Newton as a teen
Earlier today, I saw this tweet by Dale Basler:
The linked article is terrific. It’s a series of young Issac Newton’s confessions of his 48 sins, including the following gems:
- Denying a crossbow to my mother and grandmother though I knew of it
- Robbing my mothers box of plums and sugar
- Punching my sister
- Making a mousetrap on thy day
These confessions paint a side of Newton that I hadn’t really seen before. They certainly show the very pious Newton, but they also show a pretty bratty, curious and precocious Newton. Best of all, they really humanize Newton in a way that I think many of my students could relate to. I certainly see a few who share Newton’s penchant for mischief and tinkering.