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25 August 1999 Issue

Biography of a Vegetarian
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Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night:
God said, let Newton be! and all was light- Alexander Pope

One of the most important figures in the entire history of man was a vegetarian by the name of Sir Isaac Newton. The scientific revolution came about with his help. He provided the foundation to calculus, helped with the advancement of optics, came up with the laws of motion, and discovered the laws of gravity.

Newton was born on Christmas Day in 1642 in the old Julian calendar. His father died before he was born, and left the family with little money. His mother remarried within three years to a wealthy man which was fortunate for Newton later in life for it enabled him to go to college which may not have happened if his father had lived. Newton’s stepfather, though, did not want anything to do with Newton, and he was to spend his early childhood living in the care of his Grandmother.

In 1656, Newton’s stepfather died. Newton was now allowed to come back to live with his mother on the farm. At the same time, he was showing little promise in school and was thus taken out. The next few years he spent working on a farm which proved to be not his calling. He showed little interest in doing the chores on the farm, and in 1661 his uncle suggested that he attend Trinity College at Cambridge.

Each college at Cambridge wore its own colors, and Newton was enrolled as a clergyman. He was admitted in the lowest standing as a sizar. This meant that he paid for his room and board by doing chores for his tutor, and bringing meals to the professors. In 1665, the black death came to London, and the college shut down as the students ran to the country. Newton went back to his live with his family on the farm. It was at this time that he discovered gravity when an apple fell onto his work table.

In 1666, London was afire. The fire started in the king’s baker house near London Bridge. When the fire ended, people waited for the black death to reappear, but it did not. In 1667, Cambridge once again opened, and Newton was back in school. From there is history. Newton would go on to become one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

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