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UK School Stumbles On Newton’s 300-Year Old Books

FEBRUARY 07, 2013

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A dusty set of books found in a cupboard in a UK school lab in has turned out to be Sir Isaac Newton’s, containing his ideas on gravity. The textbooks unearthed at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Staffordshire, are 300 + years old and contain the great man’s musings on gravity. Newton was born in 1642 and died in 1727 and had his work translated into English in 1728. The  mathematician is one of the world’s most famous scientists.


The books describe Newton’s Laws of Motion and the principles of gravity spanning more than 1,000 pages. The set is believed to have been the property of the first headmaster, Francis Elliot Kitchener, a scientist who was at the school from 1874.

The three books are Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, latin for mathematical principles of natural philosophy and they were first published on July 5, 1687.


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