Isaac Newton

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  • Newton's Birth

    Newton's Birth
    Isaac Newton was born a premature baby in a town just outside of Lincolnshire, England. Th9us beginning a life of renowned work in philosophy and science (Hatch, 1).
  • Graduation from Cambridge

    Graduation from Cambridge
    "In 1665 Newton took his bachelor's degree at Cambridge without honors or distinction. Since the university was closed for the next two years because of plague, Newton returned to Woolsthorpe in midyear. There, in the following 18 months, he made a series of original contributions to science" (Hatch, 1).
  • The Crucial Experiment

    The Crucial Experiment
    "Newton's most famous experiment, the experimentum crucis, demonstrated his theory of the composition of light. Briefly, in a dark room Newton allowed a narrow beam of sunlight to pass from a small hole in a window shutter through a prism, thus breaking the white light into an oblong spectrum on a board" (Hatch, 1).
  • The fall of the apple

    The fall of the apple
    In 1666, Newton famously observes an apple falling from a tree. This event started the process of his theory of gravity which was not official for another 20 years (Hatch, 1).
  • First Published Paper

    First Published Paper
    In 1672 Newton was elected to the Royal Society and soon after has his first paper published on the nature of light.
  • Principia

    In 1686 Newton published one of the most important books the history of science, the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Hatch, 1).
  • Late-Life accompishments

    Late-Life accompishments
    In 1703 Newton was elected President of the Royal Society, a position held prior by John Locke. Two years later he was knighted in England (Hatch, 1).
  • Optiks

    In 1704 Newton published his second major work, "Optiks." Optiks was Newton's "most comprehensive and readily accessible work on light and color" and was a basis for experimental Physics in the 18th century (Hatch, 1).
  • Newton's Death

    In 1727 Newton passed away in London, leaving a legacy of success and new theory in the sciences.