«Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge» (Proverbs 23:12).
Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe (England) in 1642. His mother did not predict a great future for him, so she prepared him to be a farmer. However, the child took refuge in his studies and in two of the great passions of his life: the study of mathematics and the Bible. In the face of the boy’s notable advances in school, his mother eventually became convinced of his talent and allowed him to attend the University of Cambridge, where he worked hard to pay for his studies and fulfill his dreams. He was not an outstanding student, but he acquired the basic knowledge of the mid-seventeenth century with the contributions of Galileo, Bacon, Des. cartes, and Kepler, among others. He graduated in 1665 and devoted himself to research in the areas of physics and mathematics.
The young Newton did not let himself be discouraged by his low grades. He con. tinued to delve into the knowledge of mathematics and philosophy in a self-taught manner. At the age of twenty-nine, he had formulated theories that would mark the path of modern science until the twentieth century. Despite his success, he was not given publicity for his discoveries, so many of them not recognized until several years later. Newton coincided with Leibniz in the discovery of integral calculus, which would contribute to a profound renewal of mathematics; in addition, he formulated the binomial theorem (Newton’s Binomial). His most applauded contributions were in the field of physics: optics (the composition and nature of light [in 1668 he designed the first reflector telescope]), thermodynamics, acoustics, and its acclaimed re-foundation of mechanics (the three fundamental laws of movement [inertia, dynamics, action, and reaction], which would then result in the fourth, namely the law of gravity). Many of these ideas were being discussed at that time. Newton’s merit was to give them the systematic character of a general theory capable of sustaining the scientific conception of the universe for several centuries.
The study of the Bible led Newton to investigate the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation and the chronology of the ancient kings. In 1705, Queen Anne granted him the title of «lord.» He died in 1727 in Kensington, England.
There is a lot to learn in this world. Do not be crushed by the low expectations others may have of you. Open your heart to learning. Acquire the habit of reading. Review again and again what you do not understand in school. If you do, one day you’ll go very far.