Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Newton: World to end in 2060

His famously analytical mind worked out the laws of gravity and unravelled the motion of the planets.

And when it came to predicting the end of the world, Sir Isaac Newton was just as precise.

He believed the Apocalypse would come in 2060 – exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire, according to a recently published letter. (Evening Standard)

While Newton was a man of faith, this calculation of The End seems based more on "put[ting] a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end" than religious conviction. Nevertheless, an interesting find.