Isaac Newton

Tucker Holihan, Corey Leonard, Abby Amland

Theory of Light

Theory of Light


It all started when Newton wanted to discerns Descartes’ wave theory of light. He proclaimed that diffraction was simply a new kind of refraction.



  • He explained that the laws of reflection and refraction could only be explained if light was made up of particles, because waves do not travel in straight lines.

  • The theory of the prism experiment was that if white light traveled through more glass light would become far more corrupted and thus managed to spread out into a different array of colors.

  • Newton showed that every color has a unique angle of refraction which can be calculated by a suitable prism. He saw that all objects appear to be the same color, and that they would stay the same color no matter how many times it’s reflected and or refracted.

  • He also learned through this that color is a property of light that reflects from objects, not the property of objects.


Contributions to Astronomy

Isaac Newton is mostly remembered for his contribution to the physics and astronomy. The three laws that contribuite the most to his fame are his laws of motion. These laws are the building blocks of modern physics and astronomy. The laws state three different conceptst that when put together can explain the phenomina that scientists had been trying to figure out for centuries.

The first law stated that an object in motion stays in motion. This law is most pivitol in astronomy, this law makes the idea on constantly revolving planets understandable

The second law is the formula that is used frequently in physics, Force=mass*acceration, this formula can explain most physical actions in the universe

The third is every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This law explains why when you punch a bag, it moves to varing degrees depending on how hard you punched it.

Three Laws of Motion

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess”

Fun Facts

Many scientist celebrate Newtonmas on December 25th instead of the traditional christian holiday.

Isaac Newton's grave in Westminster Abbey is a crucial clue in the DaVinci Code.

He aslo made a appearance in the popular T.V. show "The Simpsons"

Despite all of his achievements he considered himself a failure at the end of his life because he could not perfect alchemy.