Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are two of the most prominent figures in the development of modern science. Newton’s commitments to science set up him as perhaps the best researcher ever. Newton created a lot of considerable pieces of the hypotheses and logical standards. He proposed the theory of gravity and calculus, discovered the components of white light and made breakthroughs in optics with the reflecting telescope

Newton's birth

Newton was born on 4 January 1643 in the village of Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire in England. He belonged to a prosperous family engaged in farming for generations. There was no custom of giving formal education in his family. Though Newton’s relatives on his mother’s side were educated, both his father and grandfather were illiterate. His father, was too named Isaac Newton, passes away three months prior to his birth. Since he was born premature, the doctor who attended his birth was not sure the child would survive. 

Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire in England

What is known about Newton's early education?

Isaac Newton’s grandmother and mother taught him reading and writing. He enrolled in The King’s School, Grantham, at the age of twelve, where he learned the classics but no science or mathematics. Once, young Isaac was bullied by a boy who ranked above him in class. After battling with the harasser, Isaac was driven by the craving to perform better compared to the next kid. He worked more diligently and turned into the top student in school.  His years at Grantham were some of the best years of his life.

The King's School

Shockingly, when Newton was 17, his mom requested that he leave school to be a farmer. Nonetheless, it was a gift for science that he had neither the inclination nor interest in cultivating.  Henry Stokes, the headmaster of Grantham School convinced Hannah to send Newton back to school. 

Newton's years at Cambridge

Newton enrolled in Cambridge  University’s Trinity College as a  law student at the age of 18. To earn his way, he made money by  working as a personal servant for  wealthier students. By the time he was a third-year student, Newton was engrossed in studying mathematics and natural philosophy (now called physics). He also had an interest in alchemy, which is now considered a pseudoscience. The teachings in college were based on Aristotle. To this, Newton added the findings of later philosophers such as Descartes, and astronomers such as Galileo, Copernicus and Thomas Street, through whom he learnt about Kepler.

Isaac Newton

 Newton was fascinated by Galileo’s experimental methods. Newton was also practicing science on his own at this time.