1727: Isaac Newton Probably Died a Virgin

1727: Isaac Newton Probably Died a Virgin
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  • Historical event
  • 31 March 1727
  • One of the most influential scientists of all time - Sir Isaac Newton - never married, and there are theories that he remained a virgin for the rest of his life.

The famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton died on this day. His work was so important for the development of physics and mathematics that he can certainly be considered one of the most influential scientists of all time. 

Children learn about his discovery of gravity in school, which he supposedly conceived when he saw an apple fall from a tree.

Together with Leibniz, Newton was also the father of infinitesimal calculus. Newton’s contribution to the development of astronomy and telescopes is also unavoidable.

But, what is not well-known to people today is the fact that Newton, after all these discoveries in science, and in his middle age, started doing what he was most interested in – the study of Scripture.

He tried, among other things, to count the chronology of the Bible. For example, he apparently calculated that the end of the world cannot take place before the year 2060.

By that he did not want to say that he knows when the end of the world will actually happen, but only that the predictions about its imminent arrival are not grounded in the Bible itself.

Newton died on this day at the fairly high age of 84, in Kensington near London (Kensington is today part of London, one of its most elite neighborhoods).

He was buried in the famous Westminster Abbey. He never married, and there exists a theory that he died a virgin, i.e. that he remained celibate throughout his life.

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