Biography of Sir Isaac Newton

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Isaac Newton is considered by many to be one of the most influential people in human history. Born on January 4th 1643 (New Style calendar, December 25th 1642 on the Old Style) at Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Isaac Newton was involved in the fields of physics, math, astronomy, among other fields. Best known in the Physics community for his three laws of motion as well as his description of universal gravitation, he was also responsible for much during his life. Born three months after the death of his father, a farmer also named Isaac Newton, he was born prematurely. He was a small child and not expected to survive.

When Newton was three, his mother remarried and moved in with her new husband, Reverend Barnabus Smith, who lived in North Witham (approximately one mile away). His mother left Isaac in the care of his maternal grandmother, Margery Ayscough. Isaac did not like his stepfather and held some bitterness towards his mother for marrying him. From the ages of twelve to seventeen, Newton went to school at The King's School, Grantham. He was then removed from school and in October 1659, found himself back home where his mother, now widowed for a second time, attempted to make a farmer of him, much to Isaac’s abhorrence. Henry Stokes, master at the King's School, convinced his mother to send him back to school. Here he became the top-ranked student.

In June 1661, he was admitted to Trinity College as a sizar. The college teachings at the time were based on Aristotle, however Newton preferred to read the more advanced ideas of modern philosophers such as Descartes, and of astronomers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. In 1665, he discovered the generalised binomial theorem (the algebraic expansion...

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Truly one of the most influential people in human history, Isaac Newton was responsible for significant advancements in the fields of mathematics, physics, and astronomy among others. Living a full life, Newton changed the way we understand the universe and allowed us to make societal and technological advancements that would not have been possible without the information he discovered.

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