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Newton’s apple tree inspires next generation

Published on 13/12/16

Physics students from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form have learned about the roots of their subject during a trip to the birthplace of the school’s namesake.

The group of 36 Year 12 students visited Sir Isaac Newton’s family home, Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, on November 18.

The famous physicist and mathematician was born in the farmhouse on Christmas Day 1642, and as a young man developed his theory of gravitation after watching fruit fall from the apple tree which still grows in the garden.

Physics teacher Shaun Watling said: "The students were extremely excited to visit the home of one of the most important scientists in history.

“They enjoyed a talk from a Newtonian historian on the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton.

“There was free time to explore his house and the Newtonian science centre, but the highlight of the trip was seeing the legendary apple tree where Newton’s work on gravitation was said to have been inspired."