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Newton’s secret

Space.com photoWell, the Mayans predicted that the world as we know it will cease on December 21, 2012 (darn…I won’t get any Christmas presents!). If the Mayans are wrong, we could still be wiped out in that year by a comet smacking into Earth. Michael Drosnin, author of The Bible Code, found a hidden message in the Pentateuch (aka first 5 books of the Bible) that predicts said comet. Not sure if this will happen before or after December 21, but either way, 2012 (which is a Leap Year BTW) is not shaping up to be a good year. The Earth’s magnetic field is also predicted to reverse in 2012 and who knows what that will mean. Seems an awful lot of people might be smoking whacky tobaccy, which causes them to make dire predictions for 2012. But should we survive 2012, a year that will also include solar eclipses, then we really have to start worrying about 2060.

Now, when you think of Sir Isaac Newton, you think of the father of modern physics and astronomy, a scientist and a rationalist – not someone warning of the Apocalypse. But seems Newton was also prone to the odd crackpot theory. A 1704 handwritten manuscript of Newton’s has just been put on display at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Newton secured a royal exemption from ordination in the Church of England so he would not have to follow Biblical teachings, so it’s somewhat surprising to discover a deeply spiritual side to this famous analytical scientist. Newton analysed the Book of Daniel and predicted the world will end in 2060, exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire. Well, Napoleon dissolved the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, so I think we’re safe and Newton’s just plain wrong. But it makes you a tad uneasy when you realise that Newton’s predictions about the laws of gravity and the motion of the planets were proved correct.

Maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised about Newton’s religious side because he dabbled in alchemy (the idea that base metals could be turned into gold. Now where’s Newtons’ knowledge management manual on alchemy I ask – could do with the ability to turn things into gold!). He believed that alchemy could reveal God’s secret laws of the universe.

Apparently, Newton believed in the Book of Revelation, which predicts plagues and fires amidst the climactic battle between good and evil. So much so that Newton also predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would follow the calamities and would precede a 1,000-year reign by the saints on Earth – of which he would be one.

Well, forget let’s party until it’s 2012; now we can party until 2060.


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June 23, 2007 at 3:00 am 8 comments


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