La biblioteca dell’Università di Cambridge ha pubblicato online la prima parte di una collezione digitale dedicata alla Storia della scienza: sono accessibili gratuitamente le riproduzioni digitalizzate dei manoscritti scientifici di Isaac Newton.
Cambridge University Library is pleased to present the first items in its Foundations of Science collection: a selection from the Papers of Sir Isaac Newton. The Library holds the most important and substantial collection of Newton’s scientific and mathematical manuscripts and over the next few months we intend to make most of our Newton papers available on this site.
The Foundations of Science Collection will focus on original scientific manuscripts, beginning with the papers of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries. Cambridge University Library has very strong collections in the history of science. In addition to our Newton collections, the Library holds the papers of, among many other famous scientists, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Adam Sedgwick, J.J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell and Sir George Gabriel Stokes. The Library holds the archives of Cambridge’s famous Cavendish Laboratory and is also the repository of the Royal Greenwich Observatory archives, which includes the papers of the Astronomers Royal and the Board of Longitude.
In addition to our major collections relating to faith and science, we intend to make other treasures from the Library available within the Cambridge Digital Library. Wherever possible we will seek to enhance our digital collections by aligning them with scholarly research. Our initial release of content, the Newton Papers, is a good example. We have collaborated with the Newton Project to provide transcriptions alongside our images of Newton’s manuscripts.
Another goal is to make content from the Digital Library freely available for use within teaching and research. Copyright and licensing will not always permit this, but where it does we hope to provide good quality images and texts for download and reuse.
We have plans to add much more content and functionality during 2012 and 2013, but hope you will find the selection of works we’re already included stimulating and the website easy to use.
>> Leggi l’articolo pubblicato su «The Guardian» il 12 dicembre 2011.