The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, The Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong…
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- Started reading:
- 2012-01-03 07:34:04
- Finished reading:
- 2012-01-12 10:54:13
Though the author cheerfully acknowledges that Thomas Young didn’t know everything and isn’t necessarily the last polymath to have lived, this biography is an attempt to to paint a better picture of this unique man and his contributions. It’s worth noting that he was a child prodigy who, as Isaac Asimov noted, matured to an adult prodigy, a relatively rare occurrence. If you see the name Young attached to optics, color theory, linguistics and many other fields, this is the guy. While a few of his contributions are somewhat ambiguous and his clashes with Champollion are well-documented, this biography places things in a different light and is worthwhile if only for that.