15 Interesting and Weird Facts About Sir Isaac Newton

11. Newton’s dog had set his laboratory on fire thus ruining years of research

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“O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done,” is what Newton exclaimed to his dog when he ruined the research because of a fire. However, scientists are of the opinion that Newton never really owned a dog, and he hypothesized the whole situation, in which he left an unattended candle which was knocked over by the wind, thus ruining years of his research.

12. Newton had a rival

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Isaac Newton Inventions were famous globally, and therefore the man had many rivals as well. His arch rival was Robert Hooke, who himself was a great scientist. According to Hooke, it was him who discovered gravity and Newton stole his study. This animosity lasted much after Hooke’s death. It is said that Newton destroyed all of Hooke’s portraits as well. Newton was a loner but did have a few high brow friends.

13. He has the most valuable tooth

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Isaac Newton Inventions are so famous all across the globe, that the scientist’s tooth was auctioned. Yes, back in the year 1816, Newton’s tooth was auctioned for $3,600, which by the current standards would amount to $35,000, which makes it the most expensive tooth in the world. Newton’s tooth is also registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for being so expensive.

14. His eccentric behavior

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Well, most great people are a little eccentric in demeanor and Newton was no different. He was a loner and spent most of his life alone; he never got married or had kids to keep him company. He also did not have a lot of friends, that is why later in life he became very agitated; plus, he was secretive and all these things combined had a negative effect on his mental health. He faced two nervous breakdowns in his life, in 1678 and 1693 respectively. Newton held lack of sleep responsible for the first attack, but after his second attack he stopped his researches.

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15. He is the most respected scientist

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He died on the 20th of March 1727 when he was 84 years of age. He was laid at the Westminster Abbey, and was the first scientist to be so honored.

Sir Isaac Newton was a great man, who’s hunger for knowing and learning more never quenched. He gave the world the law of gravitational forces, which opened vistas of explanations of inter-planetary movement. “To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me,” explains that he indeed had an unsalvageable want to research and find out answers of worldly phenomenon scientifically.