U of I Adds A Rare Isaac Newton Document To Its Collection

This week, in the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows stopped by the University of Illinois Rare Books Library recently. It’s acquired a handwritten document by Isaac Newton, the 17th century English scientist famous for his theory of gravity. This document is not about that, it’s more Harry Potter than groundbreaking physics. It’s about making a Philosopher’s Stone. Jim sat down with Rare Books Director Lynne Thomas to learn more about the Isaac Newton manuscript

 U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau

U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau