Working from home during an epidemic, Sir Isaac Newton had discovered gravity

The Hush Post | 6:52 pm | One-minute read |

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the globe, some fascinating related to epidemics too are emerging.  Interestingly, Sir Isaac Newton had made one of his biggest discoveries, including gravity, when an epidemic had devastated England.

It was from 1665 to 1666 that the Great Plague had hit London. Sir Isaac Newton too had witnessed a serious illness during this period. The great mathematician, physicist and an astronomer was in his early 20s during that time.

According to a news article in Washington Post, authorities adopted practices very similar to the ones being taken up now to tackle the coronavirus COVID-19. One of them was social isolation or distancing.

Newton studied in Trinity College, Cambridge which sent its students back home to continue their studies. Accordingly, Newton went back to his home, Woolsthorpe Manor.

While he stayed away from college for a period of a year, Newton wrote the papers that went on to become early calculus and also sprung his theories on optics.

It is also reported that this was the time when he propounded the theories of gravity and motion.

The report mentions Newton’s assistant, John Conduitt who said that it was while he was thinking in his garden that he had the thought that the power of gravity must not be limited to a certain distance from earth but must extend as high as the moon.

In April 1667, Newton would return to Cambridge and in October would be elected as a fellow of Trinity.


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