Even our heroes have heroes, and in this video, Neil deGrasse Tyson waxes rhapsodic about a man who blows his mind. Sir Isaac Newton.

When you add all the colors of the rainbow together you get white. Sure. It’s obvious. Well, no. No, it’s not. DeGrasse says the whole idea is just freaky, but Newton somehow figured it out. His three laws of motion, his law of universal gravitation. Sure. No biggie.

Then Newton invents integral and differential calculus just to satisfy a pal’s curiosity about planets’ elliptical orbits. Sheesh.

Really, it’s great watching deGrasse Tyson listing the reasons the great man is his man. If you wondered what this renowned scientist was like as a little kid, just watch him gush over Newton. And Newton’s incredible gift is something for us all to gush over.