The Contributions of Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton was a profound mathematician and physicist, one of the primary scientificintellects of all time. For almost 300 years, Newton has been known as the leader in scientific achievements of modern physical science as well as mathematical research. Dedicated to learning and experimenting, Newton also plunged into chemistry, early history of Western Civilization and theology, and a concentration of special studies in forms and dimensions, which also included Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. On Christmas day in 1642, Newton was born to a widowed farming mother. In 1664 while still a student, Newton studied optics and light. He investigated the refraction of light by a glass prism, which led to discovering measurable mathematical patterns in the phenomenon of color (1). He found white light to be a mixture of infinitely varied colored rays, each ray identifiable by the angle that it is refracted on entering or leaving a given translucent medium. Newton also correlated this experiment with his study of the interface of colors on thin films, such as oil and soap bubbles. He used a simple technique of measuring the thickness of each film used (2). This experiment of optics and light were widely unaccepted by many scientists. Newton'sexperiments were thought to be unconventional because they went against the previous ideas of optics and light. The skepticism of Christian Huygnes and Edme Mariotte's failure to duplicated Newton's experiments set other scientists on the European Continent against Newton for a generation. Newton's showed early intellect in mathematics through his notes in school. Newton made contributions to all branches of mathematics, but mainly discovered solutions to contemporary problems in analyti... ... middle of paper ... ...dern science. Footnotes: 1. Hall, A. Rupert. Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought. New York: Cambrige Press. 1992. pg 68. 2. Hall, A. Rupert. Isaac Newton Eighteenth-Century Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999. pg 72. 3. White, Michael. Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer. Reading, Massachusettes: Addison-Wesley. 1997. pg 78. 4. White, 79. 5. White, 89. 6. White, 180. 7. Hall, 234. 8. Hall, 235. 9. Hall, 270. 10. Hall, 286. 11. White, 295. Bibliography: Hall, A. Rupert. Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought. New York: Cambrige Press. 1992. pg 68. Hall, A. Rupert. Isaac Newton Eighteenth-Century Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999. pg 72. White, Michael. Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer. Reading, Massachusettes: Addison-Wesley. 1997. pg 78.

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