Well, almost every person on this age who has had some form of basic education knows this man. The man who discovered gravity. Newton was one of the key figures of the scientific revolution. His book 'Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy' can be considered as the base of modern science. He was not just a fellow of the royal society but also served as the President from 1703 to 1727.
The list of Newton's scientific formulas and principles have influenced almost every subject known to science. Newton was born in 1642 when there were no strong scientific theories to explain the workings of the cosmos. Those were the days when 'god' was everything. GOD was the only explanation they had. Newton was not different from any other people back then, he was a god loving man as well. But he was a natural genius. He had a knack for mathematics and could write the laws of physics in perfect mathematical sentences. His work and theories were so convincing that is explained the phenomena of the solar system perfectly. His work was the doorway through which future scientists based their questions on. His book also invented calculus which gave people the first legit theoretical base through which humans were successful in venturing into the unknown. The term escape velocity(11.5 km/s) which is used to escape the orbit of the earth may not have been conceived if Newton was not born. The world now would be totally different if that was the case. He has quoted "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." but little did he know,he was one of the giants.
To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.