Issac Newton

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Throughout his life, Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He was one of the greatest scientists of all time. He is famous for many things, including the discovery of Calculus, the Laws of Motions, and the Laws of Gravitation. Many of Newton’s ideas are used extensively today as basic knowledge, and much of modern science today is based on the understanding of Newton’s laws. It would be hard to imagine life today without the discoveries of Newton.

Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England on Christmas Day, in the same year that Galileo died. His father had died a few months before he was even born. When Newton was three, his mother remarried and moved to another village, leaving him alone with his grandmother. When the man that his mother had married died, she came back, bringing three children with her.

Two years later, Newton went away to grammar school, where he stayed living with the local chemist, and was fascinated by chemicals. The plan for Newton was that at age seventeen he would come home and look after the farm.

However, when he came back home, Newton turned out to be a total failure as a farmer, pretty much because when Newton had an idea, he couldn’t think of anything else. Many people nowadays believe that Newton was mentally ill with some form of autism. Once during a storm, his mother sent him to shut the barn doors to keep them from being torn off. Half an hour later, Newton had not returned, so she went to see where the boy was. He had forgotten all about the barn doors and they were ripped off the hinges. Meanwhile, Newton was jumping again and again from an open window to the...