Cambridge Digital Library Publishes 4,000 Pages of Newton Material

Concentrating first on his mathematical work in the 1660s, Cambridge University is digitizing a collection of scientific works of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Over the next few months, most of the Newton collection will be freely available to anyone in the world. As the holder of the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge, Newton was required to deposit copies of his lectures in the University Library. During the more than 250 years since his passing, most of his scientific papers have been passed on to the Cambridge University Libraries.

This collection contains his undergraduate Trinity College Notebook “where Newton organises his notetaking according to ‘Questiones quaedam Philosophiae’ (certain philosophical questions)”. The BBC features this item within their programming devoted to the written word, and how it has shaped our intellectual history. Also included in this preliminary collection are his work on the development of calculus, and Principia, where he laid out his laws of motion and universal gravitation.

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