And just because he was one of the greatest scientists to have ever lived on Earth doesn’t really make him a completely sane or exceptionally happy person! Yes, Sir Isaac Newton’s life was in every way weird, mysterious and interesting. So, let us today learn 25 interesting and weird Sir Isaac Newton facts. Many of you probably already know these facts but still, it is always fun to read about people who really left an impression on mankind that’s not going to fade until mankind ceases to exist.
Sir Isaac Newton Facts: 1-10
1. Newton died a virgin! He never married and there are no records of him having sex. That’s an awful statement. Please pardon us. Let us rephrase. It is believe he never have had sex. There is absolutely no way to verify this and even if he enjoyed some “behind closed doors ‘we time’” with someone, we will never come to know that.
2. Newton was very much into alchemy. So, what’s alchemy? It is a pseudoscience which deals with the study of converting lead and other base metals into gold. He actually wrote 169 books on it, none of which were ever published during his lifetime because under act 1404, making gold and silver was considered a felony.
3. Newton had an uncanny obsession with Bible. He studied Bible at great depths and wrote more on religion than about science or mathematics.
4. His study of Bible actually helped him predict a few things. For instance, he predicted that Lord Christ was crucified exactly on 3 April, AD 33. He also predicted that Apocalypse is not hitting mankind anytime sooner than 2060 AD.
5. Do you really think that Newton’s predictions were mere outcomes of his passion and obsession? Think again! It was Newton who first predicted that Jews will take back Israel and it turned out to absolutely correct!
6. Newton almost became a farmer. He was actually born in a poor farmer family. When he turned 17, his mother kept insisting that he goes to the family farm after returning from school. He did follow his mom’s order but it turned out that he was an awful farmer. So, his uncle eventually managed to persuade his mother to allow him to join Cambridge’s Trinity College.
7. He could not have joined Trinity College if his mother never remarried. Actually, Newton came from a poor family and his father died 3 months before his birth [source], making conditions even worse. It was only after his mother decided to go for a second marriage that the financial conditions became somewhat stable and she had enough money to afford sending Newton to Trinity College.
8. Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton’s father’s name was also Isaac Newton?
9. There is a conflict about Newton’s date of birth. Well, we can’t really call it a conflict. Newton was born on December 25, 1642. Once Georgian Calendar was adopted, it turned out that Newton’s date of birth was January 4, 1663. We will go with the non-Georgian date because of the reason mentioned in next fact.
10. Year 1642 of the non-Georgian Calendar was the year of death for the Great Galileo Galilei.