Issac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), English mathematician and physicist considered one of the greatest scientists in history, who made important contributions to many fields of science. His discoveries and theories laid the foundation for much of the progress in science since his time. Newton was one of the inventors of the branch of mathematics called calculus (the other was German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz). He also solved the mysteries of light and optics, formulated the three …

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…committee's report, which charged Leibniz with deliberate plagiarism. Newton also compiled the book of evidence that the society published. The effects of the quarrel lingered nearly until his death in 1727. In addition to science, Newton also showed an interest in alchemy, mysticism, and theology. Many pages of his notes and writings--particularly from the later years of his career--are devoted to these topics. However, historians have found little connection between these interests and Newton's scientific work.