Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Little Science Ditty

As a Physics major, I was pretty excited to get the opportunity to review a biography of Isaac Newton for While I was very familiar with his famous three laws after having taught them to high school students for several years, I didn’t know much about his personality or life events. The author, Mitch Stokes, actually takes on the role of a teacher as he writes. He explains many physics concepts in a way that makes them understandable to non-scientists. He also engages the reader by giving fascinating details of the person of Isaac Newton. I came away from the book somewhat bewildered by the unique qualities he possessed. It is apparent that God gave him the abnormal ability to concentrate solely on his studies in order that he might formulate correct explanations about mysteries in creation. The amount he accomplished in his lifetime is incredible. Although this book is part of the Christian Encounters series, Newton’s faith is mentioned sparsely. The main focus was on his scientific accomplishments and interactions with his scholarly peers. During the latter years of his life, this interesting character even worked on busting rings of counterfeiters. Stokes’ account of Newton’s life is an enjoyable and informing read.

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