Will the real Newton birthday please stand up?
Actually due to discrepancies between the Julian and Gregorian calendar at the time, it was also Christmas (Julian date, which is now the more accepted dating). And his birthdate isn’t the only part of his subject to revision as Henry Petrovski describes…
- “Newton seemed to have had the last word on some intractable phenomenon, until Einstein proposed his own more general theory. While it may be the conventional wisdom that Einstein had finally got the workings of the universe right, the history of science suggests that this is presumptuous and highly unlikely.”
The world of science is nothing more than one big, gigantic, highly effective kludge. A kludge that is just chewing gum and duct tape until better gum and tape come along. It’s embrace of failure is its power and its humility.