"25 December is the birthday of one of the truly great men ever to walk the earth. His achievements might justly be celebrated wherever his truths hold sway. And that means from one end of the universe to the other. Happy Newton Day!" - Richard Dawkins
Sir Isaac Newton (16421225 - 17270320) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He was probably the greatest scientist who ever lived, and his contributions to science will forever have a special place in the history of mankind. He described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion in his monograph Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, a work that laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics.
Even tho he was deeply religious, and spent a lot of his time working with occultism and alchemy, his influence on science of yore, as well as today, can not be ignored. So, you see, even atheists have a reason to celebrate today - we raise a glass in honor of one of the most important people ever to live on this tiny little planet.
Merry Newtonmas, my dear rationalists, atheists and skeptics!
I will raise a few more glasses today, probably, since this year I'm celebrating both Hitchmas and Newtonmas at the same time. It's more convenient, I think. :)