1. Isaac Newton developed a sunlight phobia from staring at the sun.
  2. An apple didn't hit Isaac Newton in the head, but it did make him wonder if the force that makes apples fall influences the moon's motion around Earth.
  3. A young Isaac Newton once threatened to burn his mother and stepfather alive.
  4. Newton invented/discovered calculus in about the same amount of time the average student learns it.
  5. Famous left-handed people include Napoleon, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein, Newton, Bill Gates, Oprah, Obama and Jimi Hendrix.
  6. Newton was secretly an Alchemist.
  7. Isaac Newton was a Member of Parliament for a year and said only one sentence: he asked a nearby usher to close an open window.
  8. Isaac Newton lost the equivalent of US$3 million in today's money on stock market in 1720.
  9. The Bible was Isaac Newton's greatest passion, writing more about religion than science and mathematics.
  10. Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica contained a simple calculation error that went unnoticed for 300 years.
  11. A sample of Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree was sent into space to 'defy gravity.'
  12. It is believed that Isaac Newton died a virgin.
  13. In 1666, Isaac Newton observed the Sun's light using a prism, and showed it is made up of light of many colors.
  14. In the 17th Century, 1 in every 10 British coins was forged. Isaac Newton oversaw a huge project to recall the old currency, and issue a more reliable one.
  15. Isaac Newton's last words were, "the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
  16. Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas morning. He was given little chance of survival.
  17. 39% of philosophers would say Newton "discovered" calculus while 37% would say he "invented" it. The rest have other ideas about it.
  18. When Cambridge University was closed because of the plague, Isaac Newton was forced to return home. This ended up as the most productive period of his life.
  19. The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica took Isaac Newton 2 years to write. It was the culmination of more than 20 years of thinking.
  20. Issac Newton invented the ridges along the edges of coins, still in use today, to prevent theft.
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