One Christmas birthday that caught my eye was Sir Issac Newton, born December 25, 1642. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest scientists in history. (His wikipedia) He basically discovered the law of motion, the law of optics and then “invented”calculus. All before turning 26.
I can’t fully summarize all that he did in a blog, but a few additional contributions to science included building the first practical reflecting telescope, and developing a theory of colors.
Albert Einstein looked to him as his great inspiration and kept a picture of him in his study. As a kid in school, I heard his name because the story goes that young Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head, causing him to “discover” the law of gravity.
A good story, but probably more folklore than reality; like Washington cutting down the cherry tree.
I have always been fascinated by Newton because he is a great response to those who would argue that belief in God is an absence of an understanding of Science. When I saw his birthday listed, it caused me to read a bit about him.
Some of his quotes include:
The most beautiful system of the sun, plantets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.
I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.
Newton was an amazing man! And a Christmas birthday in history.