One of the most influential mathematicians in history is the renowned Englishman Isaac Newton. This man is famous for his contributions in the fields of calculus, theology, physics, and light science. There are very few people who can truthfully say that Newton is not one of the most respected and accomplished scientists known today. The influential life of this man began on December 25, Christmas, 1642 in Woolsthorpe, England. He was prematurely born after his father had passed away and was turned over to the care of his grandmother when he was three years old after his mother remarried. Because he was sickly as a child, he did not participate in the typical activities and games of children his own age. He kept himself busy by manifesting his creative abilities, and soon became quite adept at inventing, as well as reading. Newton went through his regular schooling rather successfully, and, aside from an unfinished engagement with his landlord's daughter, life went on fairly !
uneventfully. He attended college at Cambridge University, received his B.A. Degree in 1664, the year of the Bubonic Plague, at which point Newton returned to Woolsthorpe to deliberate the rest of his life.
It is this period of rumination that spawned the "greatest achievement of a human intellect in a short period of time." During this interim, Newton invented the mathematical field of calculus, extended the binominal theorem, discovered the Law of Universal Gravitation, and experimentally proved that white light is composed of all colors. The creation of calculus could be said to be one of his greatest achievements, as it has had a tremendous influence on mathematics, physics, and astronomy, and more currently on the sciences of biology, economics, business, and political science. His contribution of the Law of Universal Gravitation basically explains how the universe operates, that discovery also being considerably significant.