Facts about Isaac Newton
- He was born January 4, 1643, in Woolsthorpe, England, United Kingdom
- He died March 31, 1727, in London, England, United Kingdom
- Newton actually studied for a degree in law.
- He owned more books on historical subjects than on science.
- Isaac Newton suffered two nervous breakdowns.
- Newton was notorious for his bad temper and conflicts with other people. In particular Hooke and Leibinz.
- Between 1665 and 1667 the University of Cambridge was dispersed due to The Plague and Newton returned to Woolsthorpe Manor.
- Isaac Newton become known in the scientific community through his refractive telescope - a big improvement on existing telescopes.
- Newton's discovered the theory of gravity after watching an apple fall in the orchard.
- Throughout his life Newton continued research into a wide range of subjects including mathematics, optics, astronomy and alchemy.
- He was elected as Member of Parliament for the University in 1700, but only held this post for a year.
- Newton himself would tell the story of an apple falling from a tree giving him inspiration for his work on gravity. However, there is no evidence he was actually hit by an apple!
- In 1696, Newton was appointed warden of the Royal Mint. He took his duties very seriously, seeking to prevent corruption.
- Newton was fascinated with religion, though didn't hold orthodox views. He wrote an article on textual criticism of the Bible.
- One of Newton's most famous quotes was:
- "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
- English poet Alexander Pope wrote the following epithat for Newton.
Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said "Let Newton be" and all was light.