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Isaac Newton
(1642-1727) born on
Dec 25
English mathematician, philosopher. He was first to describe the laws of motion and universal gravitation; also invented the reflecting telescope, 1668.
         
   
F
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

R
I shall not mingle conjectures with certainties.
A
The seed of a tree has the nature of a branch or twig or bud. It is a part of the tree, but if separated and set in the earth to be better nourished, the embryo or young tree contained in it takes root and grows into a new tree.
N
It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.
K
If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than any other talent.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Memoirs of Newton, vol. 2, ch. 27 (ed. by David Brewster, 1855).
R: In "The Correspondence of Isaac Newton," ed. by H. W. Turnbull and J. F. Scott, 1959-1974.
A: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
N: In "The Correspondence of Isaac Newton," ed. by H. W. Turnbull and J. F. Scott, 1959-1974.
K: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
   


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