Thursday, March 4, 2010

Isaac Newton

Book Description
Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

He built the first reflecting telescope, authored the book that became the basis for classical mechanics, and wrote the three laws of motion—and that’s just a fraction of Sir Isaac Newton’s achievements. Despite the fact that he’s considered by many to be the most influential scientist in history, he actually wrote more about his Christian faith than he did about natural science. This Christian Encounters biography illuminates Newton’s beliefs and how they shaped his view of the world he so desired to understand.

Book Review
If you say "Law of Motion", law of gravity or calculus, you automatically think of Isaac Newton.    However, there are things about Newton that we were never taught, but just as important.     

My son's science curriculum this year has focused on great mathematicians and scientists.     We have done a great deal of studying about Isaac Newton so when BookSneeze offered this book as part of the Christian Encounters series I was excited to receive it.  

Learning about the science of Newton is one thing, but learning about the faith and Biblical foundations on which his science and his life is built is another.     Newton lived during 17th century and he questioned some of the Church of England's teachings.     He wasn't sure that he agreed with their Trinitarian view.     Did he believe in God?     Did he believe in Jesus and his divinity?    Yes.    But for some reason he couldn't see them as the three in one Godhead.

Mitch Stokes wrote a fascinating book about Newton.   Not just his science, but his religious beliefs which helped develop his science.     I can't wait to add this to our library as well as other from the Christian Encounters series.

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