Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

Born: December 25, 1642

Died: March 20, 1727

Nationality: English

Occupation: Mathematician

Biography: Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived. His monograph Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, lays the foundations for most of classical mechanics.

Source/Notes: The quotation above is attributed to Newton, but in fact it's a paraphrase from his writings: "When I wrote my treatise about our system, I had an eye upon such principles as might work with considering men for the belief of a Deity and nothing can rejoice me more than to find it useful for that purpose. But if I have done the public any service this way, it is due to nothing but industry and patient thought." - Excerpt from a letter that Newton wrote to Revered Dr. Richard Bentley on December 10 1692

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Source/Notes: As quoted in: An Evangelical Selection of Hymns intended as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts, James Truscott, 1834, p. 84-85
Source/Notes: Newton's Principia: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Book III, translated from the Latin into English by Andrew Motte (1848 edition), p. 503

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