From the dawn of mankind, the apple been used as a symbol. In tales, Snow White ate one, Johnny Appleseed planted a tree, and William Tell shot an apple of his son’s head. There are more apples that have change history. Here are the 3 that bought about the major turning points in many people lives.
One apple is what Steve Jobs created.
Last Oct. 5, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and former CEO, died at the age of 56 in his home at Palo Alto, California. In 2004, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He had resigned in August due to poor health. His death certificate stated that he had died from respiratory arrest which was the result of the spread of the pancreatic cancer to other organs.
Apple change the way we work and play. Innovation spurred this company forward since 1976 and it is instrumental in bringing us to the digital age we are in. From creating personal computers, to iPads and iPhones, and even how we access music with iTunes – can one imagine our world without this Apple? Have you ever watched in fascination as a little child played Angry Birds on an iPad?
In the Entrepreneur of the Decade interview of Inc. Magazine in 1989, Jobs was asked, “Do you sometimes marvel at the effect you’ve had on people’s lives?” And Jobs said: “There are some moments. I was in an elementary school just this morning, and they still had a bunch of Apple IIs, and I was kind of looking over their shoulders. Then I get letters from people about the Mac, saying, ‘I never thought I could use a computer before I tried this one.'”
The other apple was the one that fell on Newton’s head.
His great discovery of the Universal Law of Gravitation is attributed to an apple falling on his head. In this story, a young Isaac Newton was sitting underneath the tree and when an apple landed on his head, he suddenly understands the same force that made the apple hit him is the same one that prevents the moon from falling to the Earth, and the Earth to the Sun, which is gravity.
According to a manuscript in the archives of London’s Royal Society that was written by William Stukeley, one of Newton’s biographers, Newton stated, “After dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden and drank thea, under the shade of some apple trees…he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. It was occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in contemplative mood. Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground, thought he to himself…”
Sir Isaac Newton is one of the most influential figures in history. His accomplishments in the field of science and mathematics include the generalized binomial theorem, a new formula to calculate Pi, the Theory of Colors, Laws of Motion, and the invention of the reflection telescope.
And the other apple was the one that Eve ate.
The Bible states that God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. The serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit to gain wisdom. She ate of the fruit and shared it with Adam. Eating this fruit is connected with the doctrine of original sin and even that of ancestral sin. There are Christians who do not believe in these doctrines.
There has been debate if the fruit was truly an apple. This is because the Bible says only the word “fruit”. Some researches state that it could have been a pomegranate. Was kind of fruit was it indeed if what Eve ate was not an apple? The Bible was written by men of faith to be read by people of faith. As with all religions, each holy book is meant to be read by those who believe and have faith. Science and what is written in these kind of books may not agree, as the platform for discussion is different.
In all these instances, the apple is a symbol – the Apple logo, the apple that never fell on Newton’s head, and the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that is typically depicted as an apple.
These are the 3 apples that changed the mankind. Though we may not Steve Jobs or Isaac Newton, if you were to create an apple that could change the world, what would it be?