August 15, 2015


A weekly column featuring random wisdom gems, fun facts and school lessons re-discovered. Today: What did Isaac Newton do after he wrote the principa?

After writing his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which was published in 1687, Isaac Newton seemed to lose his interest in physics. Instead he went on to write interpretations of the bible and dabbled a little bit in Alchemy.
In 1867 he moved to London to work for the Royal Mint. Originally he worked as a warden until he took the post as Master of the Mint in 1699 and remained in this administrative role for the next 30 years. Apart from his book on opticks in 1704, he never published another scientific paper.

Other gems I discovered this week:

Tree house, dome tent or farm hut? Find your glamping style.
In case you ever wondered why the blinds have to be open during start and landing.
A ladder to the sky.

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