The Last Man Who Knew Everything - Andrew Robinson
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
| 13 Sep 2006
Robinson's book follows the life and work of polymath Thomas Young (1773-1829) on his journey through the sciences, medicine, language, hieroglyphics and numerous other fields. Many of Young's discoveries are detailed in his own words via a series of letters written to his close friends. Although Young's manner of expression is often highly convoluted, a problem that plagued him throughout his life, Robinson is quick to explain his ideas and make them accessible and compelling. Though this book is not a bedtime read you will feel considerably more informed after finishing it. Might give you a few pub quiz answers too. [Helen Grey]
The Last Man Who Knew Everything' is published by Pi Press. Out Now. Cover Price Ã‚Â£17.99.