Isaac Newton’s Notebooks

The front cover of Isaac Newton’s notebook from the 1660s. How amazing to think that something he called a “Waste Book” would contain his notes on scientific and mathematical concepts that are so important to us today! The pages are available digitally via the Cambridge University Library.

See more images at Isaac Newton’s Personal Notebooks Go Digital | Wired Science |

3 thoughts on “Isaac Newton’s Notebooks”

  1. I believe they were called “waste books” because they were made out of waste paper — leftovers from printers. They were the cheaply available notebooks back then. Other scientists & philosophers, etc, used them too (e.g. Lichtenberg). Thanks for a neat post & link.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.