GUNPOWDER & GEOMETRY | THE LIFE OF CHARLES HUTTON: PIT BOY, MATHEMATICIAN AND SCIENTIFIC REBEL

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August, 1755. Newcastle, on the north bank of the Tyne.

In the fields, men and women are getting the harvest in. Sunlight, or rain. Scudding clouds and backbreaking labour. Three hundred feet underground, young Charles Hutton is at the coalface. Cramped, dust-choked, wielding a five-pound pick by candlelight. Eighteen years old, he’s been down the pits on and off for more than a decade, and now it looks like a life sentence. No unusual story, although Charles is a clever lad – gifted at maths and languages – and for a time he hoped for a different life. Many hoped.

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PB

Publisher

William Collins

Size

12.7 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm