In 2007, the following article was published that referenced a particular letter in an exhibition entitled "Newton's Secrets" in which the 'father of modern physics' predicted the world would end in 2060. I thought it would be interesting to post the article in light of the 12/21/2012 hoopla:
Renowned British scientist Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern physics and astronomy, predicted the world would end in 2060 in a 1704 letter that went on show in Jerusalem today.
A famed rationalist, who secured a royal exemption so that he would not have to follow the teachings of the Church of England, Newton nonetheless based his prediction on a Biblical text.
Working from verses in the Book of Daniel, the elaborator of the classical laws of gravity, motion and optics argued that the world would end 1260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire in western Europe in 800 AD.
The letter, on show at Jerusalem's Hebrew University as part of an exhibition entitled "Newton's Secrets", is part of an array of papers of the British scientist bequeathed to the institution by a wealthy collector of scientific manuscripts.
The university said it was the first time the letter had been put on public show since 1969.
Newton's late 17th century work at Cambridge University was the foundation stone of modern science until the discovery of relativity and quantum mechanics in the last century.
But it has long been known that the ground-breaking physicist from Grantham, England, also took a keen interest in superstitions of his day that have long since fallen foul of modern science.
Newton spent four years in the 1670s preparing a work on alchemy, the notion that base metals can be turned into gold. - Newton's fourth law: apocalypse
NOTE: the following link details Newton's prophesies - Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John - Sir Issac Newton. To add to the speculation, here is a historical list of dates predicted for apocalyptic events. Lon
Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John
Prophecy 20/20: Profiling the Future Through the Lens of Scripture
The Perfect Ending for the World
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