A quick reminder of our forthcoming history of science conference at the Royal Society, ‘A great variety of admirable discoverys: Newton’s Principia in the Age of Enlightenment’ (Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 December). There’s a button at the top of the conference page which enables you to register, and here’s the full conference programme. It should be a stimulating and illuminating series of talks, and we hope you can make it to some or all of the sessions.


Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, by George Perfect Harding, from an original oil portrait by Charles Jervas at the Royal Society.
Royal Society Newtoniana MS/648/1/91


The Library will be open as normal on the Wednesday and Thursday, if you’d like to combine conference attendance with your own research. However, the reading rooms will be closed on Friday 13 December to allow all the Library staff to get to the Royal Society Christmas Lunch (followed by the ‘Quiz of the Year’, in which we’ll attempt to improve on our usual third place …).

We’ll also be closed for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year – the last day we’re open to the public is Friday 20 December, and we re-open to our readers on Monday 6 January 2014.


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