On the bus to school this morning I was talking to a lady who was reading a biography of Newton. Since a lot of what he did is now taught in Kindergarten, it is hard to recognize just what a huge difference he meant to modern science. It is also remarkable given the total chaos of the times he lived in. Most of is work was during times of civil war and revolution and counter revolution. Not everything he did was wonderful. He is also responsible for Calculus. But it was Newton who did the math that proved Copernicus and Brahae. The guy was a bit of a goof and a dreamer. But he also did a lot of real practical work, such as the reform of the mint after the restoration.