Everyone knows Sir Isaac Newton, and about his contribution to the scientific revolution. Newton’s birthday though is a subject of a debate. It is not ascertained yet, whether it was on 25th December 1642 or 4th January 1643.
Newton was born in the United Kingdom, studied from the Trinity College, Cambridge and was an English mathematician, astronomer, theologian and physicist.
Newton is called as the father of gravity – who doesn’t remember the ‘apple’ incident?
1) Newton, when born, was a premature baby and was underweight. Newton’s survival was a doubt back then but he did. His mother is said to have stated that his son would easily fit inside a quart mug.
2) When Newton was a student at the Cambridge University, he used to perform tasks like taking care of the rooms of other students etc.
3) We know that he was a scientist but as per various sources, he was also deeply interested in the Bible and often made notes on it. Newton once said, ” Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”
4) In the year of 1969, Newton became the member of Parliament for one complete year. Newton usually never spoke in the long proceedings, he only spoke once that also to an usher, asking him to close a window which was open.
5) Newton’s great ‘apple story’ never took place exactly how it is stated popularly that the apple fell on Newton’s head when he was resting. The truth is that when he was walking in a garden, he saw the apple falling down from a tree and this is when he started thinking about gravity as we know it.
6) Sir Isaac Newton never had any good relationship with his stepfather. He disliked his stepfather and he object toed the decision of his mother marrying him.
7) Newton was a staunch believer in Alchemy. Alchemy is the art – or science – to turn common metals into precious gold. It was forbidden back then.
8) Till now it is believed Newton died a virgin, as it is said by many scholars. He never indulged in the company of a women!
9) Isaac Newton holds the most valuable tooth in the world. In the year 1816, Newton’s tooth was auctioned for approximately $3,600. Its value today would be more than $35,000 or around $24lakh; creating a Guinness World Record.
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