Sir Isaac Newton is generally regarded as one of the greatest and
most famous scientists in history. Newton was an astronomer, physicist,
mathematician and philosopher who is known for theorizing and
reporting on gravitational force and the three laws of motion.
Isaac Newton discovered that white light is made up of a spectrum
of colors, that when blended together produce the white light.
He showed by use of a prism that white light can be split into
a spectrum of colors and then used a second prism to show this
spectrum can then be rejoined to produce white light. Newton also
theorized that light was composed of particles but had to associate
the property of light with waves in order to explain refraction
Isaac Newton focused much of his work on the theory of gravitation
force and its effect on the orbit of the planets. In his work known
as "Principia," he also presented the speed of sound.
Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton developed calculus independently
from one another, with Newton being credited as the first to come
up with the mathematical system and Leibniz the first to publish
the system. Newton said he was reluctant to publish his calculus
at the time for fear of being mocked.
As much as a scientist as Isaac Newton, he was also a devote Christian
and alchemist and spent more time and energy in these two endeavors
that he spent on traditional science and mathematics. Newton wrote
more on Christianity than about any other subject.
Sir Isaac Newton was born in Lincolnshire, England, on January
4, 1642, which at that time was Christmas Day because they were
using the Gregorian calendar. Newton died on March 31, 1727 in London,
Rumor Has It …
Rumor has it that Sir Isaac Newton was named after a popular fig
treat at the time. This popular fig treat was made up of figs, catnip
and medicinal marijuana, which helped the aging scientist and mathematician
with his glaucoma.
In a total useless, trident and downright woefully false account
written by one of Newton's jealous colleagues, it was reported
that the famed scientist used to bite sheep upon the fanny after
having one too many drinks at the local London pub.
Written by Kevin Lepton