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Sir Isaac Newton was born January 4 1643 At the age of three he was taken under the care of his grandmother Newton however was never a very good student so when he was a teenager his mother pulled him from school to work on the farm to train him as a successful farmer She saw that he very clever and that he had more important talents than farming so she sent him to Cambridge University at the age of eighteen There he learned much about science and mathematics and began to formulate some early theories about mathematics Immediately after his graduation when he was 21 he began to independent research in the fields of natural philosophy and mathematics Natural philosophy was a relatively new idea that nature was not simple but a complex system that tended to be unpredictable and violent Isaac Newton came into a world where mathematics and science were emerging from and turning on the roots of itself ancient Greece Philosophers such as Rene Descartes and Francis Bacon urged scientists to create new ideas and theorems rather than depend on ancient ones Newton would later depend on the works of peers of his day such as Galileo Two years after Newton graduated from Trinity College at Cambridge he returned to receive a fellowship and a Masters Degree He ignored the colleges curriculum to pursue his own interests After he received his degree he began his first achievement which was in the field of mathematics In the autumn of 1666 he developed calculus the most advanced form of mathematics at the time He developed it by joining methods used to draw tangents to curves and to calculate the area swept by curves Since Newton was frightened by criticism he did not publish his findings In 1675 Gottfried Leibniz published his findings on calculus and received sole credit on it until 1704 when Newton published his detailed exposition on it Later on Newton
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