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  1. #1
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    Best book on Newton?

    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?

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    I haven't yet read any of these books, but Cambridge and Oxford University Press each have some Newton biographies.

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    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

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    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

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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