For all the budding little scientists, there is no shame in having juice explode all over the ceiling when you are trying to create a volcano. Sure, it will be a bit of a mess for Mom to clean up, but knowledge is everything, right? There is a lesson in everything; if it did not work out well the first time, then at least you learned how not to do it the second time, and all knowledge is useful. Now, there are a great many world renown scientists who I am sure got a few skid marks and burns on their way to becoming great. Isaac Newton was no different, so here is his story for all of you who think these great men were all born getting it perfect on the first shot.
Isaac Newton was born in England and is today known for being an influential Mathematician, Philosopher, Physicist, Alchemist, Theologian and Astronomer. Wow! Now that’s what you call awesome. But if you think about it, most of these areas go hand in hand; so for instance, he had to be a mathematician to understand astronomy or physics in a sense, and he had to be a good philosopher to be a good theologian. So never think, ‘I can’t do all of that,’ because you just might be able to once you push the limits of your mind.
What Newton discovered may seem like common sense now, but that may be the case because we have that knowledge inside of us passed down from generation to generation. His laws of gravity and his three laws of motion are the most popular in Physics. So for the law of inertia, it states that ‘every object in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by an external force’. That seems pretty simple to understand, right? You are running down the corridor and you will keep moving forward until you bump into someone or a door. Bet some of you did not know that it came from one of the famous Newton’s laws.
The third of the laws of motion state that ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and this can be applied to our daily lives as well; this is where the Philosophy is tied into the Physics. If you act dishonestly (action) then you will get punished if caught (equal and opposite reaction). It shows there will always be a consequence for everything whether good or bad.
When Newton completed his works, he went on to becoming overseer to the production of the pound sterling in London (and this was Economics). You do not have to limit yourself. You can become like an Isaac Newton who sought to become greater by attaining greater knowledge.
“If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
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