Newton's birthplace and 1682 letter

Newton's birthplace and 1682 letter

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Credit: MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Newton's birthplace and 1682 letter. English physicist, mathematician and astronomer Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was born in Lincolnshire at Woolsthorpe Manor (top). It was here that he worked in the period 1665 to 1667 during the Great Plague on his theories of calculus and gravitation. He became a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1667. This letter of 20 June 1682, addressed to his friend the physician and oculist William Briggs (c.1650-1704), discussed Briggs's 'Theory of Vision'. From 1710 to 1725, Newton lived at 35 St Martin's Street, near Leicester Square, with an observatory (bottom) in the attic room.

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