Isaac Newton

"One of the greatest names in human thought"

Background

  • Isaac Newton was born on January 4th 1643 and died on march 31st 1727
  • Born in England, Isaac Newton was a highly influential physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, alchemist and theologian.
  • From the age 12 to 17 he was educated at The Kings School in Grantham ( where you can still see his signature in the library window still).
  • Newton has obtained his degree on August 1665.
  • Newton never got married.

Achievements

  • Sir Isaac Newton was a British mathematician and physician, who lived between 1643 and 1727. He invented calculus, came up with the three laws of motion and discovered the law of gravity. Newton is considered to be among the most important scientists in the history of the world.
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Newton's Impact on Today

  1. Newton, a physicist and philosopher, discussed in his works several concepts that later became the basis of classical physics. His important theories included laws of motion governing how objects move through space, as well as the foundations of calculus. Newton also discussed the concept of absolute time, which was the same everywhere and for everyone
  2. The laws of motion were certainly among his greatest achievements. Newton laid down the law, literally, for inertia, action, and reaction and acceleration. They were outlined in his landmark book on mathematics: "Principia." In essence, he explained such things as why stuff moves, what causes it to move and how its mass impacts the force it imparts. Furthermore, he displayed that changes in the motion of objects could be predicted.


  3. Newton also changed how we view light. He found that ordinary "white" light could be broken into component colors by shining the light through a prism. The prism refracted the light, producing all the colors of the rainbow -- the familiar Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet (or, of course, "Roy G Biv") we all know so well today.


Interesting Facts

  • In 1642, the year that Galileo Galilei died, Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas Day*. Named after his father, who died just three months before he was born, Isaac was a very small baby not expected to survive. His mother even said that Isaac was so small that he could have fit inside a quart mug.
  • There's no doubt that Newton was brilliant, but what is not commonly known was that the majority of Newton's discoveries were made between his twenty-first and twenty-seventh years. Yet, he didn't disclose these findings to the world until years later.
  • he escaped the great plague also known as the bubonic plague
  • He put a blunt needle in his eye to test the eye and light.

"We build to many walls and not enough bridges" - Sir Isaac Newton

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