Cambridge University puts Sir Isaac Newton's Notebooks Online

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Cambridge Digital Library has been busy digitising the original notebooks of our famous mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, which are now available to browse online.

The project currently includes around 4000 pages of handwritten observations and calculations, with various notebooks from his college years and later life during the 1600s now readable. One of the key titles, Newton's Waste Book, covers his work on calculus, which was written on the blank pages of an old notebook inherited from his step-father.

Casual UK science fans are unlikely to get too much of an insight into the man and his workings, though, as Newton tended to write in Latin and Greek. Translated transcripts of the books will start to arrive from 2012, alongside a further 8000 pages of Newton's doodlings. [Cambridge Digital Library via BBC]