On this day one of the greatest philosophers of our time was born. A man of genius and intelligence, whose ideas shaped the world.

Celebrate with me the birth of Sir Isaac Newton, 362 years ago (more or less; his birthday is on 25 December by the Julian calendar in use at the time; in our calendar his birthday would fall on 4 January).

Even his strict adherence to a literal interpretation of the Bible can’t cloud his status as one of history’s greatest scientists. Newton invented calculus, codified the laws of optics and light, and stated his three laws of motion that remained the final word until the revolution of quantum mechanics in the 20th Century.