The first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica was sold for $3.7 million at Christie’s on Wednesday, becoming the most expensive printed science book ever sold at auction—[insert joke about outrageous college textbook prices]. Albert Einstein described Newton’s seminal 1687 work as “perhaps the greatest…
The 17th century manuscript, which was handwritten by Isaac Newton, describes a procedure for making mercury—a substance that alchemists thought could turn lead into gold.
Isaac Newton assured his place in scientific history by shaping our understanding of gravity. But even geniuses have bills to pay. And for quite some time, this was how Newton paid his.
Animator Kevin Orzel offers a rapid-fire, adorably-animated look at the life and times of Isaac Newton, whom "you may know from every science book you've ever read." (Spoiler alert: Newton was a genius.)
Fiber artist Mana Morimoto adds colorful embroidery to a diverse range of media, including sculptures and concert tickets. This augmented etching of Isaac Newton (hit the jump for the full image) is one of our favorites. See more of Morimoto's work on Tumblr and Cargo Collective, or purchase prints on Society 6.
Because all historical figures should get some sort of rock-and-roll, sexified story or else Hollywood isn’t doing its job, David S. Goyer, the man behind Da Vinci’s Demons is producing an Isaac Newton biopic.
Isaac Newton reached the level of genius in two different disciplines: physics and making people miserable. This is a tale of his accomplishments in the latter discipline. The object of his scorn, this time, is a poor astronomer named John Flamsteed,who made the mistake of not being agreeable enough.
Newton wasn't the only person with ideas about gravity. People from all over had their pet theories, including René Descartes, who had the home town advantage in France. That is, until an intellectual lush decided to change that.
This chart takes the milestones of the average American life — everything from becoming eligible for a driver's license to getting (and leaving) a first job — and plots them all out into weeks.
These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the universe. In the early centuries of astronomy, however, our visions of the cosmos often took the shape of diagrams—representing what we believed about our solar system.
The minds behind the Hard Science YouTube channel have given us a crash course in the exciting world of non-Newtonian fluids in the most awesome way possible—by biking across a pool of cornstarch that is, at once, both solid and liquid.
Newton was even more ahead of his time than we imagined. Not only did he come up with the laws of motion, he also came up with the concept of sockpuppets centuries before the beginning of the internet.
A few weeks ago I wrote about famous science urban legends. I left one out, because I thought it was too obviously a myth to be worth putting on the list. Turns out, it actually happened.
If you've ever seen strange concentric ring patterns show up when two panes of glass are pushed together, you've seen Newton's rings. Most people see them as evidence of the wave nature of light. Newton, however, did not.
Isaac Newton accomplished some very important things in his life. He came up with a modern version of calculus (although not the modern notation). He described and explained a little thing called gravity. But he also is said to have invented a very useful thing for cats, in a very stupid way.
We know that the world isn't going to end on the 21st of December (or at least isn't more likely to end then than any other day), but it's always nice to remember that there's a firm precedent for the world not ending on schedule. It didn't end in 1844, when William Miller and Samuel S. Snow convinced the Millerites…
You may be familiar with Isaac Newton from such inventions as calculus and the law of universal gravitation. What you may not know is that he was also an avid "chymist," or alchemist. In fact, Newton actually wrote roughly a million words about alchemy and his experiments with it — as Indiana University science…
Robert Hooke discovered the cell, established experimentation as crucial to scientific research, and did pioneering work in optics, gravitation, paleontology, architecture, and more. Yet history dismissed and forgot him... all because he pissed off Isaac Newton, probably the most revered scientist who ever lived.
When Isaac Newton was first developing the mathematical theories that would later form the foundations of Calculus, many of his drawings, equations and calculations found their way into an unassuming notebook (known at the time as a "waste book"), the original cover of which is pictured on the far left of the image up…
Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's a sneak peek at the next issue of writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Dustin Weaver's gonzo secret society miniseries S.H.I.E.L.D. The fourth issue of this miniseries delves deeper into the history of the Marvel Universe and sees real-life historical figures wielding bad attitudes and…