Sir Isaac Newton

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  • Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643 in Lincolnshire, England
  • Newton attended the King's school in Lincolnshire up until age twelve. After failing as a farmer, he was enrolled in the University of Cambridge's Trinity College.
  • While studying in Cambridge, Newton kept a second book of notes, entitled "Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae" or Certain Philosophical Questions. Due to this dual study though, he did not perform very well in his classes.
  • Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae
  • While Newton's college had shut down due to the plague, he saw an apple fall from a tree straight down, without an angle. This question led him to the theory of gravity.
  • Why did the apple fall straight and not at an angle?
  • During this break from school, he created the method of infinitesimal calculus as well.
  • Calculus
  • Newton made discoveries in optics by using his telescope, and in 1668 created his own reflecting telescope. He believed that light was composed of all the colors in the spectrum and was made up of particles instead of waves.
  • Light is made up of all the colors in the spectrum and is composed of particles.
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