Who is Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton - A Great Scientist
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Isaac Newton A Great Scientist

  • If Isaac Newton was never born, what would we think about the world today?


Until Sir Isaac Newton came up with many of his theories, people had many misconception about the way things worked, and how the universe and our planet, Earth, were connected. Before Newton made his discoveries known, people held on the beliefs from the ancient Greeks, who had many erroneously held conclusions about science.

Aristotle, an intellect and scholar of his time, made statements which everyone for centuries accepted as the truth. Galileo, who through his own experiments, proved Aristotle wrong. but his theories were not accepted by the world. Newton must have been profoundly affected and interested in Galileo’s work, who died the year Newton was born.

Newton spent his life answering many questions about how our world worked. In his genius, he observed, came up with proven theories, and put them into a working reality.

Before Newton Came Along...

.In Newton’s day, people were fearful of things they did not understand. Before Isaac Newton people believed light was a white color only

They held superstitious beliefs and thought for example, that seeing a comet meant the coming of disaster.

They thought that everything revolved around Earth (geocentric theory). Rainbows were thought to be a divine phenomena. Before Isaac Newton, people believed that the things near to earth would just fall down.

Newton discovered his theory of gravity, and laws of motion, which helped explain what was going on in the solar system. Through prisms, and the spectrums of colors, he was able to prove light is made up of primary colors and explain the science of rainbows. Newton knew gravity had something to do with the planets and the solar system.People thought the planets stayed in space because of an invisible shield. Through his discovery of physics, calculus, and astronomy, Isaac Newton helped explain how the universe worked and the laws that govern it.

Newton and His Discoveries

 Newton explains in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have led the way for modern physical science to grow and develop.
Newton explains in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have led the way for modern physical science to grow and develop. | Source

Newton's Scientific Theories

At the time of Newton’s discoveries, and the challenge to ancient Greek scholars thinking, many of his scientific theories were ignored. Newton believed science should only be accepted if their usefulness and application could be shown.

Newton graduated from Cambridge University in 1665, but was unable to continue his further studies because the Bubonic Plague hit London and all universities were closed down. Newton went home to his farm to research and study on his own. It was during this time, he made some of the greatest discoveries to benefit mankind.
He worked on mathematical theories such as the binomial theorem and calculus. He discovered the colored properties of light, invented a telescope that explained astronomy better than Galileo, and came up with the theory of gravity, and the laws of motion. After the plague he went back to Cambridge University to teach and learn more. Back at Cambridge, his genius was recognized and he continued to unearth new revelations that marvel the world of science even today.

Newton's Reflecting Telescope

Isaac Newton's Reflecting Telescope
Isaac Newton's Reflecting Telescope | Source

What Isaac Newton Taught the World

  • It was Isaac Newton who taught the world that light is not white, but instead consists of many colors.
  • It was Isaac Newton who discovered the theory of gravity
  • Isaac Newton is known as the father of calculus and worked on other geometric and algebraic formulas.
  • Isaac Newton introduced the scientific method of proving theories through experimentation which changed the way scientists tested their theories.
  • Newton understood the study of light and optics and used that to improve the reflecting telescope. telescope
  • Newton explained the laws of motion
  • It was Isaac Newton who invented physics
  • Isaac Newton changed the way future astronomers, mathematicians, and scientists would understand the natural world and the universe.

Newton and Cambridge University

At the time of Newton’s discoveries, and the challenge to ancient Greek scholars thinking, many of his scientific theories were ignored. Newton believed science should only be accepted if their usefulness and application could be shown.

Newton graduated from Cambridge University in 1665, but was unable to continue his further studies because the Bubonic Plague hit London and all universities were closed down. Newton went home to his farm to research and study on his own. It was during this time, he made some of the greatest discoveries to benefit mankind. He worked on mathematical theories such as the binomial theorem and calculus. He discovered the colored properties of light, refined a reflecting telescope that explained astronomy better than Galileo, and came up with the theory of gravity, and the laws of motion. After the plague he went back to Cambridge University to teach and learn more. Back at Cambridge, his genius was recognized and he continued to unearth new revelations that marvel the world of science even today.

He conducted tests in alchemy ( a precursor to chemistry), theology, mythology, and the natural sciences. Not all of his learning led to great discoveries, but Newton tried to understand the universe in ways no one ever before had studied. Newton explained the laws of motion so that the people of their time understand how objects move on Earth and in space.

Isaac Newton - A Man Who Changed the World

Newton's Personality

Newton was influenced by some of the greatest minds of his time. Newton learned from Descartes (French philosopher and mathematician), John Locke, Johannes Kepler,as (astronomer), Francis Bacon (English statesman). Through these prominent men, Newton learned and made important contributions to geometry, algebra, and calculus, and physics.
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Newton was a bit of a loner, and a difficult person. He was known for his temper. He never married. He never had any children. In 1678, he had an emotional breakdown. In 1679, his mother dies. Newton’s reaction was to not have any contact with anyone else. He was prone to depression and often getting involved into bitter disputes, some going on for decades, with other scientists and mathematicians.

Despite his difficulties, by the early 18th century, he was the dominant figure in science and math throughout England and Europe. Sir Isacc Newton died on March 31, 1727. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. He was the first scientist to ever be knighted. Queen Anne thought his ideas were so good, she bestowed the title of sir on him in 1705. Newton ushered us from the Age of the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment. His experiments helped Einstein with his theories, helped us with space exploration, and increased our knowledge in science, philosophy, and mathematics. His discoveries and genius propelled science forward with such an impact that it still influences the science and technology of today.

Newton's Discoveries of Centuries Ago Will Continue to Help Mankind

We have all heard the story about the apple falling from the tree and Newton discovering gravity. This story may just be a legend. What we do know about Newton is that he observed the world, created theories, set out to prove them to be scientifically correct and then explained it so that it made so much sense, world had no choice but to abandon its century old ideas in favor of Newton's brilliance. Newton's impact on the 17th and 18th century continues to influence the technology and science of today


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kissayer 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

This would be an excellent hub for someone doing a project on Isaac Newton - great links! :)


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Kristy, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I just think it is so fascinating that one many could have such knowledge.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This is a nice hub about a great scientist. For me it adds to my knowledge of history.Will share it on stumbleupon.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, This is all great and fascinating information on this great man and scientist,thanks so much for helping me to learn more about him.

Vote up and more !!!


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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

Well done Sir Isaac and well written toknowinfo.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Da, Thanks so much for sharing my hub on stumbleupon. And I am glad this increased your knowledge. There is so much we don't know about the world, and so much we can learn. It is good to see you and I am glad you stopped by.


DoItForHer 4 years ago

Who is Isaac Newton? Only one of the greatest -if not thee greatest- minds of all time! As smart or smarter than Einstein, Da Vinci, or Hawkings.

Getting those three on Jeapordy would be cool.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi D oIt, You are so right about Newton, that is why I wrote this hub. I try every once in a while to write about the brilliant people who made such an impact for generations. I wrote 2 hub on Ben Franklin a while back.


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NeenaShiju 2 years ago from Thrissur

I liked this hub a lot.it is a useful hub for those who are in search of Sir Issac Newton,father of modern science.the topic what Newton has taught is good for kids too...

Thanks and continue writing such informative hubs.

NeenaShiju

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