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Isaac Newton: Bigger than Life

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This is an imposing depiction of Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1726), an English physicist and mathematician whose achievements are many and varied.  He shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the development of calculus; he formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation; he clarified views on the structure of the Solar System; he built the first practical reflecting telescope; he developed a theory of colour based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into the many colours of the visible spectrum; he studied the speed of sound; he even served the British government as Warden and Master of the Royal Mint.   And that is a very much abbreviated list of his works.

It is no surprise, then, that a giant statue of him dominates the courtyard of the British Library.  And large it needs to be given this volume of achievements.

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The 10 ft bronze statue, Newton, after William Blake, is by the Scottish sculptor  Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, created in 1995 and inspired by a colour print by William Blake (which is now at the Tate).

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aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 4 February 2016



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  1. Wow. Thank you for not making me wait too long for the entry, Debbie. I wondered if anyone would go with “bigger than life” and I am so glad you did, and I am pretty sure that Newton would be on top of anyone’s list. Thank you for interesting perspective and for taking trouble to photograph him at day and nighttime. Sculpture with a caliper and glasses. The third one shows him in the best light. When I saw the first night shot I mistook the caliper for a cane 😀 (but that’s only because of my knee 😉 ) I appreciate your entry a lot.


    • I always enjoy entering your challenges Paula and this man was just waiting for the excuse to appear.
      The last shot is from a couple of years ago – I just don’t seem to have been there in daylight for some time!


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