Our audience and cast alike have enjoyed inhabiting the space between fact and fiction during Isaac’s Eye; trying to keep the facts written on the chalkboard in mind while also exploring the what-could-have-been fiction of the personal relationships played out onstage. If you walked away thinking you’d love to know more about the characters, the history, or the science in the show,  or wanted to keep imagining possibilities, we have some further reading suggestions for you.

Isaac Newton by James Gleick
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick
The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London  by Lisa Jardine
England’s Leonardo: Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth-Century Scientific Revolution by Allan Chapman

Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society by Bill Bryson
A History of Optics from Greek Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century by Olivier Darrigol

Historical Fiction
The Baroque Cycle: Quicksilver, The Confusion, System of the World by Neal Stephenson

Opticks by Isaac Newton
by Robert Hooke 
Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind by Arthur Zajonc
A History of Color: The Evolution of Theories of Light and Color by Robert A. Crone

magnifying glassMystery Fiction
Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton by Philip Kerr
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott


balloons1Children’s Books
Robert Hooke: Creative Genius, Scientist, Inventor by Mary Gow
Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution by Gale E. Christianson


Enjoy reading and exploring all of the angles of Isaac’s Eye! Once you read any of the above or if you have any books to add to our list, let us know in the comments below.