In the year of the 300th anniversary of the law of universal gravitation discovery British post issued a stamp with the image of an apple

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In the year of the 300th anniversary of the law of universal gravitation discovery British post issued a stamp with the image of an apple Newton symbolized the culmination of the scientific revolution, that happened in 17th-century, but began earlier. His predecessors, such as Kepler or Galileo, were moving aside from the Greek ancient view of world, in which the objects behavior is prescribed by the "qualities" they keep. For example, Aristotelians supposed, that stones falls because their "essence" needs to move toward the centre of the world (or universe), or that planets moves into circular orbits because the circle represents a perfect, or how they sad, heavenly form.

One of the most fundamental Newton's works was so called the Principia. Besides to the three laws of motion and gravitational law, here we can find investigations on hydrostatics, the motion of solids in resisting environment and the generation of sound waves. Also he explained the principle of planets orbits, why the moon does irregularly move, nature of comets, and finally, the logic of tides. Isaac Newton predicted flatness of the earth at the poles, and this idea was born out by a French expedition to Lapland, in 1736. As we can see, the ideas of this researcher and philosopher often passed ahead of their time.

As one of the all-time great scientists, Newton was represented in a lot of reproductions, monuments, and also on the stamps of many countries. A curious fact: in the year of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the law of universal gravitation was issued a stamp with the image of an apple. This stamp was printed in Britain, and it shows a famous Red Apple of Sir Isaac Newton, his silhouette, and the full name of his main work into Latin: “PHILOSOPHIAE NATURALIS PRINCIPIA MATEMATICA”.

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