25 December 2008

Born on this date

December 25th was the birthday of a great man whose work and teachings changed the world forever.

7 Comments:

Blogger Prash said...

But in the link you provided here is to Isaac Newton and wikipedia says he was born on 4th January and not on 25th December.

25 December, 2008 07:44  
Anonymous Blurber said...

Yet another great intellect with an unconventional schooling as a child. Curiously he was also a religious nut and a heritic. See also:

http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/the-ten-days-of-newton/?scp=1&sq=newton&st=cse

25 December, 2008 09:07  
Blogger Christy said...

LOL! A nice switch!

I didn't know Newton was "highly religious" though. That is surprising.

25 December, 2008 10:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Prash -- Look again. It was 25 December on the calendar in use in England at that time.

Blurber/Christie -- It's indeed a paradox that the man who did so much to move the Western mind from revelation-based thinking to evidence-based thinking was indeed religious; many people manage to compartmentalize their minds so that they can believe conflicting things at the same time, and of course in those days atheism was hardly an option (today 93% of members of the American Academy of Science are atheists, a telling figure in such a religious country).

I regard "heretic" as an honorable title; it comes from the Greek word hairetikos, meaning one who is able to choose -- that is, one who comes to his own conclusions about what to believe rather than blindly accepting beliefs handed down from the past.

25 December, 2008 11:06  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Addendum: Blurber's link explains the calendar difference in more detail. Also, apparently Newton's "heresy" consisted of disbelieving in the trinity, which should be considered a mark of intelligence, since the concept is incomprehensible.

"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus." -- Thomas Jefferson

25 December, 2008 11:15  
Blogger vamp said...

Also on this day....Rod Serling, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Buffet, Annie Lennox, Karl Rove, Robert Ripley, collector of odd facts...

Have a Great day.

25 December, 2008 16:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Interesting.....Certainly an odd collection of people!

25 December, 2008 20:03  

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