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The Unknown Secrets of Isaac Newton

by Sadie Colucci 10 months ago in Historical

A Master: despite abuse, mental illness and the Plague.

Isaac Newton is most well known for his discovery of the three laws of motion but his secret life and other uncommon knowledge discoveries are what makes Issac Newton so fascinating.

Newton was born on December 25th 1642 in Woolsthorpe, England. He was born without having a father present and wasn’t expected to live longer than one day. At the hospital his prognosis was quite grim considering he was born extent tiny and weak. Most people not knowing his childhood, would be amazed at the extraordinary man he grew up to be. When Newton was a year and a half old his mother had married a very controlling and minister by the name of Barnabus who forced his then wife (Newton’s mother) to send Newton to live with his grandmother. Barnabus, leaving Newton behind, took Newton’s mother to raise his 3 other children.Newton lived with his grandmother for 9 years until Barnabus passed away and he was reunited with his mother. That’s where Newton’s life started to unravel and his instabilities started to unravel.

Due to Newton’s treacherous and disastrous childhood, lacking both parents, Newton had psychotic tendencies. He examined and evaluated his stare of mind in 1962 and compiled a book called “sins” where he mentions the quote “threatening my stepfather and mother to burn them and the house over them.” Newton’s insecurities and psychotic tendencies lived on within him through this impressive successes which was an extraordinary feat in itself. Every time he published articles or theories of his work he was anxious and shied great anger irrationally overboard violence defending his work. Not many people realize or are aware of who Newton was from a deeper perspective.

Things got progressively worse for Newton after Barnabus died and Newton’s mother expected him to run her rural farm and take on all its responsibilities. Newton, in his stage of mind, felt it was something he was unable to do and felt it didn’t behoove him.

Newton was extraordinarily intelligent beyond his years and attended grammar school in preparation for higher education and learning. It was there that he excelled at a young age and gained great knowledge in mechanics and Latin. He then continued on to Trinity College where he was quite younger that his classmates. By the time Newton had attended college in Cambridge, the Scientific Revolution was already going full force ahead. It was then that Newton studied Aristotle’s and Descarte’s work. It was then in 1664 that Newton’s true work and successes began. A great quote he stated was “ Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend but my best friend is my truth.” Although Newton disagreed with many of their theories he respected them.

It was then that Newton remastered the conception of Nature and really solidified the framework for the Scientific Revolution. The works of Robert Boyle aided in Newton’s discoveries in Chemistry. Not long after that, Newton moved along into the study of mathematics where he really did the bulk of his research. He started with classical geometry, the binomial theorem and ultimately discovered Calculus. In 1969 Newton published his progress and made his name well known. After a few years Newton became known as the leading mathematician in Europe, an amazing accomplishment.

In 1665 the plague closed down colleges for 2 years and Newton had therefore did all his learning and discovering from home. It was those 2 years of confinement that really allowed Newton to flourish. He continued to lay down and perfect the foundations of calculus as well as introduce his theory on “Optiks.” That is when Newton commenced to lean more of his focus on gravitation,Colours, planets, the sun, moon and all that encapsulated light, refraction and the refraction. Uncommon knowledge that Newton was less unknown for was his creation of the invention of the reflecting telescopes. Robert Hooke disagreed with Newton’s theories and wrote a critique strongly disagreeing with Newton. The critique was extremely harsh and with Newton’s mental instability and inability to handle extreme circumstances; Newton went into isolation.

Two years later, Newton thought Hooke finally agreed with his theory and continued his research and publishing more advanced discoveries and theories. Not too long after Newton’s progress, he received complaints from Hooke that once again almost put Newton over the edge. The exchange of letters between the two men eventually silenced the issue temporarily. Newton moved on and spoke with the English Jesuits about the theories of Colors once again. The Jesuits had minor disagreements with Newton and his theories, although not major; sent Newton into a furious rage. His mother had then passed away right after and Newton resorted to a six year period of silence and isolation.

During his isolation is when Newton focused on light, heat in chemical reactions and attractions and repulsiones to particles of matter. He believed that mechanical philosophy relied on exact mathematical treatment. Since attractions were quantitatively defined Newton believed the mechanical theory and Pythagorean theory were heavily directly related. That’s when Newton’s theory of force contributed to science. Not long after Newton’s theory of force was introduced, Locke interjected again. Their decade feud continued, although this time it was a bit more collaborative and let to success in the end. Gravity, planetary motion, orbits and inertia.

Not long after his discoveries, Newton finally discovered his three laws of motion which is the one common knowledge everyone knows Newton for. With Kepler’s third law already established, it helped Newton solidify his third theory.

A few years later, Newton had a severe falling out with his friends Locke and Pepys. As a result, Newton had another severe breakdown. In due time, Newton’s breakdown had passed but it did so much damage that Newton moved to London and ceased all his scientific research.

Learning about a Newton’s sad yet fascinating life was an amazing experience. His perseverance not to give up after all he went thru during his childhood and adulthood as well as his severe mental illness is admirable. All the uncommon knowledge that was known about Newton is inexplicable. To achieve such success in many areas of science and mathematics with all the aforementioned issues and obstacles stated above, shows what an amazing man full of uncommon knowledge can do. What an incredible man despite all his unrecognized successes. Common knowledge is a daily occurrence but discovering someone’s life and unleashing all the uncommon knowledge that was never made common is a successful feat and I’m proud to share with the world.


Sadie Colucci

I’m 41 years old. I graduated with a degree in psychology and work with children and adults on the autism spectrum. I love reading, writing, poetry, singing, dance and learning.

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