Sir Isaac Newton

"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." -Isaac Newton

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Isaac Newton was an established physicist and mathematician, and is credited as one of the great minds of the 17th century Scientific Revolution. With discoveries in optics, motion and mathematics, Newton developed the principles of modern physics.

Quick Facts!

Birth: Born premature and tiny on January 4th, 1643, in Woolsthorpe, England, United Kingdom

Death: March 31, 1727 (age 84) in London, England, United Kingdom

Appearance: Stern look, with brown eyes and curly hair.

Personality Traits: Intensely private person, showed frequent signs of emotional insecurity, and outbursts of violent temper.

Family: He was born three months after the death of his father, a farmer also named Isaac; he had two stepsisters named Mary and Hannah and a stepbrother named Benjamin.

Social Class: "Yeoman Class" meaning "lower working class" in England

Home Life/Education: His father, wealthy but uneducated, died before Newton was born, and he ended up being raised by his grandmother after his mother remarried.

From the age of about twelve until he was seventeen, Newton was educated at The King's School, Grantham which taught him Latin but no mathematics.

Newton actually studied for a degree in law at Trinity College at Cambridge University.

What got Newton interested in math? He bought a book on the subject and couldn’t comprehend it. After getting his bachelor’s degree in 1665, he studied math physics, optics and astronomy on his own

Newton himself would tell the story of an apple falling from a tree giving him inspiration for his work on gravity. However, there is no evidence he was actually hit by an apple!

Discoveries and Inventions:

The Universal Law of Gravitation

Newton's Three Laws of Motion

Theory of Light and Color Spectrum


Newtonian Cat Doors

The Philosopher's Stone

Newton's Law of Cooling


Newton was one among dozens of empirical thinkers during the Renaissance period who was fascinated by scripture, alchemy, nature and experimental laboratory work.

Isaac Newtons discoveries had many effects on the world without them we wouldn't have gotten far we would still be wondering what is motion, gravity and light is and what it's there for. In the future we would have made much better things because of these amazing discoveries and know and understand more about it.

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