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Desc:The BBC explores Isaac Newton's crazy side.
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:BBC, theology, isaac newton
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TheSupafly - 2012-01-23
Its hard to be the most brilliant person in recorded history, its bound to drive a person a little nuts.
cognitivedissonance - 2012-01-23
This doesn't quite get the scope of his crazy, which was simultaneously superhuman in grandiosity and scale as well as tragically mundane in every context. He died a virgin, and once he hit Parliament he refused to wear anything except red velvet, sleep in red bedclothes, had his walls painted red, his dishes and accoutrements all had to be red. Also, the actor here doesn't quite capture his persona, which involved a reportedly high pitched, nasal voice with a monotone drone.

Isaac Newton was the proto-Aspie, and in this day and age, he'd have dedicated his time not to inventing Calculus, defining physics or practicing alchemy, he'd be writing Sonic the Hedgehog/My Little Pony slashfics.

baleen - 2012-01-23
Roger Bacon seemed like a nice guy.

Cena_mark - 2012-01-23
It seems like people like him are the prophets who wrote the Bible. Just a bunch of uptight but sincere nut jobs.

memedumpster - 2012-01-23
BBC wins! In your face, Nova!

Incidentally, the Nova version is the exact same documentary with a different narrator and editing on the stock re-enactments.
dairyqueenlatifah - 2012-01-23
I sadly can't watch this right now because I am at work. Do they discuss his end of the world prediction?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23401099-the-world- will-end-in-2060-according-to-newton.do

I never knew he went any crazier than that though.
memedumpster - 2012-01-23


Anaxagoras - 2012-01-23
Oh look. Another religious wackjob mocking people who have differing (and correct) views.

Fuck Newton. Mean-spirited, small-minded jackass.
Anaxagoras - 2012-01-23
Fascinating documentary though. Thanks for posting it.

garcet71283 - 2012-01-23
Surprise surprise, a genius that is also nuts...not like we haven't seen that before.
misterbuns - 2012-01-23
All that fuss over whose Pokemon is more powerful.

Imagine what he could have accomplished if he didn't have to bother with all that stuff.
Jet Bin Fever - 2012-01-23
Ahh, no one gets a full deck of cards.
misterbuns - 2012-01-23
The mercury poisoning didn't help.

cognitivedissonance - 2012-01-23

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