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Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician and physicist He was considered one of the greatest scientists in history Newton was also the culminating figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century Newton was best known for his discovery that the force called gravity affects all objects in space and on earth Isaac Newton was born on December 25 1642 in the hamlet of Wollsthorpe Lincolnshire RSW 17 His Father died only three months before he was born Sir Isaac Newton 1 When he was three years old Isaacs mother Hanna placed him with his grandmother so that she could remarry a man named Barnabas Smith a wealthy man from North Witham Dr Robert A Hatch 1 When his mother returned to Woolsthorpe in 1653 Newton was withdrawn from school to fulfill his birthright as a farmer Newton failed at farming and returned to Kings School at Grantham to prepare for entrance to Trinity College Cambridge A turning point in Newtons life was when he left Woolsthorpe for Cambridge University in June of 1661 Dr Robert A Hatch 1 Although Cambridge was a marvelous center of learning the spirit of the scientific revolution had yet to enter its curriculum In 1665 Isaac Newton took his bachelors degree at Cambridge without honors or distinction Dr Robert A Hatch 2 In 1665 the university was closed because of the plague At this time Newton returned to Woolsthorpe There in the following 18 months he began revolutionary advances in mathematics optics physics and astronomy J A Schuster 1 During the plague years Isaac Newton laid the foundation for elementary differential and integral Calculus He invented the method of fluxions which was based on his crucial insight that finding the area under its curve is the inverse procedure to finding the slope of the curve at any point J A Schuster 1 Also during the plague years he made remarkable discoveries in optics He had reached the conclusion
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