Isaac Newton

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Isaac Newton was born in Wools Thorpe, Lincolnshire, in England on Dec 25 1642. His father died before his birth and his mother raised him until she remarried. When she got married Isaac?s grandmother took over his upbringing at the age of three.

In 1656 his mother returned after the death of her second husband. She hoped to take Isaac out of school in the hope of making him a farmer. Eventually he was able to persuade his mother to let him apply for The University of Cambridge, where he hoped to fulfill his dream and study science. In 1661 he finally got his wish and attended Trinity College, where he studied, Arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy. He graduated in 1665. After graduating from college he began to experiment with light. He found that when light passes through a prism, or crystal form, it breaks up into wide bands of colors called spectrums.

He concluded that light is a mixture of pure colors and that light is made up of tiny particles that travel in straight lines.

Isaac Newton is still considered today to be one of the most important scientists of all time. Besides coming up with the motion laws he also presented us with the gravitation laws, which explains how objects move on earth as well as the heavens. He was deeply religious; in fact his faith drew him to explore science and the laws of gravity.

Due to his studies of falling bodies in the solar system, he not only discovered many of the basic laws of mechanics, but also the laws of motion. They are, 1. Unless acted upon an unbalanced force, a body stays at rest, and a moving body continues moving at the same speed in the same straight line.

2. An unbalanced...