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Over the centuries, math has evolved in an astounding way. Since the beginning of time, there have been many mathematicians that has influenced and contributed to the math we know today. None compares to the work of Sir Isaac Newton. He was influential as a person, as well as in his work.

Sir Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642 in Wools Thorpe, Lincolnshire. Shortly after his father’s death, Newton was born premature and was not expected to survive. After his father’s death, his mother got remarried to an ignorant man. His stepfather didn’t seem to like him, so he was then sent away to live with his grandmother. At the age of eleven, his stepfather died. After the death, he decided to move back home with his mother.

At the age of 12, he began to attend the King's School in Grantham; however, his schooling did not last long. According to the work in newton (1998), it states that in 1658, after being widowed again, his mother returned to Wools Thorpe and withdrew him from school because she wanted him to become a farmer. At the age of sixteen he dropped out of school to work on his mother's farm. When he began, Newton got off to a slow start in school, but eventually got well into his work until he was the top of his class. Newton was a gifted child and he always took advantage of his skills. Midway in his course at King's School, it became apparent to him that farming was not in the cards.

At the age of 19, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge (Newton, 1998). According to the work in Newton (1642), He soon began to escape life by taking interest in things mechanical and began to make water clocks, as well as innumerable drawings and diagrams. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1665, Newton stayed at Trinity to earn his master's degree. However, that same year a plague broke out so the college had to close. When it reopened, Newton went back to Wools Thorpe for the rest of the school term. In 1667, Newton returning to Cambridge and quickly completed all his requirements for a master's degree. His greatest discoveries and innovations came about during his years at Cambridge.

Newton was the one to formulate the theory of universal gravity. It is claimed that, when he watched an apple fall from a tree he wondered if the force that caused that the apple to fall was also the force that kept the moon in its orbit. According to the text in Newton (1642), his theory that is described in Newton’s law is that gravitational force depends on the mass of each object. His doubt wasn’t about the fact that gravity existed, but whether it was what was keeping the moon in its orbit. He figured that, if the force was to be decreased he would be able to calculate the Moon's orbital period. He figured that this was the same force responsible for other motions in the orbit and with his hypothesis; he decided to call this theory universal gravitation. With many trials and errors he could not get his calculations to match his theories; he finally...

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