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Ariel L. Chicas

Professor Chuck Iverson

Physics 210


Father of physic: Isaac Newton

In the Physic class we have studied various topics such as measuring speed, measuring sound and heat but there was a name that was always mentioned and that name was Isaac Newton. It was mentioned either by his three laws or a unit of measurement. Isaac Newton was a greatest English astronomer and he was also highlighted as a great physicist and mathematician. He was actually a genius to whom we owe the discovery of the law of universal gravitation, which is one of the cornerstones of modern science. He was one of the inventors of differential and integral calculus. He managed to build the first reflecting telescope. There are also important contributions to the study of light. He established the laws of classical mechanics, and starting from the universal law of gravitation deduced Kepler's laws more generally.

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643, in the village of Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, curiously the same day that Galileo Galilei died. He was a premature infant and was also known as a neurotic child. Newton's life was very difficult. His father, a farmer, died of pneumonia a few months before, and his mother struggled to carry forward the family farm. There were very difficult times in his country. A civil war that altered England for six years had begun in 1642. When I was three, his widowed mother remarried and left him with his grandmother.

His early education was received in schools in nearby villages. At twelve he was enrolled in primary school at Grantham, a town ten miles from home. He got along poorly with the other boys from school; they found him to be weird and too smart. Newton built a small wooden windmill. He...