Sir Isaac Newton was a polymath who laid the foundations for classical physics and calculus. Newton was one of the most widely influential figures in the scientific revolution.
Today physics consists of classical physics and quantum physics, meaning Newton’s physics including his laws of motion are still used today when considering inertial reference frames (physics from a frame of standing still on earth). Although he adopted many of the ideas of earlier greats (“standing on the shoulder’s of giants”), Newton’s work stands apart by being uniquely advanced and useable from a modern perspective.
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Kant predicted the effect of tides on the earth’s rotation, the composition of nebulae and the solar system, and a multi-galaxy universe in 1755; his theories weren’t fully confirmed until the 1900’s.
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Isaac Newton didn’t just buy the top in the South Sea bubble. He bought early, sold for a modest profit, then bought back in near the top after seeing others get rich, only to sell near the bottom for a loss of £20,000 (roughly £1.2 mil in 2021 adjusted for inflation).
In practice, human action often has paradoxical or unintended effects. Sometimes effects or side effects even have the exact opposite effect as intended.
We explain “light,” both as electromagnetic radiation within a visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, and as electromagnetic energy carried by photons.
Isaac Newton produced many well-known works in math, astronomy, and physics, but he produced about as many unpublished works which dealt with theology, alchemy, and the occult.
Reference frames and relativity in physics explained using math-free examples. We cover: frames of reference, inertial frames, accelerated frames, and relativity.