Monday, 30 January 2012

Newton Papers

A selection of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers have been made available online by Cambridge University Library. The initial selection which is now available concentrates on his mathematical work in the 1660’s and includes his Waste Book where he developed much of his work on calculus. There is also Newton’s annotated copy of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, laying out his laws of motion and gravity.

You can access this fantastic resource here. More manuscripts will be added over the next few months.

Newton’s Trinity College Notebook is featured in BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ discussing how the invention of writing made the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible, which you can listen to here.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Quiz answers

Happy New Year everyone!

Here's what you've all been waiting for...the answers to the Christmas quiz and links for more information :)

1. The smallest planet ever detected was found this year. What has it been named?

A: Kepler-22b. More info from the New Scientist

2. Which of life’s most frustrating situations could be solved by the creation of SLIPS?

A:  Getting the last bit of ketchup out of the bottom of the bottle. SLIPS= Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface.  More info from the British Science Association  

3. Opened in June, where is the longest bridge over water?

A: NE China, The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge.

And for a bonus gold star…it is longer than what?

A marathon...the bridge is 26.4 miles long More info from Discover magazine

4. True or false: Experiments have suggested that something may travel faster than the speed of light?

A: True; although it is still under debate/further investigation. More info from the British Science Association