Sir Isaac Newton

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As we look into the study of motion, we must first acknowledge the founder of its’ laws: Sir Isaac Newton. Most highly known for his published laws of motion known as the “Principia,” Newton was not always aware of these omnipresent laws of Physics. In order to discover these findings, Newton pondered about the events he experienced, and the things that happened on a daily basis just as we do today.

Sir Isaac Newton was born on December 31st, 1642, in Woolsthorpe, near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Being born prematurely, odds were against him surviving healthy, and not becoming fatally ill. However, although struggling through his first few years, Newton prevailed. Newton was born fatherless; his father had been killed two months prior to his birth. The outbreak of the Civil War around them and the tremendous amount of work required to care for their farm was too much to handle for Newton’s mother; at the tender age of three, he was separated from his mother during her second attempt at marriage. Being left with his grandmother for most of his childhood, Newton developed a strong hatred for his stepfather and a longing for the attention of his mother. Newton’s mother did not return until he was years later after her second husband’s death.

Upon his mother’s return, Newton was pulled from school to fulfill his duties on the family farm. Failing in this forced attempt, he later returned to school to prepare for admittance into Trinity College, Cambridge. “Admitted to the University of Cambridge on 1661, Newton at first failed to shine as a student.” (Ravilious) Through out Newton’s first three years at Cambridge, in order to pay his way through schooling, he waited tables and cleaned the rooms of faculty members, and also those of ...

... middle of paper ... his calculation, he discovered he had somehow misplaced it. So in turn, in 1684, Newton composed his De Motu. From that he diligently worked on another book for two years. Putting forth immense amounts of labor and dedication, he compiled one of the most important books ever written and published in all of science: the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

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