London: Handwritten notes showing one of history’s greatest scientific minds are going up for auction in London.
Isaac Newton’s summarized revision pages in his masterwork, The principlesAuctioneer Christie said on Tuesday, expected to sell for between £ 600,000 and £ 900,000 ($ 1.1 million and $ 1.6 million) next month.
Published in 1687, Newton’s mathematical principles of natural philosophy – Mathematical principles of natural philosophy – determine the laws of gravity and motion and is considered a scientific watershed. The first edition of the book sold at auction in 2016 for US3.7 million dollars.
Thomas Wenning, head of books and manuscripts at Christies in London, said the book “rediscovered our understanding of the universe”.
1 1/2 pages of notes for the planned second edition include comments and diagrams by Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory. When Newton worked on the amendment, the two scientists met and corresponded principles In the 1690s.
Weining said that while he was working on the modifications, Newton “was swirling with the energy of one of the greatest minds the world had ever seen.”
“And we can see that at work, at the speed with which he is writing, ideas are fermenting from his pen,” he said.
Keith Moore, chief librarian of the Royal Society – the scientific club where Newton was president in the 18th century – said that Gregory “had a written dialogue with Newton. He met Newton and the partnership between them shaped Newton’s thinking.” Refined.
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