Isaac Newton (1642-1727) His father dead before his birth and his mother remarried within 3 years, Newton was left in the care of a grandmother. Difficult early years may have contributed to his difficult personality as an adult. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and served there as Lucasian Professor. Later Newton was warden of the mint in London and president of the Royal Society. Newton's remarkable intellectual accomplishments include creation of the calculus, invention of the reflecting telescope, development of the corpuscular theory of light, and development of the principles of gravity and terrestrial and celestial motion. A "Newtonian" worldview came to permeate understanding not only of the physical world, but also of such intellectual fields as politics and economics — in which people now sought simple and universal laws of the type demonstrated by
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