When Sir Isaac Newton’s dog caused a fire

Newton's dog
Newton’s dog Diamond caused a fire burning down years of research work.

The sense and sensibility so often showed by animals have always amused humans. The smartness displayed by animals under stressing conditions and emergencies reveal a side of them which both, bemuses and bewitches readers.

Being the companion of men from time immemorial, the dog has had his share of shining moments. However, rather than singing glory songs for my cronies, here I am sharing an odd incident where a human being showed his intellectual capabilities and emotional balance in the face of a tragedy. This anecdote shows the bond between the man and the quadruped in a wonderful way, I hope people losing their temper on animals over trivial issues, learn a lesson or two from this anecdote concerning Newton’s dog.

Newton’s dog

Sir Isaac Newton, the acclaimed scientist, who found out what animals know since ages(read: gravity) had a pet dog named Diamond.  The archives reveal that Newton loved animals and his closest friend may well have been Diamond. One day Diamond knocked over the candle on the scientist’s desk and started a blaze that destroyed records worth many years of research. The revered scientist knew that it would be grossly unfair to blame the animal for the fire. Viewing the destruction, Newton said, “O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the damage thou hast done”.

The humanity may remember him for the gravitational laws and celebrate his scientific contributions but for us faunae, this incident alone is enough to catapult him to greatness!

You may also like to read about another genius from a different century, Albert Einstein and his love for dogs!

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16 thoughts on “When Sir Isaac Newton’s dog caused a fire”

  1. I agree, “this incident alone is enough to catapult him to greatness!”

    I remember reading this story as a kid, but can understand the importance of it now when I am reading it after all those years…

  2. The scientist knew it would be unfair to hold the dog responsible. But in real life, I see people flare up for smaller things than these when it is no their pet’s failt. 🙁
    This is one inspirational story. 🙂

  3. How amazing that such a great scientist could show such compassion and understanding regarding his dog’s mistake! I’m definitely going to have to work on my patience.

  4. Kaalu, i love this post..while am patient a person as far as my beloved Gucci is concerned, i cant say the same for my human contemporaries 🙂 and am not complaining 😛

  5. I was excited to discover this site. I need to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every part of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff in your site.

  6. My…..dog……sheroo…..he helps me in my evry problem….he protects me……in every cases…..

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