It is said that he was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head, which got him thinking about the nature of gravity. His three laws of motion, mathematically formulated, have played a significant role in developing the modern world we live in today They are still used by engineers and scientists.
- For the story of his life see: Biography website History website (scroll down)
- You may already know that he was born at Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, and went to school at King’s School, Grantham.
- Here is a video that delves behind the widely held image of the man.*
- There are many books in Lincolnshire Libraries on Isaac Newton, if you would like to immerse yourself in a good read. Several of them can be found in the Grantham branch. See: Library list
- He is said to have invented Calculus. You could say that calculus actually is rocket science. Here are some easy viewing videos: Introduction to the maths Who invented calculus?
Does Bill Gates have Asperger’s? Opinion is divided. Here is an easy reading On-line discussion. Both sides of the argument have a case, but it seems reasonable to believe that he might.
Click play button for a watchable 8 minute video about Bill and the rise of MS Windows. Also here is a 3 minute interview with him in 1991.*
If you are interested in computers you might like to have a look at his career.
Here is a thoughtful article about Gates and children with Asperger’s. Then, in Undiagnosing Gates, the writer explores in some depth the reasons why people might think that some famous people are or were on the autistic spectrum. He offers an intelligent critique.
- Have you heard of Richard Branson? If not, see Who is he?
- To find out whether he has Asperger’s Syndrome, see Does he? .
- To read his life story in brief click on: Biography .
His achievements are legendary.
People with Asperger’s tend to be unconventional. This can sometimes be an advantage. Richard Branson has defied convention in quite a few ways, often with considerable success. Here are some examples:
- His first company Virgin Records had a spin off record label, Caroline Records. The first release under this label was Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.
- His company Virgin Atlantic managed to break the monopoly that British Airways had on trans-Atlantic services.
- Virgin is working on a low carbon fuel for jet aeroplanes.
- Would you believe it, a glass bottomed aeroplane ?
- His company Virgin Trains introduced Pendolino technology to allow trains go more quickly. See Video for a demonstration of the way it handles curves in the track. As the Pendolino article explains, things did not quite go according to plan, though.
Of course, there are always disadvantages of being on the Autistic Spectrum. For a more every-day kind of story you might like to try Have~You~Seen on Roy Cropper.
Dan Harmon is an American writer and performer. He has said that he is on the autistic spectrum and discusses Asperger’s syndrome as portrayed in one of his characters in his TV comedy series Community. Here is an article about his leading role in the series.
Some people in the public eye are considered to be on the autistic spectrum. Here are samples of some of their songs, films etc: Susan Boyle James Durbin Tim Burton Dan–Harmon – witty Temple Grandin Peter Tork – Monkees’ keyboard & bass player Vincent D’Onofrio For the full Temple Grandin film see Have you seen.