Isaac Newton: Giants of Science  -     By: Kathleen Krull
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Isaac Newton: Giants of Science

Puffin / 2008 / Paperback

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Newton's ideas didn't come to him like an apple falling from a tree. Rather, it was a process where he thought about problems continually. Brilliantly showing children the results from the rigors of scientific thinking, as well as the importance of peer-review, publishing, and the give-and-take exchange of ideas so important to science today, this biography of Newton deftly combines the story of Newton's life, the historical setting he was working in, and the development of science. Inventor of what we know as the three laws of motion, calculus, gravity, modern physics, as well as rules for scientific reasoning and the scientific method, modern science still rests upon his shoulders. 126 pages, indexed.

Parental Note: This biography notes the historical speculation about a possible homosexual affair between Newton and another mathematician as well as his firm (though unorthodox) belief in God. Two metaphors mention Harry Potter.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Puffin
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0142408204
ISBN-13: 9780142408209
Ages: 9-11

Publisher's Description

Here is a man with an imagination so large that just ?by thinking on it,? he invented calculus and figured out the scientific explanation of gravity. Kathleen Krull presents a portrait of Isaac Newton that will challenge your beliefs about a genius whose amazing discoveries changed the world.

Author Bio

Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, California. Boris Kulikov lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"The second title in Krull’s Giants of Science series meets, and perhaps even exceeds, expectations set by the debut, Leonardo da Vinci (BCCB 7/05). Krull and Newton are a match made in heaven: she with her flair for capturing the flaws and foibles of the mighty, and he with his razor-sharp mind and abysmal social skills."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

"Outstanding. A multi-faceted portrait of a genius."—School Library Journal, starred review

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Better books out there on Isaac Newton
    November 10, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I was disappointed in this book. It is a classic modern example of reading homosexual theory into people's lives in the past. Having an entire chapter in a children's book dedicated to exploring the theory of him having a homosexual relationship is an excellent way of hijacking what he did in the scientific realm.

    The important thing for kids to come away with when reading about historical figures is WHAT they did to deserve a place in history not focusing on sensational speculation of his sexual behavior.

    Our family LOVED reading the Isaac Newton book from the Sower Series also available here on CBD. It is excellent!
  2. Richmond, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    June 15, 2011
    kate tate
    Richmond, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot recommend this book (and whole series) enough. I picked this book up for my son who was in 5th or 6th grade at the time. I just thought it might help him to understand the world that Newton lived and worked in. I grabbed it from his nightstand late one night and read half the book before I forced myself to put it down and go to sleep. The next morning I took it to the gym and finished it on the bike. I was laughing out loud so much that it drew attention from the other regulars there. They gave me quite a look when they saw it was a biography of Isaac Newton.

    Kathleen Krull is quite a writer. She brings you into the world of great scientists and helps you to see how it shaped who they became.

    Oh, by the way... my son liked it too :)
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