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The Woolsthorpe Manor. He was born prematurely and was a small child.
His mother said that he was so small he could have fit inside a quart pot. Sir
Isaac Newton was born three months after the death of his father. When Sir
Isaac Newton was three, his mother remarried to The Reverend Barnabus Smith.
Sir Isaac Newton was left in the care of his maternal grandmother.
From the age of twelve until he was seventeen he was educated at The
King's School, Grantham. His mother returned to Woolsthorpe in 1653 after the
death of her husband. At that time Sir Isaac Newton was taken from school to
work on his family farm. His mother then sent him back to school so that he could
finish his education. He returned to King's School at Grantham. In June
1661, he was admitted to Trinity College. During his undergraduate years he
mastered the works of René Descartes, Pierre Gassendi, Thomas
Hobbes, and other figures. In 1664 Sir Isaac Newton had begun to master
Descartes' Géométrie and other forms of mathematics. In 1665, he discovered
the generalized binomial theorem and began to develop a mathematical theory
that would later become calculus. In August of 1665 Sir Isaac Newton received
his bachelor's degree at Cambridge without honors. During time the University
had closed down because of the great plague. So Sir Isaac Newton studied at
his home in Woolsthorpe over the next two years. During this time he worked on
calculus, Optics and the law of gravitation. In 1667 he returned to Cambridge.
Sir Isaac Newton's first invention was the reflecting telescope. He also helped
define the laws of gravity, planetary motion and explained laws of
Light and color. In the 1670’s, Newton became very interested in theology. He
Studied Hebrew scholarship and ancient and modern theologians. In 1686 he
wrote the book Principia, a book about orbits of the planets and there
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gravitational force towards the sun. In 1703 he was elected president of the
Royal Society and remained until his death. In 1704 he wrote the book Opticks.
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was buried in Westminster Abbey. Sir Isaac Newton will always be known as
the English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist,
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