# 32 Easy-to-grasp Isaac Newton Facts for Kids

Sir Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the world of science. He was the man who gave us the law of gravity.

Fatima Rangwala

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018

*Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy")*, and it was proved to be immensely groundbreaking, in that it laid the foundation for classical mechanics. The man behind the understanding and establishment on the law of gravity and the three vital laws of motion, he was also the first one to build a reflecting telescope, to study the speed of sound, and to observe spectrum of colors through a prism; the list of accomplishments of this legendary figure is just unending.

Early Life and Education

★ Recent dates of the Gregorian Calendar tell us that Newton was born on the 4th January, 1643. He was a premature baby and hence, at that time, nobody thought that he would survive for long.

★ Newton liked to draw and paint. The walls and ceilings of his room used to be filled with colors.

*King's School*in Grantham. However, he was soon expelled, owing to his fight with one of the fellow students.

★ By October 1659, he returned home to Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, and helped his widowed mother in farming. However, he hated this job.

★ On persuasion by the King's School teacher,

*Henry Stokes*Newton resumed his school education and became a top-ranked student.

*binomial theorem*in 1665. He also began working towards developing a mathematical theory that we know today as the

*infinitesimal calculus*.

★ As a precautionary measure against the Great Plague of London that occurred in 1665-66, Newton's university closed down its operations for a short while. During this time, he returned home, and developed his theories in optics and the law of gravitation.

★ In the year 1669, Newton became the master of the Trinity, just one year after he received his M.A. Degree.

Newton's Important Accomplishments

*Newtonian telescope.*

★ In 1671, he showed the demonstration of his telescope to the Royal Society, and subsequently, in 1704, he published his study in his work,

*Opticks*that received mixed responses then, but is widely accepted today.

*Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz*over who among the two was the real inventor of calculus. Although both of them had independently developed the infinitesimal calculus, some have suggested that it was Leibniz, who began publishing his research first. However, this view is not widely accepted.

★ Subsequently, Newton's book on his laws of motion and gravitational theory were published between 1686 and 1687. This work earned him international repute.

★ In 1699, the members of the

*Royal Society*(of which Newton was also a member) criticized Leibniz of plagiarism. This made Newton and Leibniz arch-rivals, till the latter passed away in 1716.

★ Although alchemy is not an established science, it has been opined that it was his belief in the occult idea of action at a distance and across nothingness, that became the basis of his theory of gravity.

Newton On Religion

★ For him, worshiping the Christ in the form of an idol was a fundamental sin. This led the Canadian historian, Dr. Stephen Snobelen conclude that although he did not make his personal beliefs public, he was still, definitely an anti-trinitarian.

Some More Interesting Facts

★ He was also interested in analytical geometry, and undertook a challenge of calculating

*Pi*to more and more decimal places. Sources say that he calculated it up to some 15 decimal places, using different formulas that he had himself come up with.

★ He became the warden of the Royal Mint in the year 1696.

★ It was seen that a majority of discoveries were made by Newton in his early to mid-twenties, but weren't published until many years later. This gave rise to many arguments and criticisms.

★ Newton never married in his life, although he claimed of being once engaged.