Last Man Who Knew Everything

Pages: 304
Subject: Biography, Science
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations

Last Man Who Knew Everything

Andrew Robinson

This is the extraordinary story of the polymath Thomas Young, who cared less about what others thought of him than for the unbridled pursuit of knowledge.
Paperback
9781851685523 (1 Oct 2007)
RRP £9.99

The Book

This is the extraordinary story of the polymath


Thomas Young, who cared less about what others


thought of him than for the unbridled pursuit of


knowledge.

Additional Information

Subject Biography, Science
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations

About the Author

Andrew Robinson is a King's Scholar of Eton College and holds degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is the author of more than fifteen books, including The Story of Measurement (2007), and four biographies: Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity; The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris; Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye; and Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man (written with Krishna Dutta). From 1994-2006, he was literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement. He is now a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a full-time writer.

Reviews

"This is a fascinating book"

- BBC History Magazine

"Robinson's brisk and engaging biography succeeds in rescuing Young from the "dilettante" charge. His thumbnail sketches of the scientific debates that his hero altered - whether on nautical astronomy, theories of light or the Rosetta Stone - have a clarity and focus Young himself would cheer."

- The Independent