Interesting Facts on Sir Isaac Newton

  1. Sir Isaac Newton wrote more about religion and the Bible than about astronomy, mathematics or physics. He studied the Bible mainly to extract scientific information. In 1704, Newton wrote a manuscript, which contained different scientific notes based on the Holy Bible.

  2. One of the interesting facts about Sir Isaac Newton is his deep interest in Alchemy. He wrote around 169 books dealing with this mysterious science and its characteristics. He also experimented with alchemy using various elements like lead and mercury. Isaac Newton’s aim was to find the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life through his experiments. During his experiments, Newton suffered from lead poisoning during his alchemical experiments!

  3. The story of a falling apple that inspired Newton’s theory of gravitation is actually popularized by the famous author Voltaire.

Sir Isaac Newton

  1. His intellectual tiff with German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz over calculus is quite well-known. He and his supporters accused Leibniz of plagiarism and a report was issued by the Royal Society to prove this. The report concluded that Leibniz was a fraud and Newton was the true inventor of the Calculus. Later, it was found that Newton himself wrote the concluding comments!

  2. At first, young Newton was not very good in his studies. One day, he was beaten by a school bully in his class. Enraged, he challenged that boy in a fight and won. But, young Newton was still not satisfied with this, he wanted to teach him a lesson in the academic field as well and so he focused more on his studies. This was an important moment in Newton’s life as it set the foundation for his future academic success and historic discoveries.

(Source: brighthub.com)