VERITAS has chosen the scientist of the Millennium : Sir Issac Newton

Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in the Night God said : Let Newton be and all was light .

Newtons was one of History’s Greatest Thinkers. His influence on

Physics,Mathematics and Astronomy is immeasurable.

Born on 25 Dec 1642 in a farmhouse in Lincolshire Newton was a

premature and tiny baby . His father had died three months before his

birth . He was an average student in school . Newton’s mother remmarried

and Newton started living with his grandmother .

He went to Cambridge for highher studies and was influenced deeply

by Issac Barrow ( the prof of Mathematics ) . in 1665 when Newton

was 23 yrs old plague broke out in england and Newton went to his village

to avoid it . He spend 1.5 yrs of seclusion in a cottage .

These 1.5 yrs were to change the face of Physics and Mathematics .

These were the most productive year and half of human thought.

In these 1.5 yrs Newton did this :

Proved Binomial Theorem

Developed differential and Integral calculus

developed vector algebra

stated the laws of motion

explained gravitation

began the study of optics( colot theory , nature of light , reflecting

telescopes )

WOW !! What a super guy .

It is said that Newton developed Calculus only to prove that for

a uniform spherical body the mass can be supposed to be concentrated

at the centre .

Newton proposed the particle theory of light .

in 1669 Newton became the Prof of Mathematics at Cambridge .

AFter that Newton had some disputes with Wren , Hooke . But Newton

won all of them . Halley using Newton’s theory of Gravity discovered

the Halley’s comet.

In 1687 Newton published the Princpia Mathematica . The great book

containing his unified theory of mechanics , gravitation ,

explanation of Keplers laws , pllanetary motion , tides etc .

in 1690 Newton had a nervous breakdown and never returned to science

again . But the genius was still alive .

He became the Master of the Mint in 1699 and the Member of Parliament

in 1689 and 1701 . He was Knighted in 1705 .

Newton was an exceptional person . He never married and had no known

love affair . He spent most of his time alone . His powers of

concentrate were great and could think about just one thing for

days on an end . He never created for the sake of publishing .

He loved his work . Curiosity .. that is the word .

Newton crystallized the scientific revolution . Great Scientist .

VERITAS’s scientist of the Millennium