### The Ten Days of Newton ¶

Olivia Judson:

Some years ago, the evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins pointed out to me that Sir Isaac Newton, the founder of modern physics and mathematics, and arguably the greatest scientist of all time, was born on Christmas Day, and that therefore Newtonâ€™s Birthday could be an alternative, if somewhat nerdy, excuse for a winter holiday.

(Thanks, Elfie.)