Isaac Newton Facts for Kids

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Isaac Newton was the Greatest scientist of all time. He was born in England in 1643 and died in 1727. Newton attended Cambridge University where he earned a masters of arts degree in 1669 at the age of 27. He was a physicist and mathematician during the Scientific Revolution. He developed the principles of modern physics. Newton's laws of motion are still the core of Science 101 courses in schools and colleges everywhere.

Newton had an unattractive personality “secretive, petty and vindictive”

Newton discovered Calculus, gravity and the laws of motion described in his book, Principia Mathematica (mathematical principles of natural philosophy).

In 1668, he designed and constructed the reflective telescope to aid his study of optics. With the aid of the telescope, he developed his theory of light and color. This was published in Newton's paper,  Opticks: Or, A treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. He showed that light behaves differently when filtered through different media, and hence offered an interpretation of light as a stream of particles that solidly established optics as an empirical branch of physics.

Newton’s supreme accomplishment lay in his formulation of the law of universal gravitation. It is commonly thought that Newton's law of gravitation was developed after he was struck on the head by an apple while sitting under an apple tree.

He combined Copernican astronomy with Galileo’s physics

Newton arrived to a single law, Every particle of matter in the universe attract ever other particle with the force varying inversely. This law was employed immediately to predict the ebb and flow of tides. The most stupendous single achievement of the human mind