MATH_1190_Paper[1] - Chelsea Spear MATH 1190 Castle 24...

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Chelsea Spear MATH 1190 Castle 24 January 2008 Many mathematical concepts are intertwined throughout our everyday lives. Whether calculating the tip for a waiter at a fancy restaurant, managing the checkbook, or just meeting the challenge of learning Calculus in order to reach life’s goal, math is a key component in many activities of daily life. Often without a moment’s hesitation, these basic mathematical concepts are used repeatedly without any thought given to those ultimately responsible for creating these everyday necessities. Two of the greatest minds in the seventeenth century which are credited to some degree with discovering calculus are Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. Newton and Leibniz were both extremely competitive and were constantly challenging each other for the recognition associated for such an innovative mathematical breakthrough. As such, calculus is presented as one of the most controversial discoveries in history. When people speak about Sir Isaac Newton, it is usually in the context of the field of physics. One of the most popular tales attributed to Newton involves his setting under an apple tree and being hit on the head by a falling apple initiating his discovery of the Universal Law of Gravitation. Although it has been said that this event never actually took place at least in specific detail, it has not kept the majority of people from accepting this as fact and is their primary association with Newton. Whether true or not, it can be argued this revolutionary moment in some aspect is the reason for leading Newton to create the three laws of motion.
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Spear 2 While Newton is typically associated with these areas of physics, he is also attributed with the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course MATH 1190 taught by Professor Castle during the Spring '08 term at Kennesaw.

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