Isaac Newton

  • Isaac Newton: magic man

    A world-famous scientist with a passion for alchemy.

    In Michael Hart’s 1978 book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, renowned scientist Issac N...

    Physics December 19, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: What is gravity?

    From Newton to Einstein, how has our understanding of gravity changed over the centuries?

    We barely think about it, but gravity defines how we interact with our world. We grow up within its constraints, and ...

    Core Sciences September 3, 2021
  • Newton’s masterwork is still going strong

    Science detectives find new old copies of the Principia.

    How many first-edition copies of Isaac Newton's ground-breaking book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica are...

    Culture November 12, 2020
  • History

    Robert Hooke, a man for the times

    An underrated overachiever in the world of science.

    Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that.Hooke was born in England, ...

    Core Sciences October 30, 2020
  • Mathematician and feminist

    The anniversary of the birth of Émilie du Châtelet.

    Tomorrow, 17 December, is the anniversary of the birth of French mathematician Émilie du Châtelet, whose translation ...

    Mathematics December 15, 2016
  • Equations that changed the course of history

    Pivotal points in human innovation advance.

    Physics equations are forms of magic. They allow us to explain the past, such as why Halley’s comet visits every 76 y...

    Physics May 3, 2016
  • Why is the sky blue?

    It’s a question that only leads to more questions.

    Why is the sky blue? It is a question that, in true Sumner Miller fashion, leads to many more: What is light? What is...

    Earth Sciences August 12, 2013
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