Epitaph: Sir Isaac Newton

Mathematician, astronomer and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 to 20 March 1726/7), is buried in Westminster Abbey, London.

The Latin inscription on the base of his monument is translated as:

Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced.

Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners.

Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race!

He was born on 25 December 1642, and died on 20 March 1726/7

Image: By Klaus-Dieter Keller (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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