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Newtons Laws of Motion

How did Isaac Newton come up with the three laws of motion?


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June 17, 2010 7:01PM

He came up with them by thinking deeply and obsessively. Sir Isaac Newton was a genius, perhaps the greatest genius the world has ever known. After inventing the eponymous fig-filled pastry-like cookie -- the Fig Newton -- he yearned for more difficult challenges and turned his attention to physics, writing the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work published in July, 1687. It contains the statement of Newton's laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation.