Sir Isaac Newton attended the King's School until he was 17 and then went to the University of Cambridge, Trinity College. He was an English mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer. Newton is best known for his development of the laws of gravitation and for his influential work, "Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica."Continue Reading
Newton was born on January 4, 1643, in Lincolnshire, England. He attended Trinity College on a work-study program and waited on tables to pay his way. In his spare time, he studied the works of modern philosophers. He would take notes, later known as "Certain Philosophical Questions," in which Newton revealed he had found a new concept of nature. He graduated college without honors.
The Great Plague of 1665 closed the University of Cambridge, and Newton moved back home. During this time, he developed his methods for calculus and his theories on color and light. It is believed that a falling apple inspired his thoughts on gravity during this time. He moved back to Cambridge in 1667, and in 1672, he published his notes on optics, color and light.
Newton's most influential book, "Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica," was published in 1687. It is in this book that Newton explained the three basic laws of motion:
Known simply as "Principa," this book is a foundational text in science and contains almost all essential concepts in physics except energy. Newton continued to work throughout his life. He died in London on March 31, 1727, when he was 85.Learn more about Renaissance & Reformation
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Isaac Newton went to college at Trinity College, Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Newton attended college from 1661 to 1665 and received his bachelor's degree. He planned on continuing his education at Trinity College, but had to return home temporarily when the school shut down because of the plague.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 >
Sir Isaac Newton invented the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which laid the foundations for classical mechanics. He has also made seminal contributions to optics and shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of calculus.Full Answer >