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The last man who knew everything : Thomas Young, the anonymous genius who proved Newton wrong, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other surprising feats

Author: Andrew Robinson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Born in 1773, Thomas Young lived in a pivotal time. The explosion of knowledge that was soon to come made it impossible to be a true polymath?a master of multiple disciplines. Young was the last of the polymaths, and his contributions to science are truly staggering. Challenging the theories of Isaac Newton, he was the first to prove that light is a wave; his work on the Rosetta Stone was instrumental in deciphering  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Thomas Young; Thomas Young; Thomas Young
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Robinson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0131343041 9780131343047 9780452288058 0452288053
OCLC Number: 77528344
Notes: "1st Plume printing, January 2007"--Title page verso.
"Previously published in a Pi Press edition"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 288 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Child prodigy --
Fellow of the Royal Society --
Itinerant medical student --
'Phenomenon' Young --
Physician of vision --
Royal institution lecturer --
Let there be light waves --
'Natural philosophy and the mechanical arts' --
Dr Thomas Young, M.D., F.R.C.P. --
Reading the Rosetta Stone --
Waves of enlightenment --
Walking encyclopedia --
In the public interest --
Grand tour --
Dueling with Champollion --
A universal man.
Other Titles: Last man who knew everything, Thomas Young, the anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other feats of genius
Thomas Young, the anonymous genius who proved Newton wrong, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other surprising feats
Anonymous genius who proved Newton wrong, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other surprising feats
Thomas Young, the anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other feats of genius
Anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta Stone, among other feats of genius
Responsibility: Andrew Robinson.
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Born in 1773, Thomas Young lived in a pivotal time. The explosion of knowledge that was soon to come made it impossible to be a true polymath?a master of multiple disciplines. Young was the last of the polymaths, and his contributions to science are truly staggering. Challenging the theories of Isaac Newton, he was the first to prove that light is a wave; his work on the Rosetta Stone was instrumental in deciphering the language of the ancient Egyptians; and his study of the human eye led him to formulate the three-color theory of vision, more than a century before it could be proved. And yet, Young was ridiculed and rejected by the scientific establishment throughout his lifetime. In "The Last Man Who Knew Everything," Andrew Robinson returns this forgotten genius to his proper position in the pantheon of great scientific thinkers. Thoroughly researched and elegantly executed, Robinson reveals the humble brilliance of a man whose eclectic genius ostracized him from his peers, but whose extraordinary breakthroughs were indispensable in forming the foundation of modern knowledge.

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