Newton’s apple tree, nearly 400 years old, still bears fruit

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In the front garden of the scientist’s Lincolnshire mansion, the famous apple tree – which supposedly helped Newton devise the law of universal gravity – still flowered, bearing fruit.

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Newton’s apple tree has a special place in the history of science. Legend has it that, in 1665, after graduating from college, Newton and his family went to his mansion in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire (England) to avoid an outbreak of disease. After observing an apple falling from a tree, Newton began to contemplate the force that pulled the object straight towards the ground. That was the beginning of the law of universal gravitation he published in 1687.
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Many people believe this story is not true, but Newton himself said his theory germinated from seeing an apple fall while at Woolsthorpe. The scientist may have “added fish sauce” to the origin of the law of universal gravitation, but from many historical sources, it can be said that the story has some truth. 
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Several historians have studied the apple trees still alive at Newton’s mansion as well as sketches of the estate and identified “Newton’s apple tree”.
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This apple tree has a long and interesting history. Planted around 1650, the tree tilted after a storm in 1816 and survived while Newton’s fame echoed. From there, the apple tree became a symbol. The branches extracted from the tree are transported around the world.
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A tree grown at Trinity College, Cambridge. Others were taken to the Parkes Observatory in Australia, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Descendants grown from the seeds of the tree were sent to universities and research centers on every continent except Antarctica.
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Whether extracted or grown from seeds, they all belong to the rare Flower of Kent apple variety today. 
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The tree has large fruit, reddish-green color, but nothing special flavor, mainly used for cooking. 
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Mathematics and physics are often considered arid, but Newton’s apple tree and its descendants are poetic symbols, loved and inspired by generations of scientists and researchers. 
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Even the seeds from the tree were even brought to the International Space Station in 2016, making this one of the farthest trees in human history. 

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