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Could current seclusion foster Isaac Newtons of the Corona Era?

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The discovery of the law of universal gravitation owed to the closure of Cambridge University during the Great Plague of London that lasted from 1665 to 1666.

While the epidemic raged, Isaac Newton (1642-1727), then a Cambridge student, left London to pursue private studies in his home village in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire.

And it took him no more than 18 months to develop his epoch-making theories--not only on the law of gravitation, but on calculus and optics as well.

"Had the plague not forced Newton into evacuation, he might not have made those three historic discoveries in such a short time as a young man who was only in his 20s," said Yasufumi Kawamura, 60, a professor at........

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