A Whole Newton World

“Newton, forgive me; you found the only way which, in your age, was just about possible for a man of highest thought and creative power.”

– Albert Einstein

Issac Newton is the most influential scientist to have ever walked the earth. His devotion to the cause of science is legendary; it stretches far beyond the realms of experiment, as he introduced a structured set of philosophical thinking. Newton’s ground-breaking vision propelled a world to welcome further mind-expanding discoveries and insinuated deeply intellectual thoughts. The remnants of his work are seen everywhere you go, buildings, cars, the coins you carry in your pocket, and so much more.

In the 17th century, a man in disguise took to the streets to expose counterfeiters who were essentially dismantling the economy of England by melting silver to sell to France, and distributing inauthentic pieces of currency. As the warden of the Royal Mint, Newton not only took matters into his own hands, but he recalled the entire circulation of coins and remade the financial system to make the coins much more difficult to copy. The milled edge of the U.S. quarter is a feature designed by Newton. As he spent hours and hours in his work space, which wound up to equal months of solitude at a time, his impact is so widespread, and nearly unquantifiable.  Space exploration began with Newton’s work on introducing the notion of gravity, mathematics was exponentially advanced with his development of Calculus , alchemy and the philosopher’s stone, the study of light refraction, mirror reflecting telescopes and more.

The enlightenment championed the individual spirit. Finally there was a widespread movement that challenged the fallacy that the mindset of religion presented. Book 3 Rule 1 in the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, “To this purpose the philosophers say that Nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity, and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes.” Religion was no longer the solution to the problems that humanity could not solve, allowing for the progression and extent of advancement of a society that we continue to experience to this day, however Newton did attempt to explain the significance of theology in his thorough studies. What separated Newton from the others, was his focus less on economic issues but still retained a strong sense of duty for the government.  Issac Newton did everything he could and more. He lived in a savage world that lacked the bright intellectualism.

Hypotheses non fingo (“I contrive no hypotheses”)

Issac Newton


-Thomas Pham


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