Although never fully substantiated, a legend exists that explains how Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree. There is some evidence though that this incident did in fact occur. William Stukeley, who was a colleague of Newton, and his assistant John Conduitt both wrote about the event taking place in manuscripts.Continue Reading
This event is often cited as the catalyst for Newton's discovery of gravitational force, which led to later discoveries, such as Newton's laws of motion. Newton’s law of gravity explains how all particles in the universe attract other particles with a force that is equal to the product of the particles' mass and the distance between the particles. This law is expressed in a mathematical equation used to calculate gravitational force.
The discovery of the causes and effects of gravitational force allowed Newton to create the three laws of motion. The first law of motion is that force is constant until it is interrupted by an external force. The second law is a mathematical equation used to calculate mass, acceleration and force. The last law of motion states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Newton published these discoveries and many others in 1687 in a book titled "Principia."Learn more about Inventions
Throughout his life, Sir Isaac Newton made numerous discoveries in physics, mathematics, optics and astronomy. Due to these discoveries, he is considered to be a key figure of the scientific revolution in the 17th century and remains an iconic figure in modern science.Full Answer >
Sir Isaac Newton received several honors including knighthood, the consideration as the top mathematics professor at Cambridge, a seat in Parliament and the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge. Sir Isaac Newton was a mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, scientist and physicist that lived from 1643 to 1727.Full Answer >
Isaac Newton, one of the most famous and influential scientists in history, may not have been knighted for his seminal contributions to the field of science, as most people might think. Rather, the knighting of the renowned English physicist and mathematician was likely connected with political considerations.Full Answer >
Sir Isaac Newton lived in England. He was born in Lincolnshire and moved around a bit until settling in Cambridge, where he spent the majority of his professional adult life.Full Answer >