Isaac Newton Said The World Is Ending In 2060: Was He Right?

By Karen Harris
English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727) contemplates the force of gravity, as the famous story goes, on seeing an apple fall in his orchard, circa 1665. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you spent even a few minutes awake in science class, you'll recognize the name Isaac Newton as one of the most influential people in history. He was a physicist, mathematician, and astronomer as well as a prolific author and theologian. His groundbreaking 1687 book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, laid the foundation for pretty much every subsequent breakthrough in the field of mathematics. Basically, he made your average scholar look like a burnout.

But this intellectual titan was far from the stuffed shirt you probably imagine him to be. Newton was also fascinated with the occult and dabbled in areas of inquiry that scientists would scoff at today, such as alchemy, Biblical codes, the belief in Atlantis, and even in doomsday prophecies. Let's look beyond Isaac Newton, the brilliant physicist, to learn about Isaac Newton, the occultist.