EXCERPTS FROM GIANTS OF SCIENCE, ISAAC NEWTON

“Later in life he said that discovery was the offspring of silence and meditation”….  pg.19

“….for Newton, every idea, even a brilliant one was a process. When asked later in life how he went about solving a problem, he said, by thinking on it continually, he went on to elaborate . I keep the subject constantly before me, and wait until the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little,into a full clear light”..pg.48

“He was a man who was paranoid about divulging his own work and a man who  begrudged and sabotaged the work of others”….pg.77

” … law of inertia, an object that isn’t moving wont move unless an outside force puts it in motion.And once in motion the object will keep on moving in a straight path unless another force changes it”……pg.81

“… the amount of force needed to move an object is determined by the mass of the object and also the amount that its speed changes while moving” pg.81

“…every action has an equal and opposite reaction”….pg.81

“To explain nature is too difficult a task for any one man, or even any one age. Tis much better to do a little with certainty and leave the rest for others that come after you,than to explain all things.”pg..84

“A witness reported that Newtons usually melancholy and thoughtful face would turn lightsome and cheerful during talk of religion as if he was transported”. pg.100

“Let mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race.” pg.109

“Indeed Einstein called Newton the greatest genius of all time .Einstein wrote Nature to him was an open book, whose letters he could read without effort….He stands before us strong certain and alone”pg.114

“Newton himself summed up his accomplishments with uncharacteristic sweetness and light:” I dont know what i may appear to the world ;but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself  in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me”

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