Isaac Newton Discovered Gravity When an Apple Fell on His Head
The story of English scientist Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity has been popularized by cartoons, jokes, and even everyday conversations. It is said that he discovered gravity when an apple landed on his head. Although this makes for humorous content, there is no evidence to prove that an apple actually did fall on his head.
The young scientist was sitting in a garden, observing apples fall when he began to ponder: “Why didn’t they fall sideways or upwards? Why did they only fall downwards?” Suddenly, he had his answer — Gravity! It might not seem like it, but grasping the concept of gravity can be challenging. It took three-and-a-half centuries and an Albert Einstein to figure out some aspects of gravity, and even then, there are still things that confound physicists. Maybe more of them should take a page from Wile E Coyote’s book and try getting hit on the head.