What will we do if something falls on our head? We will look around for a few seconds from where it has fallen and forget about it later. But, Isaac Newton didn't think like us when an apple had fallen on his head. He tried to find the reason behind its fall and ultimately discovered that the Earth has gravity.
As today is the birth anniversary of the legendary scientist, here are some interesting facts about him. Have a look!
Newton was born prematurely and interestingly, the name of his father is also Isaac Newton.
There is a conflict about the birth date of Newton. He was born on Christmas Day in 1642, the year in which Galileo Galilei died. England hadn't yet adopted the Gregorian calendar at the time of Newton's birth. Once the new calender came into existence in 1752, his birth date was noted as January 4, 1643.
Everyone thinks that an apple has fallen on Newton's head as mentioned in the intro. But, according to “Memoir of Sir Isaac Newton’s Life (1752)”, written by his friend William Stukeley, Newton saw an apple which inspired him later to formulate the law of universal gravitation. So, the 'apple tree' is all fake.
The original apple tree which made him to discover the existence of gravitation is still growing at Woolsthorpe Manor, England.
He has a great interest in alchemy and spent most of his adult life on it. He had a goal to find the philosopher's stone, a legendary substance allegedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold. He was secretive about his experiments and coded his researches.
Based on calendrical analysis, he cited evidence for Christ's crucifixion on April 3, AD 33 and also predicted that the world would end no earlier than 2060.
He had served as a Member of Parliament representing University of Cambridge on two separate occasions.