Calculus Essay

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Calculus

Calculus


"One of the greatest contributions to modern mathematics, science, and
engineering was the invention of calculus near the end of the 17th century,"
says The New Book of Popular Science. Without the invention of calculus, many
technological accomplishments, such as the landing on the moon, would have been
difficult.
The word "calculus" originated from the Latin word meaning pebble. This is
probably because people many years ago used pebbles to count and do arithmetic
problems.
The two people with an enormous contribution to the discovery of the
theorems of calculus were Sir Isaac Newton of England and Baron Gottfried
Wilhelm of Germany. They discovered these theorems during the 17th century
within a few years of each other.
Isaac Newton was considered one of the great physicists all time. He
applied calculus to his theories of motion and gravitational pull. He was able
to discover a function and describe mathematically the motion of all objects in
the universe.
Calculus was invented to help solve problems dealing with "changing or
varying" quantities. Calculus is considered "mathematics of change." There are
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