Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The works of Sir Isaac Newton digitized for all to see

The Library at University of Cambridge has made available for public viewing, a portion of Sir Isaac Newton's original handwritten notes and manuscripts. The Newton Papers is the first in a new Foundations of Science collection offered by the Cambridge Digital Library.

Newton was a student at Cambridge from 1661 to 1665 and was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1669 to 1701. After his death, many of his notes and manuscripts were passed down through his family until 1872, when they were given to the university and cataloged.

The initial selection focuses mainly on his early work in mathematics during the 1660s but also includes the original manuscript for PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), which contains Newton's law of gravity and laws of motion. These discoveries formed the basis of classical mechanics and significantly changed the way we look at the universe.

To learn more about this and other projects at the Cambridge Digital Library visit: http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

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