SR-33-Newton-bio - Trinity College Cambridge as a...

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Isaac Newton (1642–1727): ‘Never at Rest’ — Born 25 Dec. 1642 at Woolsthorpe , near Grantham, in Lincolnshire in eastern England. — His father (a farmer) died before Isaac was born. His mother remarried and left Isaac with his grandmother from ages 3–11 while she went to live with her new husband in a nearby village. — Newton attended grammar school at Grantham from ages 12–17; mostly learned Latin and a little mathematics. Later described as ‘a sober, silent, thinking lad.’ — After a failed stint running the family estate, Newton was sent back to school and then on to Cambridge University . — 1661: Entered
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Unformatted text preview: Trinity College , Cambridge, as a ‘subsizar.’ Working on his own, with little help from official teaching, Newton soon made fundamental discoveries in mathematics (infinite series, calculus) and natural philosophy (light and color, laws of force and motion). He published nothing and kept most of his work completely secret. — Some of Newton’s mathematical work eventually attracted notice at Cambridge and he was given a Trinity scholarship. — 1669: At age 26, Newton was appointed Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge. He held that post for the next 32 years, though he moved to London as Warden of the Mint in 1696....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas.

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