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Life After Gravity Reviews

Life After Gravity by Patricia Fara (Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge)

Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton's London Career

Patricia Fara (Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge)

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Category: Non-fiction, History
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 24 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780198841029

The story of Isaac Newton's decades in London - as ambitious cosmopolitan gentleman, President of London's Royal Society, Master of the Mint, and investor in the slave trade.

5 stars out of 5
Marcus Berkmann
11 Mar 2021

"Fara’s story is full of colour: her subject had an eventful life"

She is not just writing about Newton, she is painting a portrait of the age in which he lived, worked, schmoozed and manoeuvred. To do this she structures her book around a painting by William Hogarth, executed after Newton’s death, in which a marble bust of the great man looks down on a drawing room full of his friends, associates and proteges. It’s a clever device that brings many otherwise disparate themes and stories together. She also writes with an elegance and a wit you don’t generally associate with history books.