Interesting Facts and Information About Isaac Newton

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Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He came up with numerous theories and contributed ideas to many different fields including physics, mathematics and philosophy.

  • NAME: Isaac Newton
  • OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Mathematician,Astronomer, Physicist
  • BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1643
  • DEATH DATE: March 31, 1727
  • EDUCATION: The King’s School, University of Cambridge, Trinity College
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • PLACE OF DEATH: London, England, United Kingdom
  • FULL NAME: Sir Isaac Newton
  • AKA: Isaac Newton

Read on for interesting facts and information about Isaac Newton.

  • In 1687, Newton published Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, what is widely regarded to be one of the important books in the history of science. In it he describes universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, concepts that remained at the forefront of science for centuries after.
  • Newton’s law of universal gravitation describes the gravitational attraction between bodies with mass, the earth and moon for example.
  • Newton’s three laws of motion relate the forces acting on a body to its motion. The first is the law of inertia, it states that ‘every object in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force’. The second is commonly stated as ‘force equals mass times acceleration’, or F = ma. The third and final law is commonly known as ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’.
  • Other significant work by Newton includes the principles of conservation related to momentum and angular momentum, the refraction of light, an empirical law of cooling, the building of the first practical telescope and much more.
  • Newton moved to London in 1696 and took up a role as the Warden of the Royal Mint, overseeing the production of the Pound Sterling.
  • Newton was known to have said that his work on formulating a theory of gravitation was inspired by watching an apple fall from a tree. A story well publicized to this very day.

Isaac Newton Facts

There are many interesting facts about Sir Isaac Newton, including facts about his religious inclination, his love for the bible, philosophical works and his personal life.

  • One of the interesting facts about Sir Isaac Newton had a deep interest in Alchemy. He wrote around 169 books dealing with this mysterious science and its characteristics.
  • Before the Gregorian calendar was adopted by the English, it was recorded that, Isaac Newton was born on Christmas, i.e 25th December 1642. It was the same year the scientist, Galileo Galilee died.
  • Recent dates tell the birth date of Sir Isaac Newton as 4th of January 1643 and he died on 31st March 1727. He was a premature baby and it was not expected that he would survive.
  • Newton was just 26, when he became a professor of math.
  • Isaac Newton was named after his father, who died three months before Newton was born. His father could barely write his own name.
  • Isaac Newton liked to draw. The walls and ceilings of his own room used to be filled with colors.
  • Isaac was known to be the worst kid in his class, until he was kicked by a bully at school. Newton challenged that bully for a fight. He did not bother of his own safety and eventually won the fight. But guess, that wasn’t all. He later decided to be, better than all the bullies at school.
  • Sir Isaac Newton’s biography says that, for sometime he was known to be a farmer. He helped his mother on the farm, but ultimately, was entitled as the world’s worst farmer.
  • Newton was a very religious man, a devout Christian and he believed that God was indeed invisible, but he did influence every part of human life.
  • It was disputed by the Snobelen, that Newton followed a secret religion and held the Arian belief of the Holy Trinity, rather than the Roman Catholics, Protestants and Anglicans.
  • He was elected as one of the members of parliament which lasted for just a year. It was known that he was knighted by Queen Anne in Cambridge on April 16, 1705, which actually earned him the title ‘Sir’, due to his political activities.
  • Also, as a politician, Newton just spoke one sentence during most of the lengthy proceedings, “He asked a nearby person to close an open window.”
  • The first flight to Moon was possible, only because of Newton’s profound discoveries about the movement of planets and the speed of light.
  • Alchemy is a primitive practice that was banned in the year 1404, in England. Isaac practiced Alchemy.
  • He achieved the title of Warden of the Royal Mint in the year 1696.
  • It was seen that, a majority of discoveries were made by Newton in his early to mid-twenties, but weren’t published until many years later. Many arguments resulted because of this action.

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