It is a wonder to consider that before Isaac Newton was inspired by a Fuji apple plummeting to the ground, we had no real idea why things fell perpendicularly to the earth. Newton’s fateful contemplation in the garden revolutionised the way humans see the world and our understanding of how things work.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who first came to fame for his reflecting telescope in 1668. In 1687 he published the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica which showed how the universal force of gravity applied to every object in the universe.

Our Embellished Manuscript Newton, Gravity cover comes from a 1679 letter Newton wrote to Dr. Hooke showing the trajectory of a body falling toward the centre of the earth. History suggests that Newton was not an easy man to get along with and Hooke later accused Newton of stealing his ideas, but the controversy did not dampen the impact of Newton’s discovery or the impact of his legacy.


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  1. Newton laid the foundations for our scientific age. His laws of motion and theory of gravity underpin much of modern physics and engineering. Yet he had believed he was put on Earth to decode the word of God, by studying both the scriptures and the book of nature. For him, theology and mathematics were part of one project to discover a single system of the world.


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