Saturday, February 4, 2023

A book by Isaac Newton that was lost for a century has been auctioned: it’s worth a millionaire

Book Optics Isaac Newton’s material, which has been missing for more than a hundred years, will be auctioned with grounds for more than Four million dollars.

OpticsNewton’s analysis of the fundamental nature of light, and is considered one of the three major works on optics. scientific revolution.

The book will be sold at the San Francisco Rare Book Fair which runs February 3-5, and is expected to gross $460,000.

Story of Isaac Newton’s book to be auctioned at a record price

David DiLaura, a book collector, discovered Isaac Newton’s copy during the COVID pandemic while organizing his collection.

While organizing his collection, DiLaura, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, found a copy of optics, Newton, which he bought 20 years ago.

The bookplate indicated that this was the second edition printed in 1717. And it was owned by James Musgrave. However, closer inspection revealed a second plate, hidden by the first plate, which revealed the previous owner to be Charles Huggins.

Isaac Newton. His findings on light were important to humanity.

research on two names, DiLaura learned that upon Newton’s death in 1727 without a will, a man named John Huggins had acquired his books and other property. who passed them on to his son Charles, rector in Oxfordshire.

The objects passed into the hands of Charles’s successor as rector, James Musgrave and They were passed down from generation to generation before being sold in large numbers in the 1920s.

The book was then considered lost until DiLaura’s discovery.

How is Isaac Newton’s book “Optics”

The book was first published in 1704 and was the culmination of decades of physicists’ investigation into the nature of light.

, unlike his more famous Principia Mathematica which explained the three laws of motion and was written in Latin, Newton wrote Optics in popular English and the vernacular, which made it accessible to a wider audience.

in its pages, Newton explains how glass prisms can break up white light and constitute it with the constituent colors of the optical spectrum; The debate over whether light is a particle or a wave, which Newton considers a particle, which he calls a corpuscle, entails.

Optics describes how our perception of color is caused by the way materials absorb selectively transmit or reflect different colors of white light.

Newton’s fascination with light, and how we see it, made his experiments not only laborious but painful.
Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts on the Behavior of Light.

As a young man, he inserted a long sewing needle into his eye, between the bone and the eyeball, to puncture the retina.

To study the bright spots produced in his vision by the slimy puncture, and compare his notes with those taken on dissection of the rabbit’s eye.,

Thus Newton confirmed that the eye acted like a pinhole camera, projecting reversed images onto the retinal wall which the brain would then reverse to make sense of our vision.

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