Isaac Newton (Giants of Science Series)

Isaac Newton (Giants of Science Series)


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780142408209
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Series: Giants of Science Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 263,702
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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

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“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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Isaac Newton 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book highlights everything that happened in Sir Isaac Newton's life. It talked about how he wrote his greatest accomplishment, The Principia. Newton was taught based on the teachings of Aristotle. Everybody knows about his three laws of motion. When he wrote this book, "he wouldn't sleep, he wrote standing up, and forgot to eat" (as said by the only eye-witness to him writing the book and if you want to know you must read this book). I also liked this book because it had pictures. When you read something, the picture can help you visualize what it's talking about. The book does achieve its purpose and that is to inform me about the important parts in Newton's life. It tells me about The Principia, his side passion which nobody knew about (I'm not going to tell), and his other famous book. He was praised by Ben Franklin, and Albert Einstein after he died. They looked back on him as "his fame continued to soar." This book is a must read if you are interested in Science and Math and if you want to find out who the only eye-witness who saw Sir Isaac Newton write The Principia. It was an enjoyment to read!
JulianeAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is bout the science that was discovered by Isaac Newton and other ideas that Newton had.I thought this book was okay. It did mention a lot of good information in regards to science, but it didn't really catch my interest in the long run. I could relate this to the classroom by finding a science experiment that class could partake in that would be safe for them to handle.
avcr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Krull snaps your attention like a juicy novel, ¿Secretive, withdrawn, obsessive. Ruthless, bitter, perhaps in need of therapy . . . All these things apply to Isaac Newton. Oh, and he was one of the greatest scientific minds of all time. (Albert Einstein, who should know, said Newton was the greatest.)¿ How can any young mind resist that temptation to find out more¿hooked! Newton invented a new form of mathematics called calculus (I was very proud of my B as an undergrad ), he created the reflecting telescope, the principle of gravity, he described the basic laws of motion that underlie all of physics. Kulikov¿s illustrations in black and white are inviting¿comic book style. Newton¿s childhood was disturbing and probably damaged him emotionally, but perhaps fed his brilliant mind toward such profound discoveries. Krull likens Newton and his thrill at finally reaching Trinity College (Cambridge) to the thrill Harry Potter felt at entering Hogwarts.If You Liked This, Try: Leonardo Da Vinci: Giants of Science #1 by Kathleen Krull, Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty, Sigmund Freud: Giants of Science #3 by Kathleen Krull, Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman, Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America by Deborah Hopkinson.
dominirose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mind boggling. Perfect mix of the cerebral - abstract and inspirational with the absurd - gross and gossipy.
wackermt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Giants of Science. I picked it out randomly from the bookstore, and found it to be an extremely engaging, informative, student friendly account of Isaac Newton. What I knew about Isaac Newton before the book: He wrote the laws of motion and universal gravitation before he was 25, took years to publicize it because he was scared, and said he was "standing on the shoulders of giants."What I learned from this book was the how and why behind these events, but also a great deal more about how he has shaped science as we now understand it on a fundamental level.The reason I was particularly taken with Krull's book is that it is accessible. Students will enjoy reading it, despite that it is a book about an old dead scientist. Her tone is sarcastic, comic, and light, which makes the book engaging to read the entire was through. She begins chronologically through the time he was 25, then she switches to different threads of his life and work, spending a chapter on each. This was the only thing that caused me some confusion because we would jump forward then backwards in time, but it was a sensible organization style since it went thematically.
elainevbernal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isaac Newton's biography from Krull's, "Giants of Science" series offers a raw account of Newton's life and accomplishments. From being labeled as "inattentive," "idle," and "sober, silent, thinking child," who was left behind by his mother to marry a Church of England clergyman, and growing up to be one of the most accomplished and respected scientists in the Royal Society. But while he became famous for his scientific discoveries, Newton was extremely distrustful and arrogant among his colleagues, and the author poses the question to the reader what could Newton have really accomplished if he wasn't so narrow-minded and on frequent campaigns to destroy the credibility of other scientists. Newton's childhood offers interest and meaning to today's child - he was made fun of, resented by other boys his age, and never really fit in with his peers, and his story is relevant to the increasing attention to bullying in today's schools. The author's dialogue is casual and would be very easy to read for children ages 10-12, and is engaging because in featuring each accomplishment and major event in Newton's life, the author offers quotes and sources revealing his experience and frustrations with his work, making Newton a believable and multidimensional character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!