Isaac Newton  - 1643 to 1727, England


"If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants."  Letter to Robert Hooke

Newton's epitaph: "Who, by vigor of mind almost divine, the motions and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, and the tides of the seas first demonstrated."

"I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." Quoted in D Brewster, Memoirs of Newton

"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things."

CyberChase Function game for approx. Gr. 3-5 - MONSTER FROG FUNCTION MACHINE :

The most comprehensive and accessible resource for younger kids I have seen that explains the ideas of calculus in comprehensible terms is Don Cohen's Calculus by and for Young People The website can be a bit difficult to navigate, but there are excellent resources here. Sample problems can be found here:

Examples of how children have used the lessons in original work are found here:

Puzzles and activities for all ages that relate to calculus ideas are found here:

This is a site that contains many teacher support videos. This link has several videos that describe what a function is, and functions are fundamental to calculus and physics.

Function machine game - from simple to more complex

The Science Spot Physics Lessons for Kids

NASA Site for Newton's Laws of Motion

Zoom Astronomy Enchanted Learning

This is a very good site for Newton's physics developed for elementary / middle school:

Sir Isaac Newton and His Laws Activities

Light, Prisms, & the Rainbow

1,2,3,Isaac Newton & Me (HS Level)

Newton Quiz on Laws of Motion

Newton's “Cradle” - Did you know that those toys of colliding balls were invented by Newton? A picture can be found here:

Soccer on the Moon - What would happen if you played soccer on the moon?

Famous for inventing calculus along with Leibniz.

Author of The Principia, the most important scientific work ever written.