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THINGS had not been going well for the small eleven year old boy at Kings School in Grantham England Isaac Newton was a poor student and his test scores put him next to the bottom of the class His mind wandered and he liked to stare out the window and think about the experiments and projects he could do at home Today he had an idea for a windless windmill He would power it by a mouse on a treadmill but of course there would have to be something to motivate the mouse Oats maybe If he put some oats at the top of the treadmill just out of reach This experiment at least wouldnt upset his neighbors Not the way the kite had A few weeks earlier he had tied a lantern to the top of a kite and set it adrift just to watch the glow of the light in the evening sky The neighbors had panicked -- they thought it might be a comet and everyone knows comets foretell disasters From now on he would try to do his little projects at home where no one else could see them The children at school found Isaac strange quiet unsociable As he walked to school that morning a boy academically above him in class had run up insulted him and kicked him in the stomach Isaac had responded by challenging him to a fight after school a fight which he had won But somehow it didnt seem enough Now as he trudged home dirty and bruised from the tussle in the schoolyard he wondered what else he could do to avenge himself Hed won the fight but his young enemy could still feel superior as long as he was above Isaac in the class ratings So there was only one choice -- Isaac would have to beat him academically as well From then on he vowed to concentrate on
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