Excellent, Kathryn Lasky, Kevin Hawkes, Intermediate, Young Adult, Scientist, Informational, History, Isaac Newton, Gravity

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Book Review


Newton was born to a poor farm family, but after his step father died, he went off to school where he lived with the Clarks. He built water clocks, mini windmills, and a rudimentary crank powered cart. He was then called back home to help on the farm but was a terrible farmer. His schoolmaster was able to convince his parents to let him go to college. In college, he studied everything. After detailing his time at Cambridge, the story ends with the classic tale of Newton sitting under a tree and having an apple fall on his head. He then created his theory about gravity. He lived to be eighty-four, but kept his ideas to himself and most of his work wasn’t know until after he died.