The Scientific Revolution was a period during the 16th and 17th centuries when many scientific discoveries were taking place. The Revolution emphasized scientific thought and reasoning which led to the emergence of modern science. There were many influential figures appearing during this time, but none were as noteworthy as Sir Isaac Newton. He was not only central to the Revolution but he is also considered to be one of the most influential men in history. Newton is known for being a genius because he had the most extraordinary scientific mind of his age and time. He was a natural philosopher, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and much more. Newton made many revolutionary discoveries that helped provide others with information to advance
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While conducting experiments and investigations of the speed of a falling object, he found that there was no existing mathematical explanation of what was occurring. So by developing a detailed mathematical system called calculus, Newton could explain and calculate the movement of objects, planets, and much more. “...calculus allowed mathematicians and engineers to make sense of the motion and dynamic change in the changing world around us, such as the orbits of planets, the motion of fluids, etc.” (DVD, “How Isaac Newton changed the world with the invention of calculus”). In his Principia, the mathematical formulas were key to analyzing and describing the laws of motion. With his invention of calculus, he could correctly calculate fundamental elements like the relative mass of water and earth. Additionally, he is credited with much more methods and findings in mathematical practice. Newton is credited with the generalized binomial theorem which describes the algebraic expansion of powers of a binomial. He created the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which states that differentiation and integration are inverse operations. He also developed “Newton’s method” for finding more accurate approximations of the zeroes or roots of a function. Newton was the first person to use an infinite power series with any confidence. He was also one of the first people to use fractional exponents and coordinate geometry to derive solutions to diophantine equations. Plus, he made major contributions to the theory of finite differences. Isaac Newton’s work in mathematics is so phenomenal, he created the type of math that gave us phones and computers. His invention of calculus is unlimited in the ways it helps the world calculate things and create things that are used every