Thursday, December 15, 2011

Isaac Newton's Papers

Isaac Newton’s own annotated copies of his works, notebooks and manuscripts are being made available online by Cambridge University Library and the University of Sussex. Researchers, students and the public can now zoom in to each page to explore texts like Principia Mathematica in incredible detail and make use of transcriptions to understand Newton’s mind – and handwriting. Several of the manuscripts in the collection contain the handwritten line ‘not fit to be printed’, scrawled by Thomas Pellet, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who went through Newton’s papers after his death to decide which ones should be published.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Voices of Art History

The Association of Art Historians has launched its online oral history project. Voices in Art History explores the development of the discipline in Britain through a series of audio interviews with art historians. The recordings offer commentary on the changing nature of the arts and culture since the 1950s.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Locating London's Past

Researchers have today unveiled a new interactive map that reveals London’s social history in unprecedented detail, enabling users to explore everything from the world’s first gay scene to eighteenth century riots. Locating London’s Past is a new website that lets users delve deep into the capital’s past. The website is the first to map information from a vast array of sources, covering:
·     crime and punishment
·     the distribution of wealth, poverty and occupations
·     the ownership of consumer goods
·     mortality