Isaac Newton is a name that will forever remain relevant in the realm of physics and science. Born on the 25th of December, 1642, Isaac Newton has a revered place in history as a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, author, and alchemist, with many touting him as the greatest mathematician and physicist of all time.
He is undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of all time and also played a key role in the Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical revolution during the 17th and 18yh centuries. In this article, we will go over a few facts about Isaac Newton’s life that you should know.
Newton was Born Prematurely
There always seems to be a remarkable event in the early lives of geniuses and Isaac Newton was no different as he had a troubled childhood that started with him being born prematurely. It has been said that Isaac Newton was so small as an infant that he could fit into a quartz size mug. Just three months before his birth, his father Isaac Newton passed away, and thereafter, the younger Newton was named in honor of his father.
Newton Had A Troubled Relationship With His Mother
When Isaac Newton was just three years old, his mother, Hannah Ayscough left him with her own mother to go live with her new husband. So, Isaac Newton grew up with his maternal grandmother and as a result, had resentments towards his mother and his stepfather, Reverend Barnabas Smith who had subsequently had three children of their own. Their relationship soured to the point that Newton once even threatened to burn down a house while Hannah and the Reverend were still inside. The mathematician would even document his resentment for the couple in his personal journal.
Newton’s Mother Wanted Him to Be A Farmer
Can you imagine one of the most brilliant minds in human history being a 17th-century countryman? Well, that was almost the case with Isaac Newton since his mother wanted him to become a farmer. Fortunately for the world, he did not take well to the rural lifestyle and so, his mother allowed him to pursue his academic dreams.
Newton was Bullied at School
According to the several reports, Newton was bullied at school because of his quiet and shy nature. To exact his revenge, Newton decided to focus on his schoolwork to be better than his bullies. Between the ages of twelve and seventeen, he studied at King’s School, Grantham, which is still in operation today. Suffices to say, he achieved his goal of achieving more than his bullies by being one of the most important people in England during his era, and later on, in human history.