369 years ago, 25th of December 1642, in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England, was the birth day of one of the greatest men ever to live on this tiny speck floating thru the cosmos. Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, has been "considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived." Unfortunately, his birthday has been obscured by worship of fables and irrationality. Although he was an extremely religious person, his contribution to science makes him one of the strongest propagators of logic and reason.

Happy birthday, Sir Isaac!

Views: 312

Comment by Dubravko J. on December 25, 2011 at 2:54pm

Nelson, that is true. It was proposed that the ten-day period between the two dates (gregorian and julian) be called "10 Days of Newton", and be a holiday season. I might go with that :D

Greg, lots of the intellectuals of that time used to be alchemists, occultist, astrologers and the kind. I guess it was a trend amongst scholars then.

Comment by Albert Bakker on December 25, 2011 at 2:59pm

Like alchemy, astrology in a historical context (history of science context) must also be understood as such. It is also much more interesting to try to understand why people - who weren't stupid - practicing it, thought that way.

Comment by Dubravko J. on December 25, 2011 at 3:02pm

Well, it was, in a way, more scientific than most of the practices. It consisted of experiments, observations, philosophy of 'inner workings of nature'... I guess it was interesting, to say the least, to more learned people.

Comment by Albert Bakker on December 26, 2011 at 4:06am

Great stuff, I envy you. I am a garbage man.

Comment by Scott A. Hunt on December 26, 2011 at 8:03am

I believe he was also fond of kicking puppies and punching old ladies. :)

Who isn't?


Comment by Ron V on December 26, 2011 at 1:33pm

In his work on gravity, didn't Newton propose the Flying Spaghetti Monster (but all the documents were burned by the Catholic Church)- and doesn't the FSM ultimately lead to string theory as a contemporary elaboration of noodly appendages?



You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist


Free Books to UK Schools

Started by JadeBlackOlive in Small Talk 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

Calling me kiddo?

Started by Belle Rose in Society. Last reply by Pope Beanie 13 hours ago. 17 Replies

I am super scared - we're headed for WW3

Started by Belle Rose in Politics. Last reply by Noel 19 hours ago. 29 Replies

What Do Canadians Think is Important?

Started by JadeBlackOlive in Small Talk. Last reply by Pope Beanie yesterday. 33 Replies

Blog Posts

Monoceros - the unicorn

Posted by Brad Snowder on February 18, 2017 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

New wave of terrorism

Posted by Noon Alif on February 16, 2017 at 9:54am 2 Comments

© 2017   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service