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A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walking in his mother’s garden, and the apple had fallen from a nearby tree. Isaac began to wonder. Why did the apple fall down? Why hadn’t it fallen up? Or why didn’t it fall across?

What force had drawn the apple from the branch to the ground? This seemingly strange question led Isaac to think deeply. He wondered about the nature of gravity and movement, and about the relationship between objects. As he studied, he discovered natural laws. The laws he described were extremely significant. They later enabled the advances of the *Industrial Revolution, and they laid the foundation for much of modern science.

Isaac Newton was born in England in 1643. His father was a wealthy farmer, but he died three months before Isaac’s birth. His mother remarried, and when he was three, she left young Isaac with his grandmother. When he was sixteen, his mother became a widow for the second time. She then removed Isaac from school and tried to make him work as a farmer. The master of his school persuaded his mother to return Isaac to school. Isaac graduated as the top student and went to study at Trinity College in Cambridge.

In 1665, a great disease struck the Kingdom of England. It was called the Great Plague. About twenty percent of London’s population died. Isaac had just finished his studies when the university closed to reduce the spread of the Great Plague. Isaac did not distinguish himself as a student at Cambridge. But in the two years after university study, he studied a lot at home. There he made great progress, and he developed many of his theories.

*Industrial Revolution: the time when big factories were built to make things for large numbers of people.

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