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# The Life and Works of Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton developed calculus natural forces and optics Newton was born on Christmas Day in 1642 His father had died before he was born but he was still given his fathers name Westfall 17Isaac stayed with his grandparents when his mother went to live with her second husband While living with his grandparents he attended day school nearby Westfall 17After his grandmother died and Newton was seventeen his mother took him out of school and brought him back to the family farm She tried to teach him how to run the farm and manage the estate this was a failure In all of his spare time he returned to inventing and building machines Newtons uncle and old schoolmaster saw that he was in the wrong trade and urged his mother to prepare him to attend the University His uncles efforts paid off in 1660 he returned to Grantham to finish grammar school and prepare for the university In June of 1661 Newton entered Trinity College Cambridge Westfall 17 At Cambridge Newton studied mathematics This is when Newton first started to make many discoveries He made most of his important discoveries there pure mathematics theory of gravitation and optics all before he even graduated college Newton made contributions to all branches of mathematics Modern study of aerodynamics and the science of hydrodynamics would be impossible without the principles of the calculus Newton wrote Philosophiae Principia Mathematica Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy which is usually known by the last two words In the book Newton codified Galileos findings into the three laws of motion Wilson onlineNewton formulated three laws of motion and resulting from them the law of universal gravitation His laws of motion are the natural laws of mechanics Newtons three laws of motion are 1 The law of Inertia- an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force 2 2nd Law- an unbalanced force applied to an

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