'"Meticulously researched . . . explores an aspect of nineteenth-century Newtonianism that will reward scholars of Victorian science, historiography, biography, and literature."
"Reading this fine and fascinating book is a salutary experience."
"Higgitt has produced a well-researched and carefully crafted book which will be of interest to historians of science, literature, religion and Victorian culture. It is indeed an excellent example of the truly interdisciplinary nature of much current research in the history of science."
—British Journal for the History of Science
"Throws interesting light on the growing knowledge of Newton's involvement in alchemy among his biographers."
"Higgitt's well-researched study signals the rich resource that scientific biography offers to the historian of science."
—British Society for Literature and Science Online Book Reviews