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Sir Isaac Newton

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Sir Isaac Newton Leaves a Legacy

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) is known as the first popular hero of modern science. The words "scientist" and "physics" did not exist during his lifetime.

The most enduring legacy of Sir Isaac Newton is his explanation of how the universe operates by logical mechanical laws. His most unusual gift was his unparalleled personal powers of concentration.

Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus, designed the reflecting telescope, and explained how the moon creates the earthly tides. From the time of Aristotle to the time of Einstein, Isaac Newton was the man.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

WOOLSTHORPE MANOR, WHERE ISAAC NEWTON WAS BORN AND RAISED

WOOLSTHORPE MANOR, WHERE ISAAC NEWTON WAS BORN AND RAISED

Sir Isaac Newton Was Once Young

Sir Isaac Newton was born the year the English Civil War began, 1642, which is also the year Galileo died. Isaac Newton was unusually small and sickly as a baby. At birth, he could have fit into a quart mug. His father was an illiterate yeoman farmer, who died three months before Isaac was born.

Newton's mother cast him off when he was but three years old, as her new husband did not want the boy in their lives. Isaac was to grow up with his maternal grandmother in a lonely farmhouse.

In school, Isaac Newton was not an outstanding student early on; nor did he make any close friends. Later, he became the top student after being bullied by a classmate. At home, Isaac drew on the walls of his bedroom until they were covered with his drawings of sundials, circles, triangles, plants, birds, beasts, ships, and men. As a teenager, he could tell the time of day by the shadows he saw.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON STATUE AT OXFORD

SIR ISAAC NEWTON STATUE AT OXFORD

Of Light and the Universe

Of all natural phenomena, light was the most awesome. Light was used in romance, metaphor, and theology. It was a most unlikely thing to be confined to the discipline of numbers. Newton discovered that all colors were components of white; that light moves in particles; and that colors result from the variation in frequency of these light particles.

Isaac Newton retired to the country to wait out the plague of 1665, which had temporarily closed Cambridge. While there, Newton put together his laws of physics. His idea was that the motion of all things could be explained because God had given man a rational mind capable of understanding—gradually—the rational, orderly universe God had made.

Isaac Newton set about to describe the System of the Universe. He offered a common scheme for celestial and terrestrial dynamics. Newton brought the heavenly bodies down to earth where men could grasp them. All motions of earthly and heavenly bodies could be seen, observed, and measured.

About all this Newton stated: "God exists always and everywhere. We have ideas of His attributes, but what the real substance of anything is we know not. God can be known only from the appearances of things."

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (PAINTING BY GODFREY KNELLER)

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (PAINTING BY GODFREY KNELLER)

SIR ISAAC NEWTON'S TELESCOPE

SIR ISAAC NEWTON'S TELESCOPE

The Eccentric Newton

The Great Fire of London in 1666, forever destroyed the London of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. It also killed the rats that had caused the plague. Newton became professor of mathematics at Cambridge at the age of 27.

Newton lectured to mostly empty classrooms at Cambridge, as most students were hardly interested in his ideas, and those who were found it difficult to comprehend his teaching. His secretary said, "Few went to hear him; fewer understood him."

Isaac Newton joined the Royal Society in 1672, where he was viewed as a solitary, untrusting, morose man. He did not laugh or engage in small talk.

Isaac Newton rarely changed his clothes, fastened his shoes, or combed his hair. To dine at an actual table was unheard of; he preferred to snack throughout the day. Sitting down for a meal took far too much time away from his work.

Isaac Newton hardly ever used his bed; he would take naps here and there, around the clock. Newton rarely left his room. He had no hobbies; he never partook in physical activity. His hair turned silver by age 30.

ISAAC NEWTON CONTEMPLATES THE APPLE

ISAAC NEWTON CONTEMPLATES THE APPLE

ISAAC NEWTON

ISAAC NEWTON

Newton Understood the Gravity of the Situation

In 1684, Newton explained to his fellow scientists how the planets moved in elliptical orbits. In 1687, he published Principia Mathematica, perhaps the most important science book ever written. In it, Newton explicated his three laws of motion—the most important being the second, which explains the power of gravity and how it determines the movement of heavenly bodies. Newton also explained that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.

Isaac Newton wrote that all bodies are subject to gravity—in proportion to their masses and the square of the distance between their centres—and that this ties the planetary system together. Johannes Kepler had already described the motion of the planets—Newton took it a step further with his explanation of why they move. And what keeps them in orbit.

The Universal Law of Gravitation: Every particle in the universe is attracted to every other particle.

Newton saw God as the master creator whose existence could not be denied in the face of the grandeur of all creation. Isaac Newton wrote: "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done."

As Newton became famous, he wanted to be left alone—but craved attention.

ISAAC NEWTON

ISAAC NEWTON

Everything He Touches Turns to Gold

Isaac Newton was elected a Member of Parliament in 1689. In 1693, he developed severe health problems that led to a nervous breakdown. His illness was likely caused by mercury poisoning from experiments he was conducting at the time.

Isaac Newton was named Warden of the Mint in 1696. It was meant to be a sinecure, but Newton immersed himself in the job and proved to be amazingly successful at it. He uncovered and convicted 28 counterfeiters. His work was so fabulous that in 1700 he became the first warden ever to be promoted to Master of the Mint.

Newton became the president—some say dictator—of the Royal Society in 1703 and served in this capacity until his death 25 years later. The last 30 years of his life he lived in London.

Queen Anne knighted Sir Isaac Newton in 1705, which made him the first scientist ever accorded this honor. Sir Isaac Newton famously said: "If I have seen further than most men, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

TOMB OF ISAAC NEWTON IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY

TOMB OF ISAAC NEWTON IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY

ISAAC NEWTON DEATH MASK

ISAAC NEWTON DEATH MASK

No Here One Gets out Alive

Sir Isaac Newton also loved alchemy—he produced 650,000 words on his thoughts about it. Newton, a deeply religious man, loved theology even more—he wrote 1,300,000 words about it. Notably, though he was a devout Christian, Newton rejected the Trinity.

Despite being a sickly child and never exercising as an adult, Newton lived a long life in good health. He looked startlingly young at 80 years old. His hair was white, but it was remarkably thick for a man his age. And he did not require glasses.

Newton died in his sleep and was buried in Westminster Abbey. His body was found to be infested with mercury.

On his burial monument these words appear:

"Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race!"

SOURCES

My primary sources for this article are: Isaac Newton, The Greatest Scientist of All Time by Margaret J. Anderson; and The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin; Great Tales from English History by Robert Lacey


Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 29, 2012:

like a bosh!— Thank you! Thank you very much. :-)

like a bosh! on December 27, 2012:

Hub is epic!!! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 24, 2012:

fool— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 16, 2012:

rahul0324— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I look forward to reading many of your Hubs in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read my article on Sir Isaac Newton!

Your comments are awesome! You encapsulated the man in just a few words brilliantly. You should have written this Hub. :D

I had never heard that story that Newton, as a boy, "pricked his own eye with a needle just to note the consequences"

As you said so well, "Calculus developed by Newton is the most important tool in the Mathematical and Scientific world." And you keenly observed, "Newtons contribution to optics still holds importance . . . "

I very much appreciate you sharing this Hub. I am grateful to you as well for the voted up.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 14, 2012:

jainismus- You are quite welcome, my friend. I appreciate the voted up and the share. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on February 12, 2012:

Awesome hub! Newton is an era himself! I would like to point out here that the physics we study in schools and higher secondary intermediate studies is Newtonian; The only branch taught in the present times is Einsteinian;Calculus developed by Newton is the most important tool in the Mathematical and Scientific world being the base for most solutions and verifications of science and math.

Newton as a child was curious. There are stories that he pricked his own eye with a needle just to note the consequences and even tried to light his house on fire!

Newtons contribution to optics still holds importance as it is in wide use in optometry all around the globe.

In a nutshell, The Discoverer of the force of attraction is himself an undying central force whos fundas control the levers and pulleys of the modern day society.

Nice hub! voted up and shared!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on February 11, 2012:

James A Watkins,

Thank you for sharing the information with rare images on this great scientist. Voted up and shared.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 11, 2012:

adriana sanchez- Thank you for reading my article. I appreciate the excellent question.

Sir Isaac Newton became the top student after being bullied by a classmate.

adriana sanchez on February 10, 2012:

good job but answer me this .......what event in school made sir isaac newton a good student??

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 31, 2012:

Ananymous— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D

Ananymous on January 30, 2012:

Cool

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 29, 2012:

jainismus— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on January 28, 2012:

Great Hub on the great scientist

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2012:

l uke lacon— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

l uke lacon on January 28, 2012:

ths is amasing i have never seen some one so interesting

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 05, 2011:

platinumOwl4— I think most every young accomplished man had a tutor or tutors. It looks as if John Slade was infuential in the life of Sir Isaac Newton as one of his tutors.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub. I appreciate your excellent comments and I am grateful that you visited. It is good to "see" you again. :)

platinumOwl4 on December 04, 2011:

James A Watkins, Spectacular hub, I would like to know if he had a tutor or was he self-taught. I discovered that Thomas Jefferson had a Mentor, how he came to differ from his mentor is mind altering. His mentor believed that "blacks could excel as everyone else give the same opportunity" This could be why he is not often quoted.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 03, 2011:

ISSAC DARA— You are welcome. Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your remarks and I am glad you are back.

ISSAC DARA on December 02, 2011:

thanks james for publishing me. In the worldwide . I'AM BACK. Still there r many inventions to be done.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2011:

molometer— Sir Isaac Newton is surely a worthy hero. Thank you for reading my work here. I appreciate the compliments. Welcome to the HubPages Community!!

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 25, 2011:

Newton's habit's seem very similar to mine since I discovered hubpages! Great article James.

Newton is one of my hero's. Up

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 07, 2011:

Spirit Whisperer— Ah yes. That does seem more precise. I made the reparation. Thank you for the help. And you are quite welcome.

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on July 06, 2011:

If you wish to be ultra precise:

"the square of the distance between their centres."

Your are a gracious man. Thank you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 06, 2011:

Spirit Whisperer— You are welcome. I greatly appreciate the correction, which I have made. Physics is not my strong suite, if I even have one.

I agree with your insightful analysis of Sir Isaac Newton. I am glad you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading it and sharing your thoughts about it with me.

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on July 04, 2011:

This is a very interesting account of a great man and you have succeeded in brining him back to life in this hub. If they found so much mercury in his body after he died he can't have been all that healthy and must have suffered greatly.

I would also suggest you add the words I have placed in parenthesis to the following:

"Isaac Newton wrote that all bodies are subject to gravity, in proportion to their masses and the (square of the) distance between them, and that this ties the planetary system together."

Thank you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 23, 2011:

platinumOwl4— Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my articles. I very much appreciate your compliments. I totally agree with you that children often have potentials we have not dreamed of and so, let us nourish them and love them and help them become all they can be.

God Bless You!

James

platinumOwl4 on June 21, 2011:

Hello James A Watkins,

The Newton story goes to show, you can't imagine what a child may become at birth, so treat them well. Yes, James this is another great article.

Have a good one

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 05, 2011:

Ben Zoltak— Your email hurt my feelings and dampered my spirit. I had to take a couple days off the computer to refresh my enthusiasm.

I appreciate your comments here, though. Thank you for your kind words.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on February 04, 2011:

I love the Saint Paul quote and your observation of it James. Sounds kind of corny to say I know, but I'll hold those words close to my heart.

"But you've got to love him. No earthly person receives the full revelation of God. We only see through the glass darkly, as St Paul said."

Awesome.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2011:

Ben Zoltak— Thank you, kind sir. Synchronicity indeed. It is true that Sir Isaac Newton hid his skepticism of the Trinity from the publick. And he also dabbled in the occult, magic, and was an alchemist. But you've got to love him. No earthly person receives the full revelation of God. We only see through the glass darkly, as St Paul said.

Thank you Ben for your warm words. I appreciate your candor and your insights.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on January 27, 2011:

Well done piece on Newton, I had no idea he was born the same year Galileo died, purposeful synchronicity it would seem. I enjoyed your glorification of Newton's religious beliefs, but was surprised you left out the part about how he had to hide much of his work for fear of persecution from zealots. That's how I learned it anyway, am I wrong?

I believe Sir Isaac walked with the Great Spirit, perhaps a bit to closely as you alluded to with his eccentricities!

Interesting research on Sir Isaac Newton, well done.

Ben

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 27, 2011:

HealthScienceGuy— I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate the visit. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

HealthScienceGuy from Portland on January 26, 2011:

Enjoyed your article. I always enjoy learning about the great thinkers that walked the earth.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 14, 2011:

kjaFChdasFC— Thank you for your illuminating comments.

kjaFChdasFC on January 13, 2011:

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James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 14, 2010:

vocalcoach— You are most welcome. Your laudatory remarks have made the work worthwhile all by themselves. Thank you so much! You made my evening bright. :D

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 13, 2010:

Riveting! Loved every single word. I had no idea, that this amazing genius had such a difficult life in his youth. Simply brilliant. An excellent history lesson. Saving this one. Thank you for bringing me such enlightening information.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 11, 2010:

jaggedfrost— It is a fine line indeed. My works are politically incorrect, and somewhat off the beaten path. I only seek a cult following that really gets what I do. But I hope it is an enormous cult. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 10, 2010:

Allan McGregor— Thank you for checking out my work, Brother. I'll be coming over to visit your Hubs this weekend.

I would pay to see that debate!! Thank you for your gracious laudations. I'm feeling pretty good right about now. :)

Jaggedfrost on November 10, 2010:

if brilliant you think me I pale to you... who in your writing stay evergreen... but I cannot repine the truth... that I have no desire to write for things people read in passing and might be of a mind to put in a paper on this or that... I enjoy the obscurity of my work though wish it spoke to a wider group... I am not sure I could have both and still keep the integrity of my work intact.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 10, 2010:

Jaggedfrost— I very much enjoyed reading your poetic words here. Thank you for writing to me. I look forward to reading some of your work soon. I believe I found you through a brilliant comment you left on someone's Hub I was reading.

Allan McGregor from South Lanarkshire on November 10, 2010:

Tremendous.

What else can I say?

And I would like to hear old Zak debate with Steven Hawking and Richard Dwakins today on the reality of God.

The difference between them is that Isaac Newton considered the evidence and arrived at a conclusion, whereas the other two gentlemen bring their conclusions to the table with them in order to inform them as to how to interpret the evidence.

Jaggedfrost on November 09, 2010:

How you found me... I know not but in not knowing find curiosity in my best interest... words of the noble Isaac... not a few you have written here and to his nature faithful were you. It was an excellent article.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 27, 2010:

ama83— You are welcome. The story is that Newton was an underachiever until one year when he was incessantly bullied by another kid. He said that this motivated him to be the best in his class. Sort of like the revenge of accomplishment. :-)

Thank you for reading and commenting.

ama83 from San Jose, CA on October 26, 2010:

I think it is interesting that Isaac Newton became so accomplished even though he was cast aside from his parents as if he was worthless. I wonder if it was that kind of mistreatment that made him want to succeed so strongly. Why else would he study harder after getting picked on in school? :)

Thanks for the history lesson!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2010:

tonymac04— You are right about the tides, Tony. I didn't write that well. I have edited it now. Thank you for catching that for me.

You are most welcome, friend. I appreciate your warm words. Love and Peace back to you!

James

Tony McGregor from South Africa on October 26, 2010:

Great Hub, James. Thanks for all the info about a great scientist. I have long been fascinated by his holding onto both science and astrology/alchemy. I think that he was not quite the first to link the tides to the orbiting of the moon - Kepler had already made that link, which Galileo thought a lot of nonsense!

Thanks again

Love and peace

Tony

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

Nell Rose— I think you are right that all the scientists of his day did start out as alchemists. And were trying to turn ordinary metal into gold. You know what they say about the mad scientist! Maybe the mercury contributed to Newton's longetivity. I hadn't thought about that angle. hmmm . . .

Thank you for visiting, Nell. You know I appreciate the high rating and your kind regards.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

no body— You are most welcome, Bob. Thank you ever much for the love and recognition. It feels good to be loved. I love you, too, brother.

James

Nell Rose from England on October 25, 2010:

Hi, this was fascinating, I couldn't help but think of the similarities between him and Einstein when you said that he never slept properly or dressed accordingly, Einstein was the same! it must have been because they were so intelligent that they didn't have time or the inclination for doing normal things, and fancy having all that mercury in his body! it must have preserved him! lol I remember reading somewhere that nearly all the scientists of the time all started out by wanting to be alchemists and turning base metal into gold, because of this we have some of our greatest discoveries and inventions! great hub and rated up! cheers nell

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

Cathi Sutton— You are quite welcome! I also love history. Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate you! :-)

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on October 25, 2010:

I don't know how you do it Jim. You make history sound like 20/20 or some program on TV. Thank you for your dedication to continuing our education. Love you brother. bob

Cathi Sutton on October 25, 2010:

I love history, and you always have great historical accounts, and lots of information! Thanks for being who you are!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

cristina327— How wonderful to see you here, my dear! I surely agree with your assessment of Sir Isaac Newton. Well said!

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub. And you are welcome. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

SilentReed— Physics, or even Science for that matter, was never my strong suite or an area of particular interest to me. These men I find quite fascinating. Thank you for your fine and thoughtful complimentary comments. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

dealrocker— Hello! I am glad you enjoyed my Hubs. Thank you very much for saying so. :D

Cristina Santander from Manila on October 24, 2010:

Another excellent hub indeed from you James A. Watkins. Isaac Newton is one of the greatest minds who lived on earth. His contributions to Science and Mathematics serve as foundations for further development of Mathematics. Thank you for sharing this well-written account on Isaac Newton. Blessings to you.

SilentReed from Philippines on October 24, 2010:

In school Physics was not one of my stronger nor favorite subject. Newton was always associated with boring classes. I wonder if our teacher had inspired and instilled a sense of curiosity the way your story has, perhaps it would have made one schoolboy's viewpoint of Physics differently.

dealrocker from California on October 23, 2010:

Hi James! Your hubs always attract me. Enjoyed reading Issac Newton. Well done!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2010:

pcoach— Thank you! Thank you very much. And you are welcome. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2010:

Dara! My friend! Hello and thanks for coming to see me. I am glad you enjoy my work. I hope you remember me when your art is on exhibit at MOMA. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2010:

DjBryle— You are welcome. I am flattered by your gracious compliments. Thank you very much for reading my Hub and leaving behind your warm words. I especially like this that you wrote:

". . . anyone can do great things no matter how unsuccessful or how lesser they may seem at the moment"

Excellent observation!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2010:

Daniel V.— You are welcome. Thank you for the fine compliments. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am glad you came by to visit and read my work.

pcoach on October 22, 2010:

Teach on brother! What a fascinating man. You really rather brought him to life for me. Thank you again for your wonderful work.

dara on October 22, 2010:

What an amazing human being this man Newton was.

You are amazingly prolific these days and, your Hubs have been wonderful to read...so many great facts.

Thank you.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on October 22, 2010:

Hey, I have read so much about Newton but none of them was presented the way you did with this hub! You had so many interesting details that I haven't heard before.Aside from that, we learn to realize that anyone can do great things no matter how unsuccessful or how lesser they may seem at the moment. This is very inspiring! You never fail to fascinate me and keep me wanting to read more of your hubs, my friend! Thanks for sharing another awesome hub! =)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 22, 2010:

stars439— God Bless You, my brother. I cherish the times when you come to visit. What a good man you are.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 22, 2010:

HealthyHanna— You are most welcome. Thank you for the laudatory remarks. They make a man feel good! :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 22, 2010:

bayoulady— Peculiar but brilliant. Yes. He may have been a preemie. I hadn't thought of that, nor have I seen that mentioned in any history text. Good eye! Thank you ever much for your acute observations.

Daniel V. from Romania on October 22, 2010:

Hi James, great hub you wrote here. This is not exactly the info you get when you search for someone with such a background, so thank you! Looking forward to read more from you. Cheers!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 21, 2010:

This was so good I will have to read it more than once. Great Hub. Fantastic photographs. GBY

HealthyHanna from Utah on October 21, 2010:

As always, a great Hub. I love the way you condense History. Thanks.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 21, 2010:

James, I found this spellbinding from begiining to end. So many little known facts, I suspect. I have never heard about Newton's birth size. It indicates that he was a preemie,in my opinion. He was indeed a peculiar but brilliant man.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 21, 2010:

Alexander Mark— Hello, my aviation friend! Newton: a hermit who craved attention. That is ironically funny, isn't it?

Thank you for coming by to visit. I sincerely appreciate your warm words, and you are most welcome.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on October 21, 2010:

Augh! I want more! What caught my interest was that he was a hermit who craved attention, an antisocial who was deeply respected by his peers.

Love your angle as always (as opposed to the old, "apple on the head," story), can't add much to this hub but, thank you again for the history lesson.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 20, 2010:

Ictodd1947— Yes, it often does. Thank you. And you are welcome.

It is my pleasure to be of service, and it is a pleasure to hear from you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 20, 2010:

Robert— Hello, my old friend!! I have long harbored a desire to be a teacher. I suppose I'd have to graduate from high school first. :)

You had me going with "Warp Drive." Thanks for the affirmation.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 20, 2010:

singlmomat52— He truly was that! I agree with you about filling his shoes. We have a lot of disctractions these days. Thank you for your fine compliments. And you are welcome.

Linda Todd from Charleston on October 19, 2010:

This goes to show us that dynamite comes in very small packages. As always this is superb writing. I am glad you are with us more. Thank you for sharing this with us so that we are more knowledgable in history matters. Us, women that is......

Robert on October 19, 2010:

James,

You my friend should have been a teacher. Your enthusiasm for learning and seeking would have inspired many a generation. Always been a big fan of Newton, he created warp drive, right? Great Hub!!

singlmomat52 on October 19, 2010:

The epitome of a true workaholic!! I don't think that many could fill his shoes in this day and time!! Fantastic hub!!

Thank You!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

drpastorcarlotta— School is in session! :-)

Thank you for voting this useful. Always good to hear from you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

gusripper— You are welcome. Thank you! Thank you very much. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

Fullerman5000— You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

CASE1WORKER— I was not aware of this. Thank you for providing this intriguing information. Interesting!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

2besure— Brilliant insights! Thank you for your keen comments. I surely agree with you. I appreciate the vote up! :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

CMerritt— I am well pleased that your son liked it. Thank you for writing to me. I appreciate your affirmation. And you are welcome. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

Hello, hello,— You are welcome. Thank you for visiting and for your kind compliments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2010:

tinmarie9884— You are welcome. Thank you for reading my Hub. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on October 18, 2010:

I must say, your Hubs are so informational, it's like going to school! I like! I voted this hub useful!!!

gusripper on October 18, 2010:

As you already wrote T H E M A N.No comment.Thanks Master.

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on October 18, 2010:

Great hub as always James. I enjoyed and learned a bit of new information. Thanks

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on October 18, 2010:

I have been told that Newton was dyslexic which would account for his slow early scholastic progress. Had you come across this descriptor?

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 18, 2010:

What struck me at this hub, is you can not determine what a person will become from wher they began. We have many throw away people in out society that are capable of great things, if given an opportunity. Very informative! voted up

Chris Merritt from Pendleton, Indiana on October 18, 2010:

James, I forgot how much Isaac Newton ROCKS!! Sure I studied him in the 8th grade, and everytime an apple drops out of one of my apple trees, I think of his genius...and I am a hugh fan of his fig treats...Seriously, I really enjoy these quick little tidbits of history that you share with us. I shared this one with my 10-year old son, and he thought it was very cool.

THANKS!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 18, 2010:

lone77star— You are welcome. Thank you for your gracious compliments. A giant among giants. Good one!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 18, 2010:

always exploring— You are surely welcome, dear. Thank you for reading my Hub. I enjoyed reading your remarks. Love and peace to you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 18, 2010:

quicksand— Good to hear from you, my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you and you are welcome.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 18, 2010:

Gerry Hiles— Thank you, Gerry. I know you are a man of high intellect so your approval is gratifying for me. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 18, 2010:

nifty@50— Great to see you here, my friend! Yes, that Newton fella had remarkable foresight. Thank you for reading my work and for your gracious compliments. :)

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