SIR ISAAC NEWTON (England, 1642 - 1727).
English mathematician and natural philosopher (physicist), who is considered by many the greatest scientist that ever lived. How Newton was introduced to the most advanced mathematical texts of his day is unclear. According to de Moivre, Newton's interest in mathematics began in the autumn of 1663 when he bought an astrology book at a fair in Cambridge and found that he could not understand the mathematics in it. Attempting to read a trigonometry book, he found that he lacked knowledge of geometry and so decided to read Barrow's edition of Euclid's Elements. As a professor, he achieved respect and esteem.
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