# The Scientific Revolution: The Contributions Of Isaac Newton

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He spent years of his life trying to understand rates of change, and how they related to their original functions. It was because of this study that he was able to come up with the idea of derivatives, the foundation of the Calculus we know today (Nandakumaran, 2006). We use Calculus every day in physics, engineering, to understand orbits, space exploration, and more. Derivatives are one of the foundational principles of Calculus, and the majority of more complex Calculus would not exist without this