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LWW
08-29-2011, 08:57 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">In 1642, the year that Galileo Galilei died, Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas Day*. Named after his father, who died just three months before he was born, Isaac was a very small baby not expected to survive. His mother even said that Isaac was so small that he could have fit inside a quart mug. </div></div>

LWW
08-29-2011, 08:58 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Newton was born into a farming family. When he was 17, his mother insisted that he returned from school to run the family farm! Thankfully, Newton was a bad farmer and not long afterwards, his uncle successfully persuaded his mother to let him attend Trinity College in Cambridge instead. </div></div>

LWW
08-29-2011, 09:00 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The story (popularized by Voltaire, no less!) said that Newton was inspired when he saw a falling apple while walking around his family’s garden at Woolsthorpe Manor, to formulate his theory of universal gravitation (some version even claimed the apple fell on his head!).

Newton himself actually said that he was staring out the window in his house when he saw an apple fall from a tree.

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Purported offspring of the Newton’s Apple Tree in Woolsthorpe Manor (Image Source: Mathematical Association of America)

Whatever happened to the tree? The King’s School in Grantham, Linconshire, England, where Newton went to school, claimed to have purchased the tree and moved it to its garden. Naturally, this is a bone of contention with the Woolsthorpe Manor people who are currently in charge of the upkeep of Newton’s home (now a historic site). </div></div>

LWW
08-29-2011, 09:03 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">There’s no doubt that Newton was brilliant, but what is not commonly known was that the majority of Newton’s discoveries were made between his twenty-first and twenty-seventh years. Yet, he didn’t disclose these findings to the world until years later.

Take for example Newton’s work on optics: his ground-breaking experiments on the nature of light (that ordinary white light is actually composed of a spectrum of colors) were done by 1669, when Newton was just 27 years old.Yet, he first presented his findings to the British Royal Society three years later, when he was elected as a fellow. (Source: Hart, Michael. (1998) The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History)

Newton’s secretiveness had led to many quarrels over credit. For example, when mathematician Gottfried Leibniz [wiki] published his work on calculus, Newton countered that he had invented methods for that branch of math many years previously but didn’t publish, thus sparking one of the largest controversy in mathematics: who truly invented calculus </div></div>

LWW
08-29-2011, 09:04 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Newton was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1689 and served for exactly one year. During that time, he said one and only one sentence during the lengthy proceedings: he asked a nearby usher to close an open, drafty window! </div></div>

cushioncrawler
08-29-2011, 03:47 PM
Newton woz lucky. The metrik unit of force woz a Newton -- so, he woz in the box seat and had a flying start on everyone else.

And he woz miles ahead of hiz time, our time even.
Newt fully understood that if u defined 1 Newton az giving 1kg an acceleration of 1 m/s/s, then, due to Newton's Relativity, the 1kg would bekum heavyr, and the 1 second would become smaller, ie az speed inkreeced.
And he woz allso aware that this woz especially so when the kg woz initially going at say half the speed of light in the first instance, ie relativ to u'n'me.
Thusly, Newt's Laws are universal, they work ok everywhere at all times. The Laws stay put, but the N and kg and second vary, and the universe varys, thats all.
mac.