The orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor may be small, but it is one of the world’s most stunning scientific heritage sites. The famous story of Isaac Newton under the apple tree has come to hold the power of ancient legend.

But this unassuming farmhouse in the Lincolnshire countryside is also Newton’s childhood home, and the place he returned to as a young student at Cambridge, conducting his early experiments in splitting light. In this guidebook, historian of science, Dr Patricia Fara, shines a new light on the story of Isaac Newton; his life, science and birthplace; the place that inspired him, and that continues to inspire future generations of scientists today.

With stunning new photography and a special foreword by British astronaut Tim Peake, who took pips from Newton’s apple tree into space on his 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

About the author

Dr Patricia Fara has a degree in physics and is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. A leading historian of science, she regularly gives lectures as well as TV and radio interviews about the eighteenth century. Her books include Newton: The Making of Genius (2002), the prize-winning Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009), and A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in World War one (2018).

SKU: 50037730
Format: Paperback
Author: Patricia Fara. Foreword by Tim Peake
Dimensions: 21 x 21cm
ISBN: 9781911384748
No. of Pages: 56

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Published September 2018


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