Isaac Newton: A Great Philosopher

Isaac Newton is one of the many scientists who have made science and this world what it is today. Newton has contributed to modern science in more ways than one. Many consider Isaac the greatest philosopher of all time. There is no doubt that Newton deserves to be recognized as the founder of modern science. He’s story is truly one that will be known and remembered for many years to come.

Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe, England during the late winter in the year of 1642. Newton lived a very normal childhood for the children of that time (Anderson 26). Isaac was considered to be among the higher known people in the town and was actually the one in waiting to become the next king. But at the age of 13, Newton, had been banned to become king by the parliament (John 12). Later on in Newton’s life he attended Trinity College Cambridge, which was regarded by many one of the elite colleges at the time (Anderson 31). After graduating, Isaac, then became a professor at the same college where he taught Alchemy, which was known to be his favorite kind of science (Snider 4). After only two years of teaching, Newton’s mom had died which caused him to surrender his teacher position, which left him jobless (John 13).

Isaac Newton contributed to many things but none more than he did to modern science and the way we see things now (Anderson 19). Newton’s most known contribution to science is the Principia. The Principia is considered possibly the most important document in the history of science (Weisburd 6). The name Principia is actually short for the name Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica in Latin which means Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. With the Principia, Newton created a mathematical framework for physics and conceived basic laws of motion and of universal gravitation that unify a diverse array of phenomena both in the heavens and on earth (Weisburd 51).

The revolutionary power of the Principia and other Newtonian works is felt to this day: His celestial mechanics guide the paths of satellites and spacecraft, his reflecting telescope is enabling astronomers to study recently discovered supernovas, his numerical methods are used in computers and his mathematics and approach to solving many physical problems remain as vital today as in his time (Weisburd 53). Newton is also given the credit for the creation of calculus, as well as the concept of transformations, the discovering that white light is a combination of all colors of the spectrum, and lastly the idea of uniformity (Anderson 24).

Newton was able to achieve all of these milestones for many reasons, but the main reason being was he found everything he did interesting. Newton was interested in many things. He was interested in optics, alchemy, religion, theology, chronology, and science itself. The one that Newton found the most interesting and had the most fun doing was alchemy (John 17). It has been said that nearly one half of Isaac Newton’s life was spent doing alchemy. Newton enjoyed it so much that he soon taught at Trinity College Cambridge.

Once Newton had become older in age he began getting involved in things other than science. Newton became more then just a scientist. Isaac soon became Trinity College Cambridge’s representative in Parliament. Also later in his life he became President of the Royal Society (Michael 4). Newton also managed to encounter a dispute with Leibniz, another scientist, over the credit for inventing calculus. Newton wound up winning and is credited for calculus to this day. Then at the age of 85, which was highly rare to be that old at the time, Isaac Newton had died of old age in his sleep (Anderson 15).

As you can see, Isaac Newton truly deserves all the credit in this world for making modern science and this world what it has become today. Newton has been credited for many things. He has been credited for the law of universal gravitation, the idea of uniformity, the basic laws of motion, the concept of transformations, and lastly, calculus. Newton has also been acknowledged for many things. He has been acknowledged for becoming Trinity College Cambridge’s representative in Parliament, and for becoming the President of the Royal Society. Isaac Newton is truly the world’s greatest philosopher of all time and most likely will always be. If it was not for Isaac Newton we would not know hardly anything about this world we live in today.