Newton / Gauss

Gauss took special pride in his achievements in astronomy, feeling that he was following in the footsteps of Newton, his great hero. Given his admiration for Newton´s discoveries, he grew apoplectic at any reference to the history that the fall of an apple on Newton´s head had been the inspiration for discovering the law of gravity. Gauss characterized this fable a:

A stupid, officious man asked Newton how he discovered the law of gravitation. Seeing that he had to deal with a child intellect and wanting to get rid of the bore, Newton answered that an appe fell and hit him on the nose. The man went away fully satisfied and completely enlightened. – Peter L. Bernstein, Against The Gods, The Remarkable Story of Risk