Sir Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton

(25/Dec/1642 – 20/Mar/1727)

Early Life of Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day, in 1643, to a poor farming family. His father died 3 months before he was born. His mother later remarried, but her second husband did not get on with Isaac; leading to friction between Isaac and his parents. The young Isaac attended school at King’s School, Grantham in Lincolnshire (where his signature is still inscribed in the walls). Isaac was one of the top students, but before completing his studies his mother withdrew him from school, so Isaac could work as a farmer. It was only through the intervention of the headmaster that Isaac was able to return to finish his studies; he passed his final exams with very good results, and was able to go to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Newton at Cambridge

At Cambridge he was able to pursue his interests in mathematics, science and physics. Isaac Newton had a extraordinary ability to think about mathematical problems, and then focus on them until he had solved the mystery behind them. His one pointed nature led him to, at times, be detached from the world. For example, he had little time for women. An early teenage romance came to nothing, and he remained single throughout his life. Sir Isaac Newton has been referred to as one of the greatest genius’ of history. His mathematical and scientific achievements give credibility to such a view. Amongst his many accomplishments in the field of science include: Developing a theory of Calculus. Unfortunately, at the same time as Newton, calculus was being developed by Leibinz.  When Leibinz published his results, there was a bitter feud between the two men, with Newton claiming plagiarism. This bitter feud lasted until Leibinz death in 1713.

Mathematical Achievements of Newton

• generalized binomial theorem
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• Newton's identities,
• Newton's method,
• classified cubic plane curves (polynomials of degree three in...
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