Sir Isaac Newton is arguably - along with Einstein and Galileo - the most famous
scientist who ever lived. He's known today for his discovery of the theory of
gravity, the invention of calculus and his work in optics. However, during his
lifetime he was better known as the Master of the Royal Mint than he was as a
scientist. But after his death, all that changed, and the image of Newton that
we have today was born - largely based on myths that he created himself. Dr.
Patricia Fara, a fellow of Clare College at Cambridge has chronicled the
development of Newton's reputation in her recently published book, Newton: The
making of Genius.