A birth to celebrate on December 25 4

December 25 is a date that should be celebrated as the birthday of one of the greatest men who ever lived.  

Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642. He died on March 20, 1727.

The date of his birthday changed to January 4, 1643, when England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, twenty-five years after Newton’s death.

As he celebrated his birthday on December 25, we do too.

The arms of Sir Isaac Newton

Posted under History, Science by Jillian Becker on Friday, December 21, 2012

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  • Thanks for this post Jillian. Newton is certainly one of the gods in my personal pantheon. I really like Tyson, he is both a brilliant Astro physicist, and also a brilliant communicator who makes difficult concepts easier for the lay person to grasp. I highly recommend “Death by black hole – and other cosmic quandries” by Neil De grasse Tyson.
    Time to celebrate the lives and contributions of brilliant individuals who actually existed and contributed to human knowledge, rather than the fictitious constructs of early cults, and the catholic church

  • Andrew M

    Another Neil deGrasse Tyson video on Isaac Newton:

    This is the one famous for launching that infamous meme.

  • Frank

    Here’s a Neil deGrasse Tyson video where he talks about Newton.

  • liz

    As Neil Tyson points out, anyone who can invent calculus in his spare time has got to be an awesome genius!