Newton, Sir Isaac, 1642–1727, English mathematician and natural philosopher (physicist), who is considered by many the greatest scientist that ever lived.
Here are 8 facts you may not have known about Newton
1.Isaac Newton was born in 1642, the same year that Galileo Galilei died so we can say that one genius died and another one was born.
2. He really did not like his stepfather.
Newton was an avid list maker and one of his preserved lists included all of the sins he felt he had committed up until the age of 19 (his age at the time). One of them included, “Threatening my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.” You can’t hardly blame the guy, though. When Smith proposed to Isaac’s mother, Isaac wasn’t part of the deal. The three-year-old Isaac was sent to live with his grandmother.
3. He wasn’t expected to survive as a child.
He was born quite premature: an estimated 11 to 15 weeks early. His mother said he could fit in a quart-sized cup upon birth.
4. That apple thing? Never happened.
At least, not the way the legend goes. The story you probably know is that Mr. Newton was sitting under a tree contemplating life when an apple struck him on the head, simultaneously making a light bulb about gravity go off. The real story according to the man himself is that Newton was merely looking out the window when he happened to see the fruit drop. Even then, some Newton scholars think the story involving the apple was entirely made up.
5. Despite being born on January 4, he was born on Christmas Day.
I know, confusing. At the time of his birth, the Gregorian calendar hadn’t been adopted by England yet (it took them until 1752, and Newton was born in 1643). Records indicate that Isaac was born on Christmas and baptized on New Year’s Day. When the Gregorian calendar was finally adopted by England, it needed adjusted by 11 days, making January 4 Isaac’s recognized
6. He was an alchemist. Probably the weirdest fact about Newton is that he was a firm believer in alchemy. One of his greatest ambitions was to find the philosopher’s stone – the secret to turning common metals into gold
7. He was a genius, to be sure, but not much of a politician.
In his year as a member of parliament, he spoke up only once — and that was to tell someone to close a window.
8. His dog set his laboratory on fire, ruining 20 years of research.
At least, that’s the story Newton told. Some historians believe that Newton never even owned a dog, hypothesizing that he left a window open and a gust of wind knocked over a lit candle. But the dog story lives on — it was recorded as early as 1833 in The Life of Sir Isaac Newton. When he saw what man’s best friend had done, Newton is said to have exclaimed, “O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done.”