Publisher description: Gale E. Christianson has turned his full attention to one man alone, Isaac Newton, who emerges full-blown in these pages not merely as a preeminent astronomer but as the figure history has long known him to be : the greatest scientific thinker of modern times.
About the author
Gale Edward Christianson, professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, after suffering a heart attack. He grew up in Iowa and Nebraska, received a BA in political science from the University of Iowa in 1964, a MA in social science from the University of Northern Iowa in 1966, and a DA in history from the Carnegie Mellon University in 1971. He joined the faculty at Indiana State University in 1971, was promoted to professor in 1979, and was named a Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He retired in 2003.
During his career Christianson was known as a demanding but popular teacher. He taught a variety of courses in his specialty, the history of science. For many years he also taught the foundation methods course for history and social studies education majors, a rigorous introduction to the field that was long remembered by those who took it, as well as a popular course on history through biography. He served on a variety of university and professional committees, including the university�s Research Committee and General Education Council, and was a reviewer for numerous academic presses and grant agencies. He was also active in the Faculty Senate at Indiana State