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2010-01-18 12:30:45

An 18th-century chronicle of Isaac Newton's theory on gravity was made available to the public for the first time via the Internet on Monday, according to the Associated Press. The chance encounter with the apple is one of the most celebrated tales in the science world. The faded document can be viewed online in its original cursive script, recorded by William Stukeley, Newton's associate. Keith Moore, a librarian of the Royal Society said the story has resonated for centuries. It is chock...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
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