This bibliography contains resources about Newton; calculus, physics, and astronomy; and the history of science and mathematics.
Newton's Life and Works
Books
In
the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and His Times
by Gale E. Christianson. Free Press, 1984.
Examines the scientist's reclusive personality, recreates the turbulent
intellectual atmosphere of seventeenthcentury Europe, and details Newton's
discoveries in physics, optics, and astronomy. [A]
Isaac Newton
by James Gleick. Pantheon Books, 2003.
Looks at significant letters and unpublished notebooks of Newton to illuminate
the importance of his work in physics, optics, and calculus. [A]
Isaac Newton
by Paul Mason. Raintree SteckVaughn, 2001.
Explains Newton's contributions to science and how the bubonic plague and
political and religious changes affected both Newton and society. Illustrated
with maps, diagrams, photographs, and reproductions of paintings. Includes
primarysource quotes. [C]
Isaac Newton and Gravity
by Steve Parker. Chelsea House, 1995.
Relates Newton's accomplishments as well as interesting vignettes of his life.
Includes illustrations of his experiments. [C]
Isaac Newton: Discovering Laws That Govern the Universe
by Michael White. Blackbirch Press, 1999.
Presents a biography of Newton with illustrations, boxed quotes, and a time
line of important events. [C, YA]
Isaac Newton: The Greatest Scientist of All Time
by Margaret J. Anderson. Enslow, 1996.
Provides a biography of Newton's life. [C]
Isaac Newton: Organizing the Universe
by William J. Boerst. Morgan Reynolds, 2004.
Describes Newton's life and explores his accomplishments in relation to
historical events within the scientific community. Includes reproductions of
period paintings, drawings, and documents. [C, YA]
Isaac Newton: Reluctant Genius
by D.C. Ipsen. Enslow, 1985.
Provides a look at Newton and some of his discoveries, including the theory of
gravity, the secrets of light and color, and the system of calculus. [YA]
Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution
by Gale E. Christianson. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Relates a biography of Newton as both a great scientist and a man with
alltoohuman faults. Explores his rivalries, working style, and his interest
in alchemy. [YA]
Let Newton Be!
by John Fauvel, ed. Oxford University Press, 1988.
Explores the diverse facets of Newton's life from mathematics to theology,
mechanics to music, and optics to alchemy. [A]
The Life of Isaac Newton
by Richard S. Westfall. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Examines Newton's personal life and scientific career. [A]
Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World
by David Berlinski. Free Press, 2000.
Follows Newton's life from childhood through adulthood, outlining his many
advances in scientific and mathematical thought. [YA, A]
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
by Stephen W. Hawking, ed. Running Press, 2002.
Places selections from Newton's Principia in the context of selected
writings of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Einstein. Includes biographies of
each scientist. [A]
Opticks: Or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and
Colours of Light
by Isaac Newton. Dover, 1952.
Describes Newton's own experiments with spectroscopy, color, lenses,
reflection, refraction, and more in easytounderstand language. Based on the
Fourth Edition (London, 1730). Includes a foreword by Albert Einstein. [A]
The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
by Isaac Newton. University of California Press, 1999.
Presents, in Newton's own mathematical terms, the principles of time, force,
and motion that have helped to guide the development of modern physical
science. Corrects errors and modernizes language of earlier translations. [A]
Videos & DVDs
Biography:
Sir Isaac Newton
A&E Home Video, 1998.
Profiles Newton as one of the greatest minds in history. [YA, A]
Newton's Dark Secrets
WGBH, 2005.
Examines Newton's life and work, and chronicles his interest in alchemy and
religion. [YA, A]
Web Sites
NOVA—Newton's Dark Secrets
www.pbs.org/nova/newton
Find articles, interviews, interactive activities, and resources in this
companion Web site to the program. [C, YA, A]
Footprints of the Lion
www.lib.cam.ac.uk/exhibitions/Footprints_of_the_Lion
Presents a broad view of Newton's life through a collection of original
documents held by the Cambridge University Library. Examines the expanse of
Newton's work and the extensive thought behind it. [A]
The Newton Project
www.newtonproject.ic.ac.uk
Features a highquality electronic facsimile of Newton's papers, consisting of
digital images alongside textencoded transcriptions. [YA, A]
Sir Isaac Newton
wwwhistory.mcs.standrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Newton.html
Provides a comprehensive time line of Newton's life and accomplishments. [A]
Calculus, Physics, and Astronomy
Books
Calculus for the Utterly Confused
by Robert Oman. McGrawHill, 1999.
Explains and applies calculus concepts to such fields as business, medicine,
physics, and health. [A]
The Handy Physics Answer Book
by P. Erik Gundersen. Visible Ink Press, 1999.
Contains more than 800 questions and answers on a number of topics. [C, YA]
The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Space
by Martin Redfern. Kingfisher, 1998.
Introduces topics such as the Big Bang and life in the universe. [C]
Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
by Terence Dickinson. Firefly Books, 1998.
Provides an introductory howto for nighttime viewing. [YA, A]
The Rainbow Mystery
by Jennifer Dussling. Kane Press, 2002.
Presents a story that explains the colors of a rainbow. [C]
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant
Teacher
by Richard P. Feynman. AddisonWesley, 1995.
Discusses gravity in a simplified manner. [YA, A]
Waves: Principles of Light, Electricity, and Magnetism
by Paul Fleisher. Lerner Publications, 2002.
Offers an overview of light, electricity, and magnetism within a historical
context. [C, YA]
Videos & DVDs
Life by the Numbers
Monterey Video, 1998. Offers seven onehour programs that explain the role of mathematics in real
life, such as in sports, technology, and space exploration. [C, YA]
Roller Coaster
WGBH, 1993.
Explores the science of roller coasters. [C, YA, A]
Web Sites
Amusement Park Physics: Roller Coaster
www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster.html
Allows users to design and testdrive their own online roller coasters. [YA,
A]
Astronomy Picture of the Day
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Provides a daily image or photograph of the universe. [C, YA, A]
Fear of Physics
www.fearofphysics.com
Illustrates the laws of physics behind sports and everyday activities. Includes
homework help and a physics dictionary. [YA]
Visual Calculus
archives.math.utk.edu/visual.calculus
Features a collection of modules that can be used to study or teach calculus. Various plugins are needed to view some of the pages. [YA, A]
History of Science and Mathematics
Books
The Crest of the Peacock: The NonEuropean Roots of Mathematics
by George Gheverghese Joseph. Princeton University Press, 2000.
Focuses on nonEuropean mathematics—the influence of the Egyptians and
Babylonians on the Greeks; the major creative contributions of the Arab people;
and the mathematics of India and China. [A]
Everything's Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology
by Tony Rothman. Wiley, 2003.
Chronicles milestones in the history of science, emphasizing omissions and
inaccuracies in longaccepted accounts of invention and discovery. [YA, A]
Eyes on the Universe
by George Reed. Marshall Cavendish, 2001.
Summarizes the history of astronomy. [C, YA]
Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science—From the
Babylonians to the Maya
by Dick Teresi. Simon and Schuster, 2002.
Examines scientific advances made by early nonWestern societies and looks at
the impact of the advances on Western science. [YA, A]
Math and Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries Around the
World
by Leonard C. Bruno. UXL, 2003.
Compiles biographies of mathematicians throughout history and provides articles
describing math concepts and principles. [YA]
Science in Ancient Greece
by Kathlyn Gay. Franklin Watts, 1998.
Discusses
theories and discoveries of ancient Greek philosophers and scientists, and the
impact of their discoveries on modern science. Provides an experiment for
readers to conduct at home. [C, YA]
Science in Early Islamic Culture
by George Beshore. Franklin Watts, 1998.
Outlines the scientific discoveries of the Islamic world after the birth of
Mohammed in A.D. 571, and discusses the impact of the discoveries on Western
civilization. [C, YA]
Videos & DVDs
Galileo's
Battle for the Heavens
WGBH, 2002.
Examines Galileo's astronomical discoveries, shares his correspondence with his
daughter, and explores his clash with the Catholic Church.
[YA, A]
Infinite Secrets
WGBH, 2003.
Profiles Archimedes' life and work, and the science involved in the restoration
of the Palimpsest. [YA, A]
Web Sites
MacTutor History of Math Archive
wwwhistory.mcs.stand.ac.uk/history/index.html
Includes numerous biographies of notable mathematicians, searchable by name, location, time, or subject. [YA, A]
Windows to the Universe: History and People
www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/people/people.html
Provides information about ancient and modern philosophers, astronomers, and
scientists. [C, YA, A]
