The Force and the Apple That Created It

 

Many readers like reading science fiction because of the mind-warping sense of scale that future-set stories can create.  You can put a SF book down and feel very humble about the world, and also quite hopeful for the future.

But here’s a real life, contemporary times scale-warping experience:  Consider the original apple tree that Newton was sitting beneath when he observed the falling apple and wondered about what made it fall straight down.  That tree?  That tree is still growing.

It is over 350 years old (and has been carbon dated to verify it).

This is the actual tree Newton sat under.  How is that for a mind-warp?  You can still travel to Woolsthorpe Manor today, and touch the tree that he touched.  Well, you probably can’t touch it, sorry — they’ve fenced off the root area around it to help the tree stay healthy.  But this is the place where Newton devised the principles of gravity that were published in Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1687.  Originally, Newton called gravity “a power”.  Now it is generally referred to as a force.

The original force!

Cheers,
 
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2018-05-15T14:35:56+00:00 Wednesday, May 16, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , |

4 Comments

  1. Dina Bushrod May 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I swear your need to constantly write amazes me. Your mind just refuses to stop for a second, and I’m sure your heart is involved as well. We, your fans, can only say thank you for enlightening both our minds and our hearts as well.

    • Tracy Cooper-Posey May 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      I’m kinda laughing, Dina. My “need to constantly write” is sometimes a curse.

      I often wake in the middle of the night, and my brain fires up and that’s it…no more sleep that night. I lay in the dark, concocting stories, drafting sewing patterns, and more, all while trying hard not to look at the clock and frustrate myself with how little sleep I’m getting!

      I always pay for it, the next day, too.

      But I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, either!

      Cheers,

      t.

  2. Heather Baxter May 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Well the one thing I really didn’t know was, that, that tree was still with us.
    Great stuff.

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