In , the year Galileo died, Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe, In , three members of the Royal Society, Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke and. He was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time. But while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of gravitation, he was also searching. Life of Sir Isaac Newton (PDF) This biography delves into: Sir Isaac Newton is held in highest esteem by both secular and Christian people, his life and work .
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Sir Isaac Newton is generally regarded as the most original and influential theorist in the history of science. His passion was to unite knowledge and belief. PDF | Biography Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician, who made seminal contributions to several domains of science. 8 Isaac Newton. Potted biography. • born in Lincolnshire, East Midlands of England. • He was a small & weak baby. • Father died before birth. Mother.
His mother pulled him out of school at age Marshall, London: Ward, in the Temple, , p. Newton was soon sent back to King's School to finish his basic education. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd ed. His scientific discoveries were unchallenged. Though many of the scientists on the continent continued to teach the mechanical world according to Aristotle , a young generation of British scientists became captivated with Newton's new view of the physical world and recognized him as their leader.
Reprinted in Essays in Biography, ed. Keynes, New York: A 2 , — Leeds U. Those opinions, then highly heterodox, had more to do with his religious convictions than with a distinctly modern skepticism of the supernatural.
See S. Force and S. Hutton, Dordrecht: Kluwer, , pp. Bechler, Dordrecht: Reidel, , pp. The transmutation of metals, an ongoing project in the West for fifteen hundred years, lost nearly all intellectual respectability in the course of the 18th century. Cohen and G. Smith, Cambridge, UK: Jacquart and M. Hochmann, Geneva: Droz, , pp. Zalta, winter , http: MIT Press, , ch. Clarendon Press, , chs.
Buchwald and M. Princeton U. Scheurer and G. Debrock, Dordrecht: This historical development —following as it did the bitter and ideologically charged disputes among Cartesians, Leibnizians, and Newtonians— seems to me inexplicable except by its success in bringing a wide range of natural phenomena into a coherent and predictive mathematical account: Dover,  , pp. The relevant part of his query is quoted and annotated in H. Alexander ed. Manchester U. Institute for Advanced Study , pp.
Merton famously made a similar argument. See I. Cohen ed. Rutgers U. Routledge,  , pp.
Yet Francis Bacon, an early advocate of experimental science, had been knighted in Bacon held high political offices and Wren was an eminent architect, so that their knighthoods probably had little to do with their scientific pursuits. Marshall, London: Le Neve, letter to Isaac Newton dated 24 Nov. IV, ed. Scott, Cambridge, UK: Baronetcies are the only hereditary honors granted by the British Crown that are not titles of nobility. According to the prevailing conventions, he ranked above laborers, artisans, and husbandmen, who owned little or no land of their own, and below gentlemen, who owned enough land to live on the rent thereof, without having to work at all.
II, Edinburgh: This report is wholly based on hearsay. It is not surprising that Brewster, a proud Scot, should have been eager to claim Newton as his countryman. Hall, Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought, Cambridge, UK: Schonhorn, Mineola, NY: Random House, , pp.
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Related Downloads. Life of Sir Isaac Newton. Product Description. Legend has it that, at this time, Newton experienced his famous inspiration of gravity with the falling apple. According to this common myth, Newton was sitting under an apple tree when a fruit fell and hit him on the head, inspiring him to suddenly come up with the theory of gravity.
While there is no evidence that the apple actually hit Newton on the head, he did see an apple fall from a tree, leading him to wonder why it fell straight down and not at an angle. Consequently, he began exploring the theories of motion and gravity. It was during this month hiatus as a student that Newton conceived many of his most important insights—including the method of infinitesimal calculus, the foundations for his theory of light and color, and the laws of planetary motion—that eventually led to the publication of his physics book Principia and his theory of gravity.
In , following 18 months of intense and effectively nonstop work, Newton published Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy , most often known as Principia. It is said to be the single most influential book on physics and possibly all of science. Its publication immediately raised Newton to international prominence. Principia offers an exact quantitative description of bodies in motion, with three basic laws of motion: These laws helped explain not only elliptical planetary orbits but nearly every other motion in the universe: In Newton's account, gravity kept the universe balanced, made it work, and brought heaven and Earth together in one great equation.
Isaac Newton was the only son of a prosperous local farmer, also named Isaac Newton, who died three months before he was born. A premature baby born tiny and weak, Newton was not expected to survive. When he was 3 years old, his mother, Hannah Ayscough Newton, remarried a well-to-do minister, Barnabas Smith, and went to live with him, leaving young Newton with his maternal grandmother.
The experience left an indelible imprint on Newton, later manifesting itself as an acute sense of insecurity.
He anxiously obsessed over his published work, defending its merits with irrational behavior. At age 12, Newton was reunited with his mother after her second husband died.
She brought along her three small children from her second marriage. Newton was enrolled at the King's School in Grantham, a town in Lincolnshire, where he lodged with a local apothecary and was introduced to the fascinating world of chemistry. His mother pulled him out of school at age Her plan was to make him a farmer and have him tend the farm. Newton failed miserably, as he found farming monotonous. Newton was soon sent back to King's School to finish his basic education.
Perhaps sensing the young man's innate intellectual abilities, his uncle, a graduate of the University of Cambridge's Trinity College , persuaded Newton's mother to have him enter the university.
Newton enrolled in a program similar to a work-study in , and subsequently waited on tables and took care of wealthier students' rooms. When Newton arrived at Cambridge, the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century was already in full force. The heliocentric view of the universe—theorized by astronomers Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler, and later refined by Galileo —was well known in most European academic circles.
Yet, like most universities in Europe, Cambridge was steeped in Aristotelian philosophy and a view of nature resting on a geocentric view of the universe, dealing with nature in qualitative rather than quantitative terms. During his first three years at Cambridge, Newton was taught the standard curriculum but was fascinated with the more advanced science. All his spare time was spent reading from the modern philosophers.
The result was a less-than-stellar performance, but one that is understandable, given his dual course of study. It was during this time that Newton kept a second set of notes, entitled "Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae" "Certain Philosophical Questions". The "Quaestiones" reveal that Newton had discovered the new concept of nature that provided the framework for the Scientific Revolution.
Though Newton graduated without honors or distinctions, his efforts won him the title of scholar and four years of financial support for future education.
In , the Great Plague that was ravaging Europe had come to Cambridge, forcing the university to close. After a two-year hiatus, Newton returned to Cambridge in and was elected a minor fellow at Trinity College, as he was still not considered a standout scholar.
In the ensuing years, his fortune improved. Newton received his Master of Arts degree in , before he was During this time, he came across Nicholas Mercator's published book on methods for dealing with infinite series. Newton quickly wrote a treatise, De Analysi , expounding his own wider-ranging results. He shared this with friend and mentor Isaac Barrow, but didn't include his name as author.
In August , Barrow identified its author to Collins as "Mr. Shortly afterward, Barrow resigned his Lucasian professorship at Cambridge, and Newton assumed the chair.
Among the dissenters was Robert Hooke , one of the original members of the Royal Academy and a scientist who was accomplished in a number of areas, including mechanics and optics. While Newton theorized that light was composed of particles, Hooke believed it was composed of waves. Hooke quickly condemned Newton's paper in condescending terms, and attacked Newton's methodology and conclusions. Hooke was not the only one to question Newton's work in optics. But because of Hooke's association with the Royal Society and his own work in optics, his criticism stung Newton the worst.
Unable to handle the critique, he went into a rage—a reaction to criticism that was to continue throughout his life. Newton denied Hooke's charge that his theories had any shortcomings and argued the importance of his discoveries to all of science.