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Isaac Newton


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Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1727 [NS: 4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727]) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived. His monograph Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, laid the foundations for most of ... more »

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  • I frame no hypotheses; for whatever is not deduced from the phenomena is to be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, whether of occult qualities or mechanical, have no...
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British physicist, mathematician, universal genius. Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675. A famous bon mot strangely...
  • ''If I have seen further [than certain other men] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.''
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British physicist, mathematician, universal genius. Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675. With reference to his depe...
  • I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all u...
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British mathematician, physicist. Memoirs of Newton, vol. 2, ch. 27, ed. David Brewster (1855).
  • I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier sh...
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British physicist, mathematician, universal genius. Memoirs of Newton, v. II, ch. 27, ed. Brewster (1855). Perhaps the m...
  • No being exists or can exist which is not related to space in some way. God is everywhere, created minds are somewhere, and body is in the space that it occupies; and whatever is neither everywhere no...
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British scientist. Opticks, query 31, p. 403, New York, Dover (1952).
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