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Newton authentic Notes in Greek

Newton authentic Notes in Greek Newton authentic Notes in Greek

It is no secret that Sir Isaac Newton was a man of many talents and fluent in a multitude of living and dead languages, among them, ancient Greek, as shown in a notebook available on line

It is no secret that Sir Isaac Newton was a man of many talents and fluent in a multitude of living and dead languages. Among the many languages that the great physicist, mathematician, and scholar spoke and wrote in was Greek.

When Newton was an undergraduate at Trinity College he purchased a notebook which he used from about 1661 to 1665. It includes as you can see many of his philosophical musings in Greek, yet written in the byzantine style. The notebook also includes many notes from his studies and, increasingly, his own explorations into mathematics, physics and metaphysics. It was judged 'Not fit to be printed' by Newton's executor and was presented to the Library by the fifth Earl of Portsmouth in 1872.

This notebook contains many blank pages (all shown) and has been used by Newton from both ends. The Cambridge digital library presentation displays the notebook in a sensible reading order. It shows the 'front' cover and the 30 folios that follow and then turns the notebook upside down showing the other cover and the pages that follow it. Full transcriptions are available for folios 88r-135r, a famous section of the manuscript where Newton organises his notetaking according to 'Questiones quaedam Philosophiae' (certain philosophical questions). The notebook was photographed while it was disbound in 2011.

The notebook is in the Portsmouth Collection, donated by the fifth Earl of Portsmouth, 1872.

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