3. Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)– English scientist, physicist and mathematician, Knight, President of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, Member of Parliament whose phenomenal discoveries caused the scientific revolution and will always amaze and shock everyone.
“Sir Isaac Newton” – mixed-media on canvas
Artist: Irina Gorelkina
Doll’s height : 30 cm
Material: sculpted wax, fabric, wire
Canvas size: 20” x 26”
As a physicist and mathematician he
created the foundation of classical mechanics;
made a numerous contributions to the optics;
invented the reflecting telescope;
invented infinitesimal calculus (independently of German mathematician Leibniz)
discovered the laws of motion;
discovered universal gravitation;
advanced Kepler’s laws of planetary motions using his (Newton’s) mathematical explanation of gravity.
Sir Isaac Newton – English alchemist and theologian.
In 1942 (215 years after Newton’s death) British economist John Maynard Keynes purchased unknown Newton’s documents. Studying them allowed Keynes to make an incredible conclusion –
“Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians”. Actually Newton was both.
As an alchemist
he endlessly experimented in order to find the philosophical stone.
As a theologian
he studied the biblical text and biblical chronology, trying to discover some new tips or explanations.
He devoted most of his time to this and he continued to do so for years and years. He did it secretly, with the constant risk to his life.
Newton did not discover the philosophical stone.
Newton did not find in theology what he wanted to find – religious confirmations of his scientific discoveries, the key to the immortal life, the components of the philosophical stone. But he demonstrated through his failures the difference between materialistic and non-materialistic approaches and solutions to nature’s mysteries.
All people are equal in Mother-Nature’s eyes. All people look at the same objects and are being offered the same clues by her, like the falling apple for example or a light ray shining through the curtain’s hole. But only one person can truly see them and find a way to the deepest understanding of the great secrets and laws of Nature. Issac Newton was that person.
According to different accounts Newton mentioned the episode with the apple four times all of them when he was an old man. Why?
Some modern scholars refuse to accept the apple as the object of Newton’s greatest inspiration. Others have no doubts about the apple.
Who knows, maybe the old wise Newton just dreamed up this story being sure that this simple and understandable example can very easily explain not only his revolutionary scientific idea to the ordinary people but also show them how this brilliant idea came into his mind. If it was so then the story with the apple was yet another one of Newton’s incredible creations.
© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA