A planetary sphere in a shagreen case, advertised for sale at seven shillings and sixpence by John Neale, London, 1745
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Previous exhibitions

25 January to 4 June 2005
(closed 25-28 March inclusive)

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30. Sunday closed.
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A portrait of Galileo forming the frontispiece of the first edition of Il saggiatore, Rome, 1623
A portrait of Galileo forming the frontispiece of the first edition of Il saggiatore, Rome, 1623

Science & Medicine

The Library’s earliest surviving catalogue had a subdivision for medicine, and its collections of books and manuscripts in the fields of medicine and natural science have been enhanced by gift and bequest throughout its existence. The Friends have purchased, or made contributions towards, numerous notable scientific items, and one of the most prolific private donors through the Friends has significantly augmented the Library’s holdings on electron microscopy. An important group of documents relating to the University’s greatest scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, was donated in the nineteenth century, and when the Earl of Macclesfield’s collection of Newtonian and other scientific papers was offered for sale in 1999, a timely donation by the Friends spearheaded the Library’s successful campaign to raise the funds needed to acquire it.

Items on display

Gregorio Dati (1362-1436), La sfera, [Florence, c. 1497-1500] (Inc.5.B.8.17); Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Il saggiatore, Rome, 1623 (6000.c.13); Giovanni Camillo Glorioso (1572-1643), De cometis dissertatio astronomico-physica, Venice, 1624 (6000.c.35); John Neale (fl. eighteenth century), The description of the planetary machine, for which His Majesty has granted his royal patent, London, 1745 (7350.d.127); Pascal Volino and Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann (b. 1946), Virtual clothing: theory and practice, Berlin, c. 2000 (C201.c.1606); Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), letter to John Collins, Cambridge, 2 October 1672 (MS Add. 9597/2/12); Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), ‘De modo describendi conicas sectiones et curves trium dimensionum quando sint primi gradus etc.’, Cambridge, c. 1667 (MS Add. 9597/2/3, pp. 2-3); Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakaiya al- Razi (c. 865-923/932), ‘Kitab al-Mansuri’ (‘Liber Almansoris’), England, possibly East Anglia, late twelfth century (MS Add. 9213, ff. 4v-5r); Johannes Dryander (1500–1560), Anatomiae, hoc est, corporis humani dissectionis pars prior…, Marburg, 1537 (5000.d.70); Pietro Paolo Magni (fl. sixteenth century), Discorso sopra il modo di fare i cauterij ò rottorij à corpi humani …, Rome, 1588 (F158.c.2.15). View exhibit captions.

A planetary sphere in a shagreen case, advertised for sale at seven shillings and sixpence by John Neale, London, 1745
A planetary sphere in a shagreen case, advertised for sale at seven shillings and sixpence by John Neale, London, 1745