Eccentric Issac Newton

Newton on how he made his discoveries:
“I keep the subject constantly before me and wait until the first dawnings open little by little into the full light.”

Newton was Lucasian prof of math at Cambridge. It was not obvious to
his students that he would become the greatest scientist in history.

His students wrote:
“… So few went to hear him, and fewer yet understood him, that
oftimes he did in a manner, for want of Hearers, read to ye Walls. ”

“He always kept close to his studies, very rarely went a visiting, &
had as few visitors… I never knew him take any Recreation or
Pastime, either in Riding out to take ye Air, Walking, Bowling, or any
other Exercise whatever, thinking all Hours lost, that was not spent
in his studies… He very rarely went to Dine in ye Hall…& then, if
He has not been minded, would go very carelessly, with shoes down
heels, stockings untied, surplice on, & his head scarcely combed. ”

The genius of Newton was only discovered in 1684, when Dr. Edmund
Halley went to see him : “… Halley asked Newton what he thought the
curve would be subscribed by the planets supposing the force of
attraction towards the Sun to be reciprocal to the square of their
distance from it. Newton replied immediately that it would be an
ellipsis. Halley struck with joy and amazement asked him how he knew
it, why saith he I have calculated it…”

3 years later after the meeting with Halley, Newton published his Principia.

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