Saturday, December 25, 2004

Toasting the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton

James Farmelant proposes a toast to Isaac Newton (1642–1727): "Today, as the world pauses on the birthday of one of history's greatest men, whose teachings continue to benefit the entire human race, let us join in toasting the memory of Sir Isaac Newton, and of all the giants on whose shoulders he stood" ("Have a Happy and Merry December 25," LBO-talk, December 25, 2004).
Newton interleaved his personal copy of the first edition of the Principia (London, 1687), so that he could note corrections and additions on blank sheets facing the original pages. -- Cambridge University Library, Portsmouth Collection, Adv.b.39.1


Daniel Stein said...

The New York Public Library's main branch has a Newton exhibit right now which is spectacular. It has great texts from Swift and others who mocked him for believing in a scientific world that deviated from the teachings of the church. Newton was a great think, and in a better world he could have been appreciated more, but we have to keep fighting his battles.

Yoshie said...

I visited the New York Public Library's Newton Exhibition "The Newtonian Moment" on December 17. It's a superb collection of Newtoniana indeed. Those who can't make it might take a look at its online exhibition to get a taste of it: