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Science Minds Countdown, #6

Posted by AlienCG on July 1, 2009

Last week, I kind of detoured a bit on the countdown because of the theme.  This week, I get back on track picking up where #8 left off.  This week we look at the contemporary of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, the man who took all of that knowledge and formed the foundation of modern science.

Sir Isaac Newton
Mathematician, Physicist, Optical Science

Sir Isaac Newton is the father of modern science and was born in the same year that Galileo died.  Newton’s knowledge in optics resulted in him building the first reflecting telescope.  He proved that white light is made up of a spectrum of various colors.  He sent the spectrum through a lens and a second prism and it recomposed to white light.  He also proved that any one of the colors, when reflected or refracted, did not change its properties.  This proved that the light itself was colored and objects did not generate their own color.  He defined the laws of motion and universal gravitation which was used to demonstrate how the planets revolve around the sun.  His work is widely revered and still used as the basis of planetary science today.

So there you have it, Sir Isaac Newton, father of modern science, optician, mathematician, warden of the Royal Mint, member of parliament.  Newton was a jack of all trades and a master of them, too.  So, we’ve reached the halfway point of the countdown, I hope you’re still enjoying it.

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5 Responses to “Science Minds Countdown, #6”

  1. Fascinating! I did not know that Sir Isaac had so much to do with light! Funny how one particular thing… like gravity gets all the attention. Thanks for the valuable lesson.

  2. i love this stuff, i wish i was in on it from the beginning.

  3. laura b. said

    Oooh, Sir Isaac Newton is a fine inclusion in this countdown. He had such a wide range of influence and recognized many complicated, but beautiful laws and ideas.

  4. churlita said

    Very cool. It would be great to be so good at so many different things.

  5. Seb said

    I always loved Newtonian mechanics. Physics was fun until we got into magnetism and force fields. Not my cup of tea.

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