Newton’s Apple: The Real Story

For generations, students in science classes all over the world have learned the story of the discovery of gravity. While sitting under an apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton was bopped on the head with a falling apple, and at that very moment he understood why what goes up must come down.

Now, to mark the 350th anniversary of England’s Royal Society, the original account of this event , from  William Stukely’s 1752 biography of Newton, has been published on line for the first time. Link to access the manuscript.

photo courtesy of Hans Wolff

This tree is supposed to be the very one that figures in the discovery of the law of gravity. It’s located at the front of Trinity College, Cambridge.


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