Unesco adds Sir Isaac Newton's papers to world register

From BBC - November 30, 2017

Details of Sir Isaac Newton's spending on stockings and shoelaces are among the scientist's papers which have been added to a global database of historically important documents.

The Cambridge University collection has been added to Unesco's International Memory of the World Register.

It includes his personal accounts as well as drafts of Principia Mathematica containing Newton's laws of gravity.

The register preserves documents "of outstanding universal value".

The university's collection of Newton's papers is one of the largest in the world and includes correspondence with Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley, who persuaded Newton to publish Principia, his book of mathematical principles.

It also includes Newton's own copies of the first edition of the Principia, published in 1687, which are covered with his corrections, revisions and additions for the second edition.


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