Equation He Also Reminds The Reader That Alchemy And Theology Occupied Newtons Mind As Much As Did Physicsa Not Uncommon Mix At The Dawn Of The Scientific Age Though Newton Is Chided For His Lack Of Social Graces In His Dealings With Rival Investigators, Competitiveness Remains The Very Essence Of Science Josef Eisinger, Physicist, Author Of Einstein On The Road And Editor Translator Of Einstein At HomeFreistetter Casts New Light On Newtons Character And Behavior In Terms Of How It Mightor Might Notfit Into Todays Scientific Establishment A Well Written And Richly Detailed BookGerrit Stratmann, Deutschlandradio KulturFreistetter Is The Perfect Author For This Uniquely Universal BookMarc Abrahams, Editor OfAnnals Of Improbable ResearchA Blunt And Humorous Profile Of Isaac Newton Focusing On His Disagreeable Personality And Showing That His Offputting Qualities Were Key To His Scientific BreakthroughsIsaac Newton May Have Been The Most Important Scientist In History, But He Was A Very Difficult Man Put Bluntly, He Was An Asshole, An SOB, Or Whatever Epithet Best Describes An Abrasive Egomaniac In This Colorful Profile Of The Great Manwarts And Allastronomer Florian Freistetter Shows Why This Damning Assessment Is InescapableNewton S Hatred Of Fellow Scientist Robert Hooke Knew No Bounds And He Was Strident In Expressing It He Stole The Work Of Colleague John Flamsteed, Ruining His Career Without A Second Thought He Carried On A Venomous Battle With Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Over The Invention Of Calculus, Vilifying Him Anonymously While The German Scientist Was Alive And Continuing The Attacks After He Died All Evidence Indicates That Newton Was Conniving, Sneaky, Resentful, Secretive, And Antisocial Compounding The Mystery Of His Strange Character Is That He Was Also A Religious Fanatic, A Mystery Monger Who Spent Years Studying The Bible And Predicted The ApocalypseWhile Documenting All Of These Unusual Traits, The Author Makes A Convincing Case That Newton Would Have Never Revolutionized Physics If He Hadn T Been Just Such An Obnoxious Person This Is A Fascinating Character Study Of An Astounding Genius Andif Truth Be Toldan Almighty Asshole As Well

The title of this review comes from a quote by John Maynard Keynes Newton was not the first of the age of reason He was the last of the magicians I like this quote because Newton devoted much of his time to alchemy and mysticism, and was not a scientist in the way we think of today, although he helped establish science as we know it today The reason he was such an important figure in science is that he was a great mathematician and the first important mathematical physicist It was he who placed ideas swirling in the sciences on the mathematical foundation we use today.

But, once having done so, he wanted full credit for the ideas, even if others had inklings of them before him His most famous feud was with Leibniz, who co invented calculus, one of the key tools Newton used to revolutionize how we view and understand physics Newton misused his position with the Royal Society to fake a report claiming that Leibniz plagiarized him, which is all but certainly not true.

He feuded with others, as well, notably Robert Hooke Hooke began to understand that gravity was universal, that the gravitational force was centripetal, and also to have a basic sense of inertia and momentum But he lacked the mathematical wherewithal to codify his insights into the physics we understand today Newton provided that insight Then, having done so, Newton couldn t share the credit He worked hard to bury Hooke s important contributions A book sympathetic to Hooke and his contemporaries isOut of the Shadow of a Giant.

The author of this book, while not excusing Newton s behavior, leans in the direction of arguing that Newton deserves most of the credit because his mathematical approach was the key to modern science, and that his success was a piece with his noxious personality I am less sympathetic to that viewpoint, feeling that it was ideas bubbling from the natural scientists of the time combined with Newton s mathematical prowess that came together to reinvent the universe, to steal from the subtitle of the book.

This book is amusing and a quick read, but not the whole story.

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D in physics This quote appears on page 137 of the current book 137 is notorious in physics as the approximate inverse of the fine structure constant Something for the mystic to ponder.