Fact #8: He practiced alchemy. Though rightly celebrated for his scientific genius, Newton also dabbled in alchemy — a pseudoscience whose aim is to turn lead and other base metals into gold.
Fact #9: He didn’t think up his theories after seeing an apple fall to the ground. “Most people think that Newton was hit on the head with an apple,” Gleick told HuffPost Science. “But it’s probably not true.” What likely was true, he said, is that Newton realized that the same invisible force that caused apples to fall to the ground also affected the movements of the moon.
Fact #10: He died a virgin. Newton never married and, though it’s impossible to verify, is widely believed never to have had sex.