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Episode 5

In Our Time, The Written World Episode 5 of 5

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 January 2012

Melvyn Bragg concludes his survey of the written word by considering how the invention of writing made the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible - and examines influential documents, including the student notebooks of Sir Isaac Newton.Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • Newton's notebooks

    Newton's notebooks

    Details from one of Newton's notebooks held at the University of Cambridge.

    Copyright Cambridge University Library

    Full details and images of the Newton Papers at the University of Cambridge Digital Library
  • Newton's notebooks

    Newton's notebooks

    Another images showing details of calculations by Sir Isaac Newton in the collection of Newton's notebooks at the University of Cambridge.

    Images of the Newton papers are available online.

    Copyright Cambridge University Library

    The Newton papers at the University of Cambridge Digital Library
  • Newton's Waste Book

    Newton's Waste Book

    Much of Newton's important work on calculus is developed in this large notebook, which he began using in 1664 when he was away from Cambridge due to the plague.

    Copyright Cambridge University Library

    Full details and images of the entire notebook
  • Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica

    Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica

    Newton's monumental Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, often shortened to Principia, was published in July 1687 and brought him international fame. In this three-part work, he lays out in mathematical terms his laws of motion and account of universal gravitation.

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    Full details and images of the entire Principia
  • Observations made by Captain James Cook

    Observations made by Captain James Cook

    Observations on
    H.M.S. 'Resolution' during her passage to the South Seas on the
    expedition led by Captain James Cook.

    Copyright Cambridge University Library

  • Euclid - Elementa geometriae

    Euclid - Elementa geometriae

    Euclid - Elementa geometriae. Translated into Latin by Adelard of Bath. Printed in Venice in 1482 by Erhard Ratdolt. Shelfmark C.2.c.1.

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    The British Library - The Written World
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    Euclid - Elementa geometriae

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