Posts Tagged ‘Isaac Newton’


Newton’s Apple Tree

January 20, 2008

I’m going to write some posts highlighting various exhibits and other features on the Nanotechnology sim in Second Life (also called Nanotechnology Island or just Nanoisland).

Today I’ll begin with Newton’s apple tree. If you’re not familiar with the story, it goes something like this… Isaac Netwon, the great English scientist, was struck on the head by a falling apple, and this caused him to contemplate the nature of gravity, leading him to formulate his universal law of gravitation. The story is almost certainly a myth, but if you want to read more, check out the article in Wikipedia.

The current whereabouts of the original apple tree are disputed (see above article), but the tree in the courtyard of the National Physical Lab in Teddington (in the UK) is said to be a descendant. Here’s a photo of the tree in Teddington:

A replica of NPL’s tree can be found in the courtyard of the main building of Nanotechnology sim in Second Life.

If you click on the tree in Second Life, it releases a large number of big red juicy apples!