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The author of the book: Janet B. Pascal
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: October 30th 2014
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Born prematurely on Christmas day, Isaac Newton would soon change the world.
I find it very interesting that Newton was guided towards his discoveries through some key incidents.
1) His mother moved into his step-father’s house abandoning him. He despised his step-father and wished his house would burn down. This was a sign that anger and resentment would motivate him throughout his life.
2) As a youngster, he was kicked in the stomach by a rival student at King’s School. Newton won the ensuing fight, but it wasn’t enough! He wanted to show he was better by surpassing him in schoolwork as well!! Before this fight, Newton had very poor grades. Had this incident not happened, I’m not sure Newton would have impressed the schoolmaster so much, thereby guaranteeing his rise to academic legend! He went on to Cambridge University.
3) During his trip to Stourbridge Fair, Newton encountered the usual attractions, but a couple things stood out to him, a book on astrology and a prism. The former would inspire in him an interest in mathematics. The latter would lead to his discovery of the light spectrum.
4) The Plague broke out in England. The city was too dangerous due to potential contagion, so Newton had to retreat to the countryside. It was here, alone that he developed many of his great ideas.
5) Newton sat under the apple tree. It may be apocryphal, but the well-known story goes that he was inspired to ponder gravity when he witnessed an apple fall from the tree, an epic moment!!
6) Galileo died the year Newton was born. Had Galileo not developed his telescope, it is unlikely Newton would have developed his improvement, the reflecting telescope.
7) Again, a rivalry. Robert Hooke claimed that Newton was stealing his ideas! Furious, Newton retreated from debate at the Royal Society, and feverishly worked on his ideas alone. Hooke and Newton were enemies for life.
We see a pattern here. It seems that throughout Newton’s life, he was periodically challenged by a rival. I believe this must have been a driving force for him, pushing him to prove to everyone that he was the best.
This may not be the best way to accomplish things in life, but his story demonstrates that rather than backing away from a challenge, meeting the challenge head-on can lead us to great accomplishments.
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Read information about the authorJanet Pascal, author of many YA biographies and Viking’s senior copy-editor, lives in New York, New York.
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