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Isaac Newton

Born Prematurely

Isaac Newton was born preterm and at such a small size that no one expected him to live. He may have been born up to 15 weeks early, according to estimates.1)

Lost His Parents Soon After Birth

Isaac Newton's father passed away three months before his birth. Newton's mother remarried when he was three, but his stepfather refused to let him remain with them. Newton was placed with his grandparents.2)


Isaac Newton stuttering. Charles Darwin, Moses, Marilyn Monroe, and Winston Churchill are among prominent stutterers.3)

Loved Lists

Newton like making lists. In one case, he produced a list of all his misdeeds dating back to the age of ten. “Threatening my father and mother Smith to burn them and the home over them,” he wrote of his disdain for his stepfather.4)

Brought Revolution

Sir Isaac Newton made significant contributions to astronomy, mathematics, physics, and natural philosophy. He is regarded as one of history's most significant philosophers and a vital motivator for the scientific revolution.5)

British Parliament

For a year, Isaac Newton served in the British Parliament. He only spoke once, to urge someone to kindly close the window.6)


After Newton's mother was widowed for the second time, she sought to turn him into a farmer, which he despised. One of his instructors convinced her to allow him to return to school.7)

Bullied At School

When Newton was bullied at school, he was resolved to get revenge by becoming the school's top student by creating windmill and sundial models.8)

Notes And Letter After Death

Isaac Newton died in 1727, leaving behind notes, manuscripts, and letters totaling more than 50 million words. This is enough to produce around 150 novel-length novels.9)


Newton's family and associates burnt or hid some of his documents out of fear of being labeled a heretic. Newton, in particular, denied the dogma of the Holy Trinity, which was denounced as heretical by Catholicism, Anglicanism, and most kinds of Protestantism. Some of his papers were not eventually published until the 1960s.10)

Robert Hooke

Newton's theory of light, according to Hooke, was erroneous, and Newton had copied part of his work and put it in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.11)

Gottfried Leibniz

The legendary debate between German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton about who created infinitesimal calculus. Both claimed the other had stolen their ideas. It was later established that they had both independently discovered this field of mathematics.12)


Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton in 1705 for his contributions to science.13)

Apple Falling On Head

The myth of an apple falling on Newton's head, according to most historians, is merely folklore.14)


Galileo died the same year that Isaac Newton was born.15)

Never Approached A Woman

Newton, according to Voltaire, lacked both passion and weakness; he never approached a woman. “I have got it confirmed by the doctor and the surgeon who were with him when he died”, Voltaire said.16)

Gravity Meaning

Prior to Newton, the English term “gravity” meant a melancholy or serious attitude. It also suggested a heaviness or lightness.17)


A section of Newton's apple tree was taken onboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 2010 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society, a scientific organization previously led by Newton.18)

Royal Mint

Newton personally tracked down and questioned suspected offenders and had forgers hanged when he was head of the Royal Mint.19)

Lucasian Professor At Mathematics

Newton, then 26, was named Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge in 1669. He was only the second person in such capacity. Stephen Hawking was the 17th person to hold it, from 1979 to 2009.20)

Philosopher's Stone

Newton devoted most of his adult life to alchemy, including the hunt for the philosopher's stone. The philosopher's stone is said to be capable of transforming common metals (lead) into gold. He was quite secretive and kept part of his study in code.21)

Barely Any Audience At Lectures

Newton taught at Cambridge for approximately 30 years. However, he was uninterested in teaching, and his lectures were unpopular. Occasionally, no one showed up at all.22)

Analyzed The Bible

Newton studied the Bible for hidden hints about how the cosmos functioned.23)

Westminster Abbey Burial

Newton died at the age of 84 in 1727. He was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey, with numerous English kings and renowned Britons, including Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, and David Livingstone.24)


Newton uncovered several world-changing discoveries, including 1) three laws of motion, 2) universal gravity, 3) the shape of the Earth, 4) optics, 5) the empirical law of cooling, and 6) the concept of Newtonian fluid.25)

Needle In The Eye

Isaac Newton poked himself in the eye with a needle. He inserted the needle between his eyelids and probed the rear of his eyeball to chronicle the “light and dark colored patches”, mapping his own retinal mapping.26)

Nervous Breakdowns

Newton went through two nervous breakdowns. He resigned up scientific studies after the second one in 1693 and got a post with the Royal Mint.27)


Arianism, an obscure religious doctrine that Jesus, while created by God, was not divine, inspired Isaac Newton.28)

Newton paid for his education by working as a servant to wealthier students and launching a small lending company.29)

Death And Mercury

On March 20, 1727, Newton died in his sleep in London. Following his death, it was discovered that his hair contained mercury, most likely from his alchemical efforts. His latter eccentricities may be explained by his exposure to mercury poisoning.30)

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