## Monday, January 04, 2010

### Sir Isaac Newton: birthday

Sir Isaac Newton was born on January 4th, 1643. As Cynthia has pointed out, today, the main page of Google.com used the first animated Doodle ever. Yes, an apple falls from the tree.

Because I consider Newton as the brightest theoretical physicist ever, I have never had the courage to post a biography about this giant - although it was partly ready back in 2008 when we celebrated the 365th birthday.

His achievements, beliefs, revelations, passions, and mistakes are just way too multi-dimensional and I don't want to end up with a ludicrous lower-dimensional projection of a man that all of us know, at least to some extent.

But you may try.

#### 1 comment:

1. FWIW: In England and the US, Newton's birthday is usually remembered as being 25th December 1642 (Christmas Day). It became 4th January retrospectively due to a calendar change, but if we're sticking to contemporarily-recorded dates, it's 25 Dec (OTOH, if we use astronomical calendaring, it's supposed to be 7th January).

That's why some physicists like to celebrate the 25th December holiday as "Newtonmas", and send out Newtonmas cards rather than Christmas cards.

Video (The Big Bang Theory): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqiiCOFR0Y8