On December 25, 1642, the widowed farmer Hannah Newton had a son named Isaac. He was very weak. Two women sent to get medicine for Isaac after he was born sat down to rest, instead of hurrying, as they thought he would be already dead. His neck was to weak to support his head, so he was given a coller to keep his head upright. As he would become one of the greatest scientists of all time, Isaac's birth is important (Christianson 10).