The Papers of Sir Isaac Newton

Documentary heritage submitted by Israel and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

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The Hieroglyphical Figures of Nicholas Flammel Explained. From the collection of Newton Papers at the National Library of Israel. Catalogued as Ms. Var. 259.3 fol. 5r

The theological papers reveal an extraordinary and unfamiliar side of Isaac Newton and contribute to a fuller understanding of his character, his religious views, and his interaction with society and the world around him in 17th and 18th century England. The papers shed new light on Newton's mystic and apocalyptic interests, and show that he was as original and radical a religious thinker as he was a scientist. They add a significant and valuable body of knowledge to the study of European intellectual and religious history, as well as to the history of science.

The Scientific and Mathematical Papers of Sir Isaac Newton

Documentary heritage submitted by Israel and United Kingdom and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017. "The Scientific and Mathematical Papers of Sir Isaac Newton" were recommended as an addition to "The Papers of Sir Isaac Newton" inscribed in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

The scientific and mathematical papers of Sir Isaac Newton represent one of the most important archives of scientific and intellectual work on global phenomena and marks a key moment in the development of the ‘new science’ in the seventeenth century and the importance it placed on observation and an experimental approach to the study of nature. The papers document the development of Sir Isaac Newton’s thought on universal gravitation, calculus, and optics and reveal not discoveries fully formed through inspiration of a lone genius, but ideas worked out through painstaking experiments, calculations, correspondence and revisions. The inscription also includes personal notebooks, correspondence, the manuscript and annotated editions of Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica and a substantial and significant collection of alchemical, theological and administrative manuscripts.

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