Isaac Newton's Accomplishments

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The Successful Life of Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, one of the world's most famous and influential physicists, was born on January 4th, 1643, in Woolsthorpe, England. As a child, Newton was a solitary and curious boy who enjoyed reading and experimenting. He was known for his intense focus and dedication to his work, often spending long hours in his study. Not only was he a physicist, he happened to also be a mathematician and astronomer! Newton was the son of a farmer who died three months before he was born. So, he spent the majority of his early years with his grandma after his mother remarried. With the pressure of family norms forcing Newton to pursue the agriculture lifestyle, his education was postponed. However, this fortunately …show more content…

Following this, he received his Master of Arts degree and took over as Cambridge’s Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. He was invited to show off his telescope to the Royal Society of London in 1671, and the following year he was elected to the society. He then published his notes on optics for his fellow members. Newton served as President of the Royal Society between 1703 and 1727 and his “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (famous book), was printed under the Royal Society's seal. His Principia Mathematica explains the three laws of motion which we learned about earlier this year in class. However, in class this year, we referred to them as the Laws of Dynamics instead of Newton’s Laws of Motion because during this time there was much controversy over who should get credited for these ideas. During this era, if you were not a white male, you would not get the credit you deserved even if you worked on huge projects like this one. So, technically Newton wasn’t the only physicist working on these laws of motion, but he ended up getting credited for them. Despite this, these three laws of motion describe how objects move and interact with each other. They are used in many fields of science and engineering, including physics, astronomy, and robotics. To add on, the Principia Mathematica also explained the law of universal gravitation. The law of universal gravitation describes the attraction between two objects with mass. It states that every object in the universe attracts every other object with a force that is proportional to the square distance between them. This law helps to explain many phenomena in the universe, such as the motion of planets and the formation of stars and

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