The Life of Sir Isaac Newton

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Over the centuries, math has evolved in an astounding way. Since the beginning of time, there have been many mathematicians that has influenced and contributed to the math we know today. None compares to the work of Sir Isaac Newton. He was influential as a person, as well as in his work.

Sir Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642 in Wools Thorpe, Lincolnshire. Shortly after his father’s death, Newton was born premature and was not expected to survive. After his father’s death, his mother got remarried to an ignorant man. His stepfather didn’t seem to like him, so he was then sent away to live with his grandmother. At the age of eleven, his stepfather died. After the death, he decided to move back home with his mother.

At the age of 12, he began to attend the King's School in Grantham; however, his schooling did not last long. According to the work in newton (1998), it states that in 1658, after being widowed again, his mother returned to Wools Thorpe and withdrew him from school because she wanted him to become a farmer. At the age of sixteen he dropped out of school to work on his mother's farm. When he began, Newton got off to a slow start in school, but eventually got well into his work until he was the top of his class. Newton was a gifted child and he always took advantage of his skills. Midway in his course at King's School, it became apparent to him that farming was not in the cards.

At the age of 19, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge (Newton, 1998). According to the work in Newton (1642), He soon began to escape life by taking interest in things mechanical and began to make water clocks, as well as innumerable drawings and diagrams. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1665, Newton stayed at Trinity to ear...

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...ays later on 20 March 1727; however, his death did not go unnoticed.

For decades, Newton has been considered the greatest scientist who ever lived or one out of a handful of the greatest scientists. According to the work in Westfield (2010)," Newton's Principia marked the culmination of the scientific revolution, which ushered in modern science, and through its legacy the work may have done more to shape the modern world than any other ever published".

Works Cited

Harper, W. (2006). Isaac Newton. In Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Gale

Newton, Isaac (1642 - 1727). (2005). Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1. Retrieved from EBSCO host.

Newton, Isaac. (2008). In Astronomy & Space: From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch. Gale.

Westfall, R. S. (2010). Newton, Sir Isaac 1642 – 1727. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 1. Retrieved from EBSCO host.
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