Isaac Newton is not the only great scientist who also fooled around with Biblical prophecy and alchemy (he wrote nearly a million words on the subject yet never published anything). It just goes to show that even geniuses in one way can be pretty dumb in other ways.
Or, to give another example, just because somebody is successful in business doesn't mean he knows anything about governing.
Just think how many more great discoveries in physics, optics, and mathematics that history could have squeezed out of Newton if he hadn't been wasting his time on this other junk! It's our loss.
By Caroline Morley
February 16, 2012 | New Scientist