Robert Boyle ranks with Newton and Einstein as one of the world's most important scientists. Aristocrat and natural philosopher, he was a remarkably wide-ranging and penetrating thinker-pioneering the modern experimental method, championing a novel mechanical view of nature, and reflecting deeply on philosophical and theological issues related to science. But, as Michael Hunter shows, Boyle was also a complex and contradictory personality, fascinated by alchemy and magic and privately plagued with doubts about faith and conscience, which troubled the rational vision he heralded. This extraordinary work is the first biography of Boyle in a generation, and the culminating achievement of a world-renowned expert on the scientist. Deftly navigating Boyle's voluminous published works as well as his personal letters and papers, Hunter's complete and intimate account gives us the man rather than myth, the troubled introvert as well as the public campaigner. Lively, perceptive, and full of original insights, this is the definitive account of a remarkable man and the changing world in which he lived. Winner of the Samuel Pepys Award in 2011, this much-admired biography offers a complete and intimate account of Robert Boyle, one of the world's most important scientists. Best remembered for Boyle's Law, he was also the inventor of the vacuum pump and a pioneer of the modern experimental method. This paperback Yale University Press edition was published in 2010. The plastic coating on the cover is starting to roll back from the long edge of the front cover and the spine is creased. There are also some faint scratches on the back cover. The corners are turned and the edges are rubbed. There is a grey mark along the long edge of the book block. However, the pages are clean and bright with beautiful black and white illustrations. There is a comprehensive index.