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Isaac Newton. T J Osler. Sir Isaac Newton ,  FRS  December 1642 – 20 March 1727 was an  English physicist ,  mathematician ,  astronomer ,  natural philosopher ,  alchemist , and  theologian  and one of the most influential men in human history.

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Isaac newton

Isaac Newton

T J Osler


Isaac newton

Sir Isaac Newton, FRS December 1642 – 20 March 1727 was an Englishphysicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian and one of the most influential men in human history


Isaac newton

  • In June 1661, he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge

  • Soon after Newton had obtained his degree in August of 1665, the University closed down as a precaution against the Great Plague.


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Isaac newton
Newton showed that white light is composed of light of all colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


Electromagnetic spectrum
Electromagnetic Spectrum colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


Binomial theorem
Binomial Theorem colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


Pascal s triangle
Pascal’s Triangle colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


Newton s discovery
Newton’s discovery colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


Newton could now apply this formula to fractional exponents
Newton could now apply this formula to fractional exponents colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


He could now write binomials to fractional exponents
He could now write binomials to fractional exponents colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.


A replica of a newton reflecting telescope that he presented to the royal society in 1672 15
A replica of a  colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.Newton reflecting telescope that he presented to theRoyal Society in 1672[15].


Cassagrain telescope
Cassagrain Telescope colors. He used a glass prism to illustrate this.



Isaac newton

Woodcut illustration of a 45 m (150 ft) focal length Keplerian astronomical refracting telescope built by Johannes Hevelius. From his book Machina coelestis (first part), published in 1673.


Isaac newton

Robert Hooke FRS (18 July 1635 – 3 March 1703) Keplerian astronomical refracting telescope built by Johannes Hevelius. From his book Hooke challenged Newton’s ideas. Newton had no stomach for controversy, so he stopped showing his ideas.


Isaac newton

Edmond Halley Keplerian astronomical refracting telescope built by Johannes Hevelius. From his book FRS  (8 November 1656 – 14 January 1742) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist.


Plaque in south cloister of westminster abbey
Plaque in South Cloister of Keplerian astronomical refracting telescope built by Johannes Hevelius. From his book Westminster Abbey


Isaac newton

  • Halley told Newton that he and others were working on a problem:

  • Find the Force of Attraction by the sun that will cause the planetary orbits to be elliptical

  • Newton replied that he had solved this problem earlier. The solution is an inverse square law.

  • Halley then urged Newton to publish this and other results.


Newton s own copy of his principia with hand written corrections for the second edition
Newton's own copy of his Principia, with hand-written corrections for the second edition


Isaac newton

Although Newton had invented the calculus and used it to derive many of his results, he choose to write the Principia in geometric language.

This is because the modern algebraic form of analysis was not yet seen as a suitable form for writing mathematical ideas.

It would take another 50 years before analysis would finally end the tyranny that geometric thinking held over mathematics.


Isaac newton

  • Newton’s three Universal Laws of Motiopn were a giant first in the history of science.

  • Nothing like them had been seen before.

  • Before Newton, men observed nature and tried to describe nature in geometric (mathematical) terms.

  • After Newton, we seek the fundamental laws. Then a particular problem is solved by using mathematics with the fundamental laws.


Application of universal laws
Application of Universal Laws first in the history of science.

Find the vertical motion of a particle near the surface of the earth, neglecting air friction.

Initial Conditions: When t = 0,

y = h and v = dy/dt = v0


Isaac newton

Use Second Law: first in the history of science.


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Initial condition 1: When first in the history of science.

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Initial Condition 2: When first in the history of science.

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Newton derives kepler s law of areas
Newton Derives Kepler’s Law of Areas first in the history of science.

  • Line from the sun to the planet sweeps out equal areas in equal times


Gottfried wilhelm leibniz 1 july 1646 14 november 1716 was a german philosopher and mathematician
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz first in the history of science. 1 July 1646– 14 November 1716) was a Germanphilosopher and mathematician


Controversy over who invented calculus newton or leibniz
Controversy over who invented Calculus, Newton or Leibniz? first in the history of science.

  • Today we believe that both men should share the discovery


Isaac newton in old age in 1712 portrait by sir james thornhill
Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by  first in the history of science.Sir James Thornhill


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Newton s grave in westminster abbey
Newton's grave in  Natural HistoryWestminster Abbey

Newton's grave in Westminster Abbey

Newton's grave in Westminster Abbey


Isaac newton

  • "Threatening my [step-]father and mother Smith to burn them and the house over them." --From a list of his sins made by Isaac Newton at age 19.

  • "Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth." --Head of Newton's Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae (Certain Philosophical Questions), ca. 1664.


Isaac newton

  • "I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." --Quoted in D Brewster, Memoirs of Newton

  • "Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night; God said, Let Newton be! and all was light." --Alexander Pope (Quotation source: http://www.treasure-troves.com/bios/Newton.html