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Reverend William Ayscough, an uncle of Isaac Newton and a graduate of Cambridge Trinity College, convinced his mother to send him to Cambridge instead of leaving him on the family farm to help her.
In June 1661, at eighteen, Newton was a student of Trinity College, and nothing in his previous studies allowed to glimpse or even expect the dazzling scientific career of the founder of mechanics and optics.
Trinity College was reputed to be a highly recommended institution for those who were assigned to orders. Fortunately, this institution provided hospitality, freedom and a friendly atmosphere that allowed him to make real contact with the field of science.
At the beginning of his stay in Cambridge, he became interested in chemistry. During his first year of studies, and probably for the first time, he read a work of mathematics on the geometry of Euclid, which aroused in him the desire to read other works.
This drawing represents the Trinity College building at the time of Newton. The "colleges" that make up the University of Cambridge are independent institutions separate from the university itself, which enjoy a wide level of autonomy.
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