Books by Michael White

Released: March 5, 2015

"An enchanting book about the transformative power of art."
A memoir exploring how Johannes Vermeer's paintings bestow bountiful gifts. Read full book review >
SOUL CATCHER by Michael White
Released: Sept. 2, 2007

"Well-intentioned, but heavy-handed."
In White's sixth novel (The Garden of Martyrs, 2004, etc.), a man captures a runaway slave and discovers moral qualms he's been repressing for years. Read full book review >
C.S. LEWIS by Michael White
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A readable, balanced portrait of a great humanist."
Prolific English biographer White (Leonardo, 2000, etc.) delineates in lively fashion the less than saintly life of the Christian apologist, children's author, Luddite, and fuddy-duddy Oxford don. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Solid if never thrilling—a shame, given the inherently fascinating nature of the subject."
A noteworthy victim of the Inquisition—not altogether innocent, but a victim all the same—earns homage in this slender, somewhat unsatisfying biography. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sometimes clumsily written, but an interesting look at the human element in science."
A solid account of some memorable squabbles reminds readers that scientists are as prone to turf wars and ego trips as any other mortals. Read full book review >
LEONARDO by Michael White
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Though its central claim may be pushed further than the evidence would allow, this artfully wrought biography gives a true appreciation for 'the sprawling mind of this inveterate intellectual magpie.'"
Science writer White (Isaac Newton, 1997, etc.) makes a vigorous though not always convincing case that the scientific endeavors of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) were as important as his paintings. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"Covers the gamut of current scientific research on the possibility of life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. (17 illustrations)"
A sweeping look at the many possible places we can search for signs of extraterrestrial life, from distant galaxies to our own back door. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Michael White
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"White effectively sets the details of Newton's career against the larger canvas of the history of ideas, and this may be the first clear exposition of the full complexity of this brilliant and enigmatic figure."
The title gives the slant of this impressive new biography, which emphasizes Newton's intellectual debt to his predecessors. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A well-written and exceptionally detailed overview of the search for the breast cancer gene, spotlighting the breakthrough in its full dramatic impact."
Davies (editor of the journal Nature Genetics) and White (coauthor, Einstein: A Life in Science, 1994) describe one of the most dramatic discoveries to date regarding the influence of genetic factors on health—the most exciting frontier in medical research. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A solid and quite readable introduction to Darwin for the reader interested in his major contribution to our understanding of the world: the theory of evolution."
Two well-known science writers turn their hands to a can't- lose proposition: a biography of the most important scientist of the century in which science came of age. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1994

"But please, Einstein's life needs no apology!"
The same team that brought you Stephen Hawking: A life in Science has decided to defend Albert Einstein against assorted revisionist treatments. Read full book review >
STEPHEN HAWKING by Michael White
Released: June 5, 1992

"A fascinating story overall, with the added plus that White and Gribbin are able to translate Hawking's bestselling A Brief History of Time for those who bought the book but found it incomprehensible."
White (Director of Science Studies/d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford) and Gribbin (Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) have produced a definitive biography of arguably the best-known cosmologist in the world. Read full book review >