Adventures in Huntingtonland, Pt. 3

It’s Sunday evening, 10 pm, and I am in Bloomington, Indiana. In the past week I have been staying and working with the marvellous Wally Hooper, a man of many qualities. He is an excellent scholar, an IT wizard, and most of all one of the most generous men I have ever met. I have…

Adventures in Huntingtonland, Pt. 2

It is a Friday afternoon, and California is experiencing another heat wave. It is not as hot as a few weeks ago, with temperatures well in the 100s/40s, but my daily bike routine, three miles uphill on Allen Avenue, is a continual challenge. It has been an exciting week.

Upcoming Newton Conference – Guess who…?

Very excited to let you all know I will speaking at the upcoming Newton conference at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California! October 10 and 11 will have a score of Newton scholars focussing on “All in Pieces?” – New Insights into the Structure of Newton’s Thought. My talk will centre around state of the…

Newton’s Working Practices (2) – I did it my way…

In our last episode we looked at Isaac Newton’s use of catchwords. Today our focus will be on his citation practices, with special regards to his command of ancient languages. At his grammar school in Grantham, the young Newton had received a basic but thorough training in Latin and Greek. When we look at his…

Newton’s Working Practices (1) – Catchy Stuff…

Last week saw many historians of science and medicine participating in the annual BSHS conference, this year hosted by the University of St Andrews. It was a wonderful meeting with many interesting papers, focussing on all things scientific, from ancient Assyrian kiln-building to sermons from science. Yours truly delivered a paper on Newton’s manuscripts and…

Dating Isaac

When in 1717 Princes Caroline learnt of Isaac Newton’s chronological studies through their mutual relation, the French Abbé Conti, she requested to see his work. Shortly after their meeting Newton presented her with his Short Chronicle, and allowed Conti to make a copy. That’s when things went a bit out of hand. Within months Conti…

A Rationale of Editing

I originally titled this post “Why digital editing?” – a title which I discarded for two reasons. The first is that while this blogpost focuses on a number of reasons why digital editing is important, there are many more. The second is that none of these reasons are specifically bound to digital editing, although there…