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Sir Isaac Newton's Contributions

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"Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in sight;
God said, ' let Newton be', and all was light."
(Pope.)

“Our society depends upon science, and yet to many of us what scientists do is a mystery” (Hall, 1992, p. XI). Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist, was considered one of the greatest scientists in history. Without Newton’s contributions, the world would not be the same: modern technology such as computers and televisions would not exist; space and many others things would not have been explored. During his early life, Sir Isaac Newton was able to develop calculus as well as theories of natural forces and optics, based initially upon the knowledge left by his predecessors.

Born at Woolsthorpe, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, where he attended school, he entered Cambridge University in 1661; he was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 1667, and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in 1669. He remained at the university as a lecturer until 1696. Of these Cambridge years, in which Newton was at the height of his creative power, he singled out 1665-1666(spent largel...


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Sullivat, R. (1998). When the apple falls. Astronomy, 26, 55-63.

Westfall, R. (1993). The life of Isaac Newton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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