Isaac Newton was born on the 25th December 1642 in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire. His father was a farmer but he died three months before Newton was born. His mother remarried and Newton spent his childhood with his grandmother. At school he showed great skill in making model kites, sundials and windmills. In 1665 when he was 18 he went to study mathematics at Cambridge University. He continued his studies at home when the University closed because of the plague.
- Newton made the first reflecting telescope in 1668.
- In 1670 Newton worked more on chemistry and alchemy than on optics and mathematics. It is said that Newton wondered why objects fell to earth when he was sitting in a garden and saw an apple drop in front of him. Newton thought back to the subject which he was thinking about in 1665-66. This was "Why things move as they do." He proposed his three laws of motion.
- Newton thought that earth's gravitational force extended right to the moon. He was the first person to give an explanation of the tides.
- Newton invented the Calculus branch of mathematics around 1669. He did not publish his ideas until around 1704, 35 years later.
SIR ISAAC NEWTON: THE GRAVITY OF GENIUS
In class we watched the A&E video on the life of Isaac Newton.
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