24 July 2009

Isaac Newton and the madness of people

Great quote by Isaac Newtwon from this Bloomberg story about a new book, “Newton and the Counterfeiter”.

In 1720 Isaac Newton lost millions in today’s currency in the infamous South Sea Bubble. He hated being reminded of any mistake. The only reference that people have found to his South Sea losses is in the comment:

“I can calculate the orbit of a comet, but I cannot calculate the madness of the people.”

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