Set a top these odd beliefs and quirky traits, however, was the mind of a supreme genius- though even when working in conventional channels he often showed a tendency to peculiarity. As a student, frustrated by the limitations of conventional mathematics, he invented an entirely new form, the calculus, but then told no one about if for 27 years. In like manner, he did work in optics that transformed our understanding of light and laid the foundation for the science of spectroscopy, and again chose not to share the results for three decades.
Happy Birthday Isaac!! We embrace peculiarity!!!!
from: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Godfrey Kneller's 1689 portrait of Isaac Newton
The monument overlooking his burial place in Westminster Abbey has this to say about Isaac:
"Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities of rays of light....Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race."