Happy Newtonmas

I would like to wish you a very happy Newtonmas today. As everyone knows, Isaac Newton was born prematurely on this day in the village of Woolsthorpe in England, a few months after his father’s death. His mother abandoned him in his infancy when she married again. His birth, 378 years ago, coincided with the… Continue reading Happy Newtonmas

The way of the world

That the earth’s axis is tilted around the plane of its orbit was known even to ancient civilizations who had no understanding that the earth moves around the sun. After all, the noontime sun moves polewards in summer and in the opposite direction in winter. As a result, days are longer in summer, and nights… Continue reading The way of the world