Sir Isaac Newton's Handwritten Notes About Momentous
Discovery of Laws of Motion and Gravity Now Available Online
manuscript containing Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion is being
made publicly available online, along with other historic works
by the great scientist.
today published more than 4,000 pages of Newton's most important
works on a new digital library website.
the scientist's own annotated copy of Philosophiae Naturalis
Principia Mathematica and handwritten notes where some
of his most famous theories first came to life.
This annotated sketch of work on optics by Sir Isaac Newton is among
4,000 pages of his historic documents which have been put online
by Cambridge University
in July 1687, Principia not only contains the laws of motion,
but also Newton's law of universal gravitation. It is widely regarded
as one of the most significant works in the history of science.
Over the next
few months the university library will upload thousands more pages,
making almost the whole of its Newton collection available for anyone
to view and download.
Work on the
Cambridge Digital Library
began in 2010 with the Newton collection being photographed during
Up to 200 pages
were captured each day, although major conservation work had to
be carried out on several manuscripts and notebooks before they
could be digitised.
also aims to upload works by other famous scientists from Darwin
to Ernest Rutherford.
Prized: Sir Isaac Newton's first edition copy of his Principia,
widely regarded as one of the most significant works in the history
Prized: Sir Isaac
Newton's first edition copy of his Principia, widely regarded
as one of the most significant works in the history of science
The college notebook
used by Newton between 1664 and 1665 contains notes
from his reading on mathematics and geometry, showing particularly
the influence of John Wallis and René Descartes
Later the Digital
Library will incorporate other collections including the archive
of the Board of Longitude and the papers of Charles Darwin.
librarian Anne Jarvis said: 'Over the course of six centuries Cambridge
University Library's collections have grown from a few dozen volumes
into one of the world's great libraries, with an extraordinary accumulation
of books, maps, manuscripts and journals.
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