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