The Last Man Who Knew Everything

The Last Man Who Knew Everything (2006), written by Andrew Robinson, is a biography of the British polymath Thomas Young (1773–1829).[1]

The Last Man Who Knew Everything
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Portrait of Thomas Young by Henry Briggs, used for the book cover
AuthorAndrew Robinson
CountryUnited Kingdom, United States
SubjectThomas Young (1773–1829)
GenreBiography, history of science
PublisherOneworld Publications (UK),
Pi Press (USA)
Publication date
October 2006
Media typePrint (hardcover, paperback)

This biography is subtitled Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius, which gives a very brief idea of Young's polymathic career. It is divided into an introduction followed by 16 chapters describing Young’s life and work in approximate chronological order. Particular emphasis is given to Young's achievements in physics (e.g., Young's modulus), mathematics, physiology, medicine (e.g., Young's rule), linguistics, and Egyptology.

The book was published in hardback by Pi Press in the United States and by Oneworld Publications in the United Kingdom. It subsequently appeared in paperback editions. It has been featured on the BBC.[2]

The book has been reviewed in a number of publications and online, including Amazon,[3]The Guardian,[4]The Independent,[5]The Lancet,[6]Publishers Weekly,[7]The Spectator,[8] and The Telegraph.[9][10]


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