Probably, you’re thinking of Sir Isaac Newton, the 18th century scientist, hit on the head by a falling apple while sitting under a tree. Newton sits up, rubs his forehead, and the concept of gravity dawns on him in an instant—a fully formed scientific theory.
Historical records suggest Newton did have a revelation while watching an apple fall. But that one event doesn’t tell the whole story. Newton didn’t just come up with the laws of gravity in an afternoon, and the scene doesn’t show his scientific process: the work Newton did before and after that helped him understand gravity, or how his collaborators and contemporaries contributed to that understanding.
According to a new study in the High School Journal,…