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2012-Dec-29, 01:39 PM
Good morning. I was listening to some astronomy cast podcasts on Newton, got the bug to read about him. Any recommedations on the best books about him?

2012-Dec-31, 03:08 PM
I haven't yet read any of these books, but Cambridge and Oxford University Press each have some Newton biographies.

2013-Jan-11, 08:44 PM
My favorite book on Newton is by George Reed, the long-time planetarium Guru from Spitz Planetarium. He wrote a book called Murdered by Isaac Newton, which is fantastic historical fiction. To me, its pretty even handed and paints him as a human being immersed in the rapidly evolving world of science of the day.

Tim Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

2013-Jan-19, 05:21 AM
The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick

Not just about Newton, so I wouldnt say its the best book about him , but a kind of collective biography of the greats of the 17thC, placing them in context of that remarkable time
its a really enjoyable read

2013-Jan-19, 07:15 PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions!