'Sir Isaac Newton'
Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642 (by the Julian calendar
then in use; or January 4, 1643 by the current Gregorian calendar)
in Woolsthorpe, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, England. He was
a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, and natural
philosopher, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest
scientists and mathematicians in history.
Newton's father died three months before his birth.
Newton was a premature baby and a small child. When he was three,
his mother remarried and left her son in the care of his grandmother.
Newton was an introvert and spent an unhappy childhood, disliking
his stepfather, and held great hostility towards his mother for
Newton began his education in the local village
schools and later attended the King's College in Grantham where
he became the top student in the school. He was fascinated with
making models, and engrossed in reading and studies His signature
can still be seen upon a library window sill at the school.
In 1659, Newton's mother became a widow for the
second time and called for his help with the family farm. Begrudgingly
Newton performed his family duties, albeit with extremely poor
farming qualities. His mother was pressured to send him back to
school and in 1661 he entered Trinity College in Cambridge.
Newton worked his way through college for the
first three years by waiting tables and cleaning rooms for the
wealthier students. At that time, the college's teachings were
based on those of Aristotle, but Newton preferred to read the
more advanced ideas of modern philosophers such as Descartes and
astronomers such as Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler. In 1665, he
discovered the generalised binomial theorem and began to develop
a mathematical theory that would later become calculus. Newton
obtained his degree in 1665
Newton graduated in 1665 and shortly before an
outbreak of Black Death swept through London. All universities
were closed while the plague raged. During this time, he returned
to his family's farm for several months where he spent his time
thinking about fundamental principles of his theory of gravitation,
optics and mathematics and working on his ideas about fluxional
In 1667, Newton returned to Cambridge and two
years later was appointed second Lucasian Professor, a holder
of a mathematical professorship at Cambridge University. It was
Newton's reflecting telescope, made in 1668, that finally brought
him to the attention of the scientific community and in 1672 he
was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. From the mid-1660s, Newton
conducted a series of experiments on the composition of light
and in 1704 Newton published 'The Opticks'. He also studied and
published works on history, theology and alchemy.
1687 and with the support of astronomer friend, Edmond Halley,
Newton published one of his greatest works, the 'Philosophiae
Naturalis Principia Mathematica' ('Mathematical Principles of
In 1689, Newton served two terms as a Member of
Parliament for Cambridge University. Soon after he was appointed
as warden of the Royal Mint in London and elected President of
the Royal Society. In 1705 he was knighted by Queen Anne.
Newton had a complex personality, suffered depression
and was often involved in bitter arguments with other scientists,
but by the early 1700s he was the dominant figure in British and
Newton died in London on 20 March 1727 (by the
Julian calendar or 31 March 1727 by the current Gregorian calendar)
and was buried in Westminster Abbey. He is the first scientist
to be accorded this honour and the encyclopaedia of science refers
to his works and accomplishments at least two to three times more
than any other individual scientist.
The Conway Stewart Sir Isaac Newton Limited Edition
has been created using the art of hand painting, with the cap
and barrel incorporating his portrait and most famous mathematical
The Conway Stewart Sir Isaac Newton is a fitting tribute
to this greatest of English scientists, featuring an image depicting
his huge impact on theoretical astronomy, defining the laws of
motion and universal gravitation on the barrel, while the cap
is adorned with the likeness of Newton himself, taken from the
famous portrait by Godfrey Kneller in 1689.
Our renowned artist executes this artwork with
painstaking care and attention to detail. The technique used allows
for a combination of fine detail and beautiful, flowing spreads
As with all Conway Stewart writing instruments,
the solid 18-carat gold nib is available in a choice of eight
grades, from Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium
and Italic Broad.
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'Sir Isaac Newton'
Limited to 25 numbered pieces available in fountain
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Nib grades: Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic
Fine, Italic Medium, Italic Broad
Filling mechanism: converter cartridge
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