EXHIBITS: Newtonia on the Net

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Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 951
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.951d

For most of his days, Sir Isaac Newton saw red. And that's not just a reference to the father of calculus's irascible nature—Newton furnished nearly his entire house in crimson. That's the type of esoterica visitors can expect to glean from newton.org.uk—a “virtual museum” of Newton.

Rather than repeating biographical information already available about the man who first described inertia, Web master Andrew McNab focuses on Newton's everyday life. There are such tidbits as photos of Woolsworth Manor, Newton's childhood home; a chronology; a diagram of his personal relationships; and quotes (including a generous take on “On the Shoulders of Giants”). The site also contains a 1931 book by Richard de Villamil called Newton: The Man. Using inventories of Newton's library and his estate at his death, de Villamil extracts such details as the reclusive genius's fondness for backgammon.

For more substantial information, see the list of outside links that explore Newton's contributions to optics, mathematics, physics, planetary science, and the laws of motion.


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