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Presented To The Department Of MathematicsIn Partial Fulfillment Of The CourseSir Isaac Newton was born on January 4 1643 in Woolsthorpe near Grantham in Lincolnshire He went to Grantham grammar school When he was young he was interested in mechanical devices than in studying His youth inventions included a water clock and a sundial Isaacs father had died when he was three years old and left the family with little money His widowed spouse soon remarried leaving Isaac in the of his grandmother She had three more children and widowed a second time Since Isaac paid little attention to the family farm because he spent so much time reading he was sent back to grammar school in Grantham Later in the summer of 1661 he went to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge He learned of the scientific revolution that had been going on in Europe through the work of Galileo Nicolaus Copernicus Johannes Kepler and Ren Descartes Newton received his bachelors degree in 1665 Two years later after avoiding the plague Newton return to Trinity College where he was elected to a fellowship in 1667 Newton received his masters degree in 1668 Newton retracted much of the established curriculum of the university to pursue his interest such as mathematics and natural philosophy Continuing entirely on his own he analyzed recent developments in mathematics and natural philosophy Eventually he made discoveries that played an important part in his career in science He became Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1669 He lectured once a week on Geometry astronomy optics arithmetic or other mathematical subjects Three years later he invented the reflecting telescope In 1687 he published his work PrincipiaMathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy setting forward the theory of gravity In 1696 Newton was named warden of the mint where at that time a complete recoinage and standardization of coins were taking place When the project was finished in 1699 he was made master of
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