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“Sir Isaac Newton-The Ingenious Scientist” consists of two sections and each section is comprised of Newton’s contribution in the field of science and how he developed the master skills of formula and theory behind the toughest mysteries.
Everyone is aware of the fact that Newton was the first person to find the nature of Light. When an apple fell on his head, he discovered the force of gravitation and applied his theory even on the heavenly bodies. He gazed them all night through his telescope.
The text begins with the birth of Isaac Newton on December 25 in a village, Woolsthorpe, in England. He was brought up by his grandmother who was very kind to him. The first sections deals with his ingenuity in all mechanical occupations from a very early age. He invented inquisitive articles with his own tools. His neighbours used to admire all the things, which Newton manufactured. Newton’s friends used to advise his grandmother to apprentice him to a clockmaker.
In due time, Isaac would set up for himself and would manufacture curious clocks, like those containing sets of dancing figures, which issue from the dial-plate when the hour is struck or like those, where a ship sails across the face of the clock, and was seen tossing up and down on the waves, as often as the pendulum vibrates.
Besides a water clock, Isaac even made a sun-dial for his grandmother, so as to never be at loss to know the time, for the water-clock would tell it in the shade, and the dial in the sunshine.
Newton went to the new windmill near his house and examined its parts and internal machines for a long period of time. When the windmill began working, he watched the process by which the mill- stones revolved and crushed the grains. In this way, he analysed the working of the machine and the requirement of specific materials.
Thus, he learnt about the manufacture of the windmill with the materials available with him like box-traps, linen for sails. It is said that when this windmill was placed in the air, a puff of wind from Newton’s mouth made the windmill work and the handful of rains put into it turned to snow white flour.
Section 2 deals with Isaac’s realisation that he has much important things to do beyond the toys and windmills. He wondered with pious inquisitiveness about the heavenly bodies like stars, the sky and the distance from the earth to the heavenly bodies. After fourteen years he was sent to the Cambridge University and there he became a scholar.
Isaac became the first person to find the nature of Light, the composition of sunlight, gravitational force and the mechanism of the universe. When an apple fell on his head, he discovered the force of gravitation. He worked all night to track the orbits of the planets and stars on the sky through his telescope.
Sir Isaac Newton was a member of Parliament and received the honour of knighthood from the King. He died at the age of 85 years in 1727. However, it is said that he is still living somewhere in his spirit form, exploring the infinite wisdom of the universe, and goodness of the Creator, as earnestly and with even more success.
He has left a fame behind him, which will be as endurable as if his name were written in letters of light, formed by the stars upon the midnight sky. Mr George and Mr. Temple remark that if Isaac had lived longer, he would have found all the other inventions of today too.