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Isaac Newton

Did Sir Isaac Newton discover gravity by watching an apple fall?


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September 12, 2014 1:23AM

To Newton, gravity was plainly observable from the world around him long before the apple tree came along, but it was Newton's explaining the apple's falling from the tree that finally related his knowledge to the common man. At that time, religious teachings reigned supreme, and most things credited God's power as their reason for being -- things like holding stars in the sky above Earth, the center of the universe.

Newton's example of the apple falling from the tree related to people in a way that they understood and could easily share with others.