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The Yahuda Collection of Isaac Newton Manuscripts at the National Library of Israel

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel in cooperation with the Cambridge University Library invites you to a new series of lectures on The Newton Watermark Project. The Project is dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642–1727) writings, whether they were printed or not. The edition presents a full (diplomatic) rendition featuring all the amendments Newton made to his own texts or a more readable (normalized) version. Newton manuscripts owned by Cambridge University Library and by the National Library of Israel together represent the registration of the Papers of Isaac Newton in the Unesco Memory of the World Register.

Although Newton is best known for his theory of universal gravitation and discovery of calculus, his interests were much broader than is usually appreciated. In addition to his celebrated scientific and mathematical writings, Newton also wrote many alchemical and theological texts and he left many administrative papers in his role as Warden and then Master of the Mint.

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Scott Mandelbrote

Scott Mandelbrote is fellow and Perne librarian at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. He was co-founder of the Newton Project, now based at the University of Oxford, of which he is editorial director. He is currently principal investigator of a project, concerned with new directions in the digital humanities for cultural institutions and funded by the AHRC and the NEH, which focuses on the capture and interpretation of watermark images in paper. He also supervises a project to catalogue early modern Hebrew printed books in Cambridge libraries. His publications include Footprints of the Lion: Isaac Newton at Work and The Reception of Isaac Newton in Europe.
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Stefan Litt

Stefan Litt, PhD (2001) in Pre-Modern History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, habilitation, Graz University (2008), researched and taught at the universities of Erfurt, Düsseldorf, Graz (Austria), Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan, Ramat Gan (Israel). He has published on the history of early modern European Jewry and on Jewish archives and book culture. Since 2010 he has worked as an archivist at the National Library of Israel, responsible for the foreign language holdings. Since 2018, Litt has been the Humanities curator of the NLI. In 2014 he was awarded with the Rosl and Paul Arnsberg prize of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt a.M.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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