Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fig Newtonian

Ben McCartney, Boy Genius, Age 2
With Fig Newton, Apple and Awesome Circus Pants!
Thanks to Grim & Gram, Ben always had the coolest toddler clothes
from the trendiest kids' clothing stores in Southport, England!

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." ~ Newton
from the
Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton
by Sir David Brewster (1855 ~ Volume II ~ Chapter 27)

Newtonian Apple Tree
University of Wisconsin, Madison

"To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one person
or even for 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 by conjecture without making sure of any thing."
~ Newton
from the
unpublished notes for the Preface to Opticks ~ 1704
Quoted in Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton
by Richard S. Westfall (1983 ~ p 643)

For the Glastonbury Thorn believers among us,
the plaque reads:

"This tree is a direct descendant of the original tree
said to have borne the fruit that inspired
Sir Isaac Newton's Theory of Gravitational Forces.
. . . we hope the fruit of this descendant inspires others
to partake in scientific discovery."


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