Sir Isaac Newton Biography

Sir Isaac Newton (b.1624- d.1727) is arguably the greatest scientist of all time. Two of his books, Principia Mathematica and Opticks have been best sellers in the science world.

Remember that gosh-hard mathematics called Calculus. Sir Isaac Newton invented that at 22 years old! This brainiac would calculate logarithms to fifty decimal places just for fun!

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Isaac Newton was born 1624 in Woolsthorpe England, the son of a yeoman farmer. Initial life for Newton was not rosy. He was frail at birth. And his father had died a few months before his birth. His mother remarried 2 years later and left him in the care of his grandparents. Newton admitted later that as a child he was so enraged by his perceived abandonment that he had wanted to burn his mother and stepfather in their home.

As a boy, Newton's life stabilized and he found himself drawn to building mechanical toys. He built windmills and kites. Sometimes he would mischievously hang candles on kites fooling villagers into thinking they were comets.

As a young man, Isaac Newton was admitted to the Trinity College at Cambridge University. He rarely traveled. Had few friends. And studied feverishly seven days a week, up to 18 hours a day.

By 25 years old, Newton had proved that light was actually comprised of a fusion of the colors of the rainbow.

He was made Chair of the Mathematics division of Cambridge University and was noted around campus for his prematurely gray hair and painfully boring lectures.

Isaac Newton's pinnacle discoveries include: Calculus, the reflective optical telescope, Gravity, and the Laws of Motion. Newton's telescope principles are still employed today at star observatories. And his gravitational principles gave birth to our trips to the moon.

Newton's discovery of gravity he described as occurring while he sat under an apple tree contemplating what kept the universe in place when an apple plopping to the ground awakened his understanding. Eureka.

At 50 years old, Newton suffered a nervous breakdown after working on alchemy for five days without sleep. When he recovered, he spent more time on theology, became a member of Parliament, was Knighted, and became President of the Royal Society of Science.

Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727 at 84, and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

So what was Newton's study cram secret? Well he said: "The way to chastity is not to struggle directly with thought but to avert your thoughts by some employment, through reading or meditation on other things." And Isaac walked his talk.

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Article Last Updated: August 31 2014
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