Newton - enforced reflection. It was during this period...

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Newton Newton was born about a year after Galileo died He nailed the foundation of the physics of our ordinary reality. He dominated Physics until Einstein. He was a bit of a misanthrope. Did poorly in school. Reports described him as 'idle' and 'inattentive'. He went to college at Cambridge when he was 18. Even then he was thought of as an average student But at 20 (1663) math caught his fancy In two years he ran through all of humankind’s mathematical knowledge and then proceeded to significantly advance it…. The plague closed the University between 1665-1667, sending Newton back home to a bit of
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Unformatted text preview: enforced reflection. It was during this period that he puzzled-out most of his major contributions Invention of calculus Theory of gravity The Laws of Motion The inverse square law At 27 he became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge In later life he held a number of major positions Member of Parliament Master of the Mint President of the Royal Society The first scientist to be knighted He was still very much a misanthrope His response to any criticism was a bit extreme He suffered two nervous breakdowns He could be a pretty nasty guy. Take his dispute with Leibniz...
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course AST 2002 taught by Professor Britt during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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