(January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727)

Isaac Newton is the greatest and the most influential scientist this world has ever known. His brilliance ramified all branches of Applied Mathematics. He made groundbreaking advances in Mechanics, Astronomy, Binomials, Calculus, Heat, Acoustics and Optics which revolutionized science like nobody did before or after him. Newton’s works on Mathematical Physics were ingenious, unprecedented and unparalleled. They outstripped his exploits on “Fluxions”; and ensured that his ratings as mathematician remained very high. His intellect complimented his voracious appetite for work. That was why he wrote extensively on Math, Science and Religion. Aged 26, he succeeded Isaac Barrow as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. Once settled in this position, he proceeded to give science the solid foundation it has today. This breath of fresh air has served as template for uncountable technological developments. Prior to Isaac Newton, our world emphasized Natural Philosophy; and after him, we transitioned to Science. Co-inventor of Calculus, his Principia Mathematica is the most prized and the most revered publication in the history of science. His influences and contributions were far-reaching: just as their impacts on the Scientific Revolution were unsurpassed. His Equivalence Principle paved the way for Albert Einstein’s Relativity Theory. But unlike Einstein, whose incipient and incongruous algebraic approach to Relativity prompted immediate geometric upgrade from Bernhard Riemann’s and Hermann Minkowski’s works, Newton adeptly developed all the math frameworks which anchored his theories and laws. This edge, alongside boundless scope, consolidated Newton’s superior versatility and render fatuous, the frequent comparisons with Einstein.

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  1. A scientific mind that spearheaded various works is now brought to the fore. Every commendation worth mentioning goes to this brilliant mind.

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  6. Your list is great but where the heck is Charles Darwin or Rosalind Franklin? I think you have more of an obsession towards mathematics and physics than in works in biology. Also some of these are just way out of order. It kindve makes me think it isn’t in any order. That’s how bad some of these are. In some of these rankings its very inconsistent…like are you looking at contributions or overall intelligence? or who you personally think is better? I respect the time and effort, but really what you need to do is make a bigger list say top 150 and slowly eliminate 50 from that list. This is just bad, sorry

    • Hello johnnnny,
      Thanks for your comment and criticism.
      I mentioned that the rankings were based on these four criteria: overall ability, versatility, productivity and developmental influences. Hence, I regret to inform you that both Charles Darwin and Rosalind Franklin failed to make the list.
      …And whatever “obsession” those four ranking criteria have is what this list reflected. It is not my fault that you were unable to comprehend that this work took more than 15 years to complete: because it spanned the 5000 years between 3000 BC and 2000 AD.
      Nearly 3500 notable scientists (from every field) across the whole world (not just Europe) were evaluated and sieved out.
      Your comment obviously showed that you neither read the Introduction nor its accompanying Notes. So, I suggest that you go and read them.
      Thanks again, and have a good day.

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