Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online
A free peek at the original
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If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works.
"Anyone, wherever they are, can see at the click of a mouse how Newton worked and how he went about developing his theories and experiments," Cambridge University Library's digitization manager Grant Young told the BBC.
Included in the collection are Newton's own copy of his 1687 masterwork, Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica, in which he described with mathematical rigor his laws of motion and gravitation. The digitized version also includes Newton's own edits and marginalia, plus many pages of handwritten notes.
Also included are some early papers; a notebook Newton inherited from his stepfather known as the Waste Book, in which he wrote down some of his work on developing calculus; a pair of college notebooks; and a raft of papers on Hydrostatics, Optics, Sound and Heat.
In addition to the over 4,000 pages now available, Cambridge plans to add another 8,000 pages of Newton's writings in coming months. The university will then add more original works, including papers and books from its Charles Darwin collection.
"We're bringing Cambridge University Library to the world," said Young. ®
Time was that a University *was* its library so it's nice to see one of the oldest in the world putting some of the important works in its library online.
@I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects WTF has Keele got to do with it? It didn't even receive its charter until well over 200 years after Newton's death. Newton is famously an alumnus of Trinity College which is, of course where his papers were lodged after his death, including his personal annotated copy of Principia. Cambridge never sold them to anybody. Whateve Keele had it wasn't Newton's personal notebooks.
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I could really have done with one of those back in my youth.
Or even better, a Latin to Molesworth convertor would hav bin proper chiz, as any fule kno
This is fantastic.
Just what the web is for, rather than selling things. I expect Berners-Lee is pleased too.