Isaac Newton worked as a waiter! See 9 more amazing facts about this great scientist!
Isaac Newton is considered as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. But at his time, he was known for many more things, including a very bizarre behavior. Read ten fascinating facts about incredibleIsaac Newton!
1. Newton was a great sinner
Or so believes. When he was 19 years old, he compiled a list of 48 sins he committed.
2. He stucked a needle into the eye socket-purposely
In Newton’s time little was known about the properties of light. In fact, people did not know whether some products light or it just collects. James Gleick, the author of Newton’s biography, mention one detail: Newton went into a detailed study of optics – so he was his own guinea pig. At one point, he stucked a needle in his eye so he could write about light reaction. That’s what Newton wrote in his diary himself.
3. Had two nervous breakdown.
It is believed that Newton suffered 2 nervous breakdown. Newton explained that it was due to lack of sleep, although historians offer a completely different reason: the possible toxicity of chemical substances from the experiments is carried out as well as the accumulated effect of chronic depression from which he suffered.
4. He was born prematurely, his parents were uneducated
Newton was born three months premature, and was so small that he could literally fit into a larger bowl. His father was illiterate, and his mother barely could read. He went to the University only because his mother remarried, so it was a little money.
5. He worked as a waiter
As a student at Cambridge, Newton had to work at the inn – it was called “sizar” says Gleick, using the term that is used for students who receive financial aid for study and in turn perform any physical work. Newton was a waiter, and he was cleaning the rooms to other students.
6. He was lonely
Many have speculated that Newton suffered from mental illness (perhaps bipolar disorder) or even autism. This is difficult to verify, but one thing is clear-Newton was chronically lonely. “This can be seen from the period when he was young, when he was an old man, he was beating often, says the Gleick.
7. He escaped the great plague
When the great plague broke out in Cambridge in 1665, Newton and his colleagues were sent home to avoid an epidemic. During this period Newton invented a primitive calculator.
8. He was engaged in alchemy
Although celebrated as a serious scientist, Newton had a hand in alchemy – pseudo-science whose goal is converting metals into gold.
9. Didn’t invent his theory after seeing an apple that fell to the ground
“Most people think that it is an apple fell on his head, but it’t not truth. What is true is that Newton realized that some invisible force caused the fall of an apple, but it is also influenced by the movement of the moon,” says Gleick.
10. He died as a virgin
Newton never married, and although it is impossible to verify this information, it is believed that he never have had sex with.
H/T: Huffington Post