The Ultimate Sir Isaac Newton Quiz


Sir Isaac Newton: arguably the greatest scientist of all time. He gave us the laws of motion and universal gravitation -- which provided much of the foundation for modern science.

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Question 1 of 10

What's the title of Sir Isaac Newton's most influential work?

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Mathematica e Physica
Philosophiæ Physica e Scientifica

... In 1687, Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which -- among other things -- introduced his three laws of motion.


Question 2 of 10

Which of these is NOT one of Newton's laws of motion?

Force equals mass times acceleration.
Every mass has an energy equivalent.
To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

... Mass-energy equivalence is Einstein's theory.


Question 3 of 10

Newton is generally recognized as developing what branch of mathematics?

infinitesimal calculus
spherical trigonometry
fractal geometry

... Newton and another mathematician, Gottfried Leibniz, both invented infinitesimal calculus in the 1660s, working independently.


Question 4 of 10

Where was Newton when he saw the famous falling apple that inspired his study of gravity?

under an apple tree
in church
at home

... Legend has him sitting under the tree, but Newton wrote that he was looking out a window at home when he saw the apple.


Question 5 of 10

Newton was a religious man, but many considered him a heretic. Why?

He didn't celebrate Christmas.
He didn't believe in the devil.
He had three wives.

... Newton had a good number of unorthodox views, but the most offensive to the establishment was his disbelief in Satan and the Holy Trinity.


Question 6 of 10

Newton predicted Armageddon. What was the earliest date he said the apocalypse would happen?


... Newton, who was pretty obsessed with the Bible, calculated that the world would end no sooner than 2060.


Question 7 of 10

In 1696, Newton became the head of what British government entity?

the mint
the royal planetarium

... Newton was the Master of the Mint from 1696 until his death in 1727.


Question 8 of 10

Where is Newton buried?

Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral
the Sistine Chapel

... Newton died on March 31, 1727, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.


Question 9 of 10

Newton's grave is prominently featured in what book (and movie)?

"The War of the Worlds"
"The Da Vinci Code"
"Four Weddings and a Funeral"

... In "The Da Vinci Code," Newton's grave is the answer to a riddle that involves an orb on the tomb of a knight.


Question 10 of 10

According to "The Da Vinci Code," Newton was a member of what secret society?

the Fraternity of Merovingia
the Brotherhood of Bath
the Priory of Sion

... We don't have room to go into whether or not the Priory of Sion actually existed, but many believe Newton was its Grand Master for the last 30 or so years of his life.


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