Much of our modern understanding of physics and astronomy is owed to Newton’s work.
Sir Isaac Newton is considered by many to be one of the most important scientists to have ever lived. Despite a troubled youth and some bitter rivalries in adulthood, his contributions to the world of science are perhaps unprecedented in their scope and application.
Born prematurely on Christmas day in 1642, his childhood was thrown into turmoil at the age of three when his single mother left to raise a second family. He was left to the care of his grandmother in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, until his mother’s return in 1653, although by then their separation coupled with his hatred for his step father would have serious implications on his later life.
After rejecting the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a farmer, a profession Newton was not remotely interested in pursuing, he was accepted to Cambridge University in June 1661. Here he came into his element, although largely unbeknownst to his professors at the time as he preferred to study privately. In 1665, having earned his bachelor’s degree, he was able to continue working alone in unusual circumstances when the university was closed ...