Isaac Newton began his schooling in the village, and was later sent to a grammar school where he has the top student. He entered Cambridge University in 1661 to study theology, but later switched the mathematics. He did a lot of his mathematic works here. He paid for his college by waiting tables and cleaning rooms for the faculty and wealthier students. Newton finished his degree in 1664. He wanted to pursue higher education, but was forced to leave due to the bubonic plague that swept across Europe and closed the school. Newton spent the next eighteen months in his childhood hometown of Woolsthorpe. He spent the majority of this time doing the fundamental thinking for all his subsequent work on gravitation and optics and developed for his own use his system of calculus.
In 1667 Newton returned to Cambridge to work in alchemy. However after reading Nicolas Mercator's book on methods for dealing with infinite series, he became interested in mathematics. Newton immediately... [continues]
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