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Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 2 March 2006
Some fluorescent test tubes
Alchemy or science?

Newton's Papers

Isaac Newton is revered for his scientific theories.  Theology and alchemy are not the subjects that spring to mind when you think of his work.  But Newton wrote a lot about them and two pioneering projects are making these texts available to a wide audience.

Dr Rob Iliffe from Imperial College is Editorial Director of the Newton Project, which has put online nearly half of the two and a half million words he devoted to the subject of theology, as well as a large selection of his personal and scientific papers. Professor Bill Newman from Indiana University is an expert in Newton's alchemical writings and is publishing those papers on the internet as 'The Chymistry of Isaac Newton'. 

Fluorescence

The Hayward Gallery's latest exhibition features the work of Dan Flavin who used fluorescent light to create works of art.  As an adjunct to the displays, the Hayward has commissioned some scientists to create a series of exhibits to highlight fluorescence and its related cousins - bioluminescence and phosphorescence.

Quentin Cooper is joined by Professor Anthony Campbell, a medical biochemist at the University of Wales College of Medicine, who patented a bioluminescent jellyfish gene, and Zoe Laughlin, an artist and materials scientist from King's College London who helped to put together the science exhibtion at the Hayward gallery.
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