Sir Isaac Newton was a 17th century English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, theologian and natural philosopher. He is often regarded as the most influential scientists in history and is most famous for discovering the Laws of Gravity. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation that dominated scientists’ view of the physical universe for the next three centuries, and continues to have an influence even as scientists push into new realms of physics and possibilities.
How do the Laws of Motion apply to us Cavemen?
Law of Motion, I
An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
This is often called the “law of inertia.” This means that there is a natural tendency of objects to keep on doing what they’re doing. All objects resist changes in their state of motion. In the absence of an unbalanced force, an object in motion will maintain this state of motion.
An object at rest will stay at rest. An object in motion will stay in motion. A person watching TV on the couch will remain sedentary and complacent. A person in the gym will remain fit and active. A person writing story will remain creative and engaged. Sir Isaac Newton certainly would not want a lazy and resting population. He would prefer an active citizenry that is engaged and in constant motion. The only way important things get accomplished if everyone remains in motion. Don’t lose the momentum.
Law of Motion, II
Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object being accelerated, the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate the object.
The Second Law gives us an exact relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. It can be expressed as a mathematical equation: Force = Mass x Acceleration. F=MA.
The greater the force, the more profound the trajectory. No object will ever move too fast if it has no thrust behind it. No great idea or product can ever get off the ground without the support of a large community. A large and engaged community is akin to a great thrust. The only way to achieve propulsion – and thus profit – is to engage a large community that can become a great force that can act upon the world. The 2nd Law of Motion is all about accelerating your ideas, your products, your company and your blog. The simple rule is to amass a community that can become a force, and that will help achieve acceleration and propulsion.
Law of Motion, III
For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.
The mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. That is to say that whenever an object pushes another object it gets pushed back in the opposite direction equally as hard.
The 3rd Law of Motion also corresponds to the Laws of the Universe. What you put into the world is what you get out of it. What you do unto your neighbor is what you wish to have happen to you. Ghandi told us to be the change that we want to see in the world. The Bible gave us the Golden Rule. The entrepreneur would say that what you put into a company is what you get out of it. Your success is directly related to the hard work and measured steps that you take to make yourself a success. And society would say that what you contribute to the world is what you will receive in kind.
Why are they important?
Everything on this Earth has an action and a reaction. Everything that is said and done will somehow affect somebody else. That’s a powerful thought to know that we are all so intimately connected that every single one of our actions will ultimately have a ripple effect on the rest of society. Despite the fact there are over 7 billion people on this Earth, we remain a tribal people. We depend upon our families, our neighbors, our tribes, and our communities. As a tribe, we support one another. We ensure safety and survival. We create a force bigger than ourselves, through which we can achieve greater acceleration. This momentum allows us to accomplish great things, to accomplish goals and pursue dreams.
It is amazing that a scientific treatise written three centuries ago on the laws of motion and universal gravitation could have such profound implications on society today.
But that is the power of a great thinker. One individual, who dared to think differently from push his scientific research and thinking into unexplored worlds, stumbled on a revolutionary idea at the time, even if it was a simple rule of nature. Newton left a great legacy through his research and his publications.
He innovated and evolved. He explored new territories. He left a legacy for future generations. He is a real Caveman.