Yes, it’s also Sir Isaac Newton’s birthday. Newton was the famous scientist who proved that one could be a genius and also a right shit. “Newton’s Tyranny,” which tells how Newton did his best to torpedo, sidetrack, delay, and suppress the discoveries of Stephen Gray and John Flamsteed.
Hat tip to Theo Bromine at Thinking For Free for today’s Newtonmas carol:
God rest ye merry, physicists
Let nothing ye dismay.
Remember Isaac Newton
Was born on Christmas day.
His gravity and calculus
Oh pillars of physics and math, physics and math,
Oh pillars of physics and math
And hat tip to John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts for the concept of Newtonmas (or Newtonmass).