Apple 1: Eve gave it to Adam in the Garden of Eden

Apple 2: fell on Newton’s head and gave us the law of gravity

Apple 3: offered to the world half-bitten by Steve Jobs (RIP)


Make of this what you will!

(with thanks to Jonathan Tame)



  1. For me it was new as well. I learned it from Wikipedia during my research on apples. The author of the epigram is Plato as stated in

    Edmonds, J. M., trans.; rev. John M. Cooper. “Epigrams”. Plato: Complete Works. Ed. John M. Cooper. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997. p 1744. Print.


  2. Yes, I enjoy the pic of Jonathan. The apple I like most is Rubinette, a hybrid of Golden Delicious and Cox Orange, see

    The apple was, in ancient Greece, to be sacred to Aphrodite, and to throw an apple at someone was to symbolically declare one’s love; and similarly, to catch it was to symbolically show one’s acceptance of that love. An epigram states:

    I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me; but if your thoughts are what I pray they are not, even then take it, and consider how short-lived is beauty.


      1. except the trouble, of course, is that Eve did not give Adam an apple – the Bible does not specify which fruit it was except that it was from the tree of knowledge of good and evil! And the story about Newton may be apocryphal – but is useful as an illustration of how he discovered the law of gravity. As for Steve Jobs … well, who can tell?

        Hope you are keeping well, Tayo.


    1. I did not know this, M-P – that’s fascinating. I know the story of Atalanta and her admirers – that she threw the apples one by one and it was the admirer who did not stop to pick up an apple, who was the one who got the girl.


      1. Steve Jobs had worked during the summer at an apple farm, and admired the Beatles’ record label, Apple. He also believed Apples to be the most perfect fruit. He and Steve Wozniak were trying to figure out a name for their new company, and they decided that if they couldn’t think of one by the end of the day that was better than Apple, they would choose Apple. They couldn’t think of anything better, so on April 1, 1976, Apple Computer, Inc. was born.

        But they needed a logo. The first design included Sir Isaac Newton, a tree and a banner that said “Apple Computer.” Jobs decided they needed a less busy logo, one that would signify a brand. The second logo attempt was very similar to the current logo, but without the bite taken out of it. Jobs thought this logo looked too much like an orange. The third attempt was the logo that Apple still uses.


        The apples do look beautiful…..xxxxxx


      2. Now that is really interesting – it shows the creative process which resulted in an iconic logo – and how much trying-out there was! Thanks, PP!


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