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Scientist of the Millennium

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