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Known forInventing in part the branch of mathematics now known as calculusFormulating the three laws of motion which describe classical mechanicsProposing the theory of universal gravitation which explains that all bodies are affected by the force called gravityCareer1661 Entered Trinity College University of Cambridge1665-1666 Developed what he called the fluxional method now known as calculus while living in seclusion to avoid the plague1669-1701 Served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge1687 Published his seminal work Philosphiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy which contained his three laws of motion and the theory of gravitation1703-1727 Acted as president of the Royal Society an organization that promotes the natural sciences1704 Published Opticks Optics describing his theory that white light is a blend of different colorsDid You KnowNewton was reluctant to share his research with other scientists for fear they would take credit for his discoveriesNewton instigated a Royal Society investigation to prove that he invented calculus before German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz who had published the method firstIn addition to science Newton showed an interest in alchemy mysticism and theologyFrench writer Voltaire first recorded the story that a falling apple gave Newton the inspiration for his theory of gravitation Voltaire cited Newtons niece as his source for the storyBibliographynone
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