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Isaac the Alchemist

Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

by Mary Losure


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A surprising true story of Isaac Newton's boyhood suggests an intellectual development owing as much to magic as science.

Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary's house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before science as we know it existed, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy—a process of chemical reactions that seemed, at the time, to be magical. Mary Losure's riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac's early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood, in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today's budding scientists—as if by magic. Back matter includes an afterword, an author's note, source notes, and a bibliography.

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Mary Losure (Author)

When I was a child, I read mostly fantasy. When I grew up, I discovered that nonfiction books don't have to be just facts —they can be true stories that read like fiction. Now I write that kind of nonfiction for kids.Isaac the Alchemist is the sto...

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