“The World Will End in 2060”
— Sir Isaac Newton
Two rather shocking new books about Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are generating a fireball of controversy in academia.
We learned in college that Newton, born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1643, was the father of modern science, and is best known for his definition of the law of gravity.
What we weren’t taught was that in his secret life, he was a real wacko, dabbling in experiments worthy of Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter series.
Newton’s scientific breakthroughs, such as constructing the first practical reflecting telescope, earned him a knighthood from Queen Anne in 1705.
Newton’s bizarre private life has been exposed with the release of Isaac Newton, the Asshole Who Reinvented the Universe, by the distinguished Florian Friesletter, one of the world’s best-known astronomers.
As he states, “Newton was the most important scientist in history, but he was a very difficult man. Put bluntly, he was an asshole, an SOB, or whatever epithet best describes an abrasive egomaniac. He was conniving, sneaky, resentful, secretive, and anti-social. He was also a religious fanatic, a mystery monger who spent years studying the Bible to learn its ‘secret communications to us.’”
Newton concluded that the world would “reset” in 2060, a year that coincided with the coming of the Kingdom of God. According to his theory, at that time, in the wake of wars and natural disasters, the planet would be decimated, its inhabitants killed. In its wake, “a new divine era would be reborn, perhaps with different people inhabiting the earth.”
As a self-admitted “obnoxious person,” Newton was devoted to alchemy, the medieval forerunner of chemistry. One of its primary pursuits involved the conversion of base metals into gold or silver and the search for a universal elixir of good health and immortality. He also believed that alchemy held the key to life eternal. Although his theories changed scientific thought throughout the world for centuries to come, he spent more time experimenting with alchemy than he did with physics, regarding it as a mere hobby
One of his experiments almost blinded him. He stared directly at the solar eclipse, and later wedged a needle behind his eyeball, hoping to unlock the mystery of sight.
He wanted to create a “Philosopher’s Stone,” interpreted at the time as an object with mystical power that could turn base metals into gold, and supply rejuvenation and immortality to humans. As ingredients, he used “a brew of fiery dragons,” “the doves of Diana,” and the “eagles of Mercury.”
As if these revelations about Newton weren’t enough, along comes one of the most controversial books ever released by the Princeton Press, The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein, documenting his trip in 1922 and 1923 in East Asia and the Middle East. These diaries, which Einstein never wanted to be made public, have been translated into English.
Born in Germany in 1879, Einstein, of course, was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the pillars of modern physics—in other words, a genius. He is best known to the general public for his mass-energy equivalence formula “E=mc2,” the world’s most famous equation.
The recently published diaries reveal a hidden prejudice against the Chinese. He noted “They have an abundance of offspring. They are a filthy, obtuse people, though industrious. It would be a pity if they supplanted the other races. The thought of such a thing is unspeakably dreary. The way they sit to eat reminds me of how Europeans sit on a toilet. Chinese children are spiritless and look dull.”
These racial comments are surprising in that Einstein, as a Jew, fled Nazi Germany to avoid persecution. While living in New Jersey, he called racism “the disease of white people,” and campaigned against segregation.
In 1921, Einstein received the Nobel Prize, and no scientist so honored ever deserved it more.
The publication of his private diaries have been attacked by some other scientists. Kapil Komireddi wrote: “Yes, some of his statements are not politically correct, but this book should not be allowed to rewrite a good man’s reputation.”
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