Today, besides being Christmas, is Isaac Newton‘s birthday. Give thanks to him for starting the scientific revolution which has led to cell phones, movies, DVDs, radio, television, microwave ovens, cars, firetrucks, ambulances, modern technological hospitals, computers, Internet, and more.
Isaac Newton’s discoveries were so numerous and varied that many consider him to be the father of modern science. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Newton developed an intense interest in mathematics and the laws of nature which ultimately led to his two most famous works: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687) and Opticks (1704). Newton helped define the laws of gravity and planetary motion, co-founded the field of calculus, and explained laws of light and color, among many other discoveries.
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A replica of Newton’s second reflecting telescope: