Sir Isaac Newton’s notes among Cambridge web gallery ‘treasures’

Sir Isaac Newton’s notes among Cambridge web gallery ‘treasures’

Isaac Newton's notebook

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A notebook used by Isaac Newton from 1661 is among the items added to a new online gallery

A notebook used by Sir Isaac Newton and other historical “treasures” have been exhibited in a new free online gallery.

Cambridge University Library has joined the White House, British Library and others by adding high-resolution images to the Google Arts and Culture site.

The objects also include his oldest written artifact, a 4000-year-old clay tablet.

The library said it allowed users to zoom in on objects in great detail and read the “fascinating narratives behind unique objects”.

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This clay tablet was written by a Sumerian scribe around 2200 BC

The history of the Treasures of Cambridge University Library includes manuscripts, books and other important historical objects.

Cambridge Librarian Dr Jessica Gardner said: “With fewer people able to travel at the moment, our partnership with Google is a perfect example of how to bring the library to millions of curious minds around. the world”.

Google Arts and Culture contains around six million objects and allows users to virtually visit galleries from around the world.

The company said, “Our mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online in a way that is accessible to anyone, anywhere.”

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An illustration from a 17th century atlas showing the size of celestial bodies relative to that of the Earth

Cambridge University Library was founded over 600 years ago and is one of the oldest university libraries in the world.

It is said to have copies of nearly all children’s books, novels and works of literature published in the UK and Ireland since 1710.

Its 17 floors contain approximately 10 million items on over 125 miles of shelving.

More than 140 images from the library’s collection were initially included on Google, but more are planned and other university institutions, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, will follow.

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This is the first Chinese book printed using a technique known as douban

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