Well I’ve been reading “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova and as the nerdly professors and geeks make vast pilgrimmages to across the globe to… read and take notes… I saw today the following (Thank you, Telegraph, and thank you to my News Alerts for all things Stephen Hawking)
June 4 (Telegraph) — Thousands of rare books and
manuscripts at Camrbidge University Library – including
handwritten notes by Sir Isaac Newton – are to be made available
on line thanks to a £1.5m donation.
The gift from the former businessman Dr Leonard Polonsky
will be used to start the Digital Library for the 21st Century
create an infrastructure capable of digitising the vast
collection housed at the 600-year-old institution.
Digitisation will be completed in stages, with the first
collections to be called “The Foundations of Faith” and “The
Foundations of Science”.
Among the Library’s religious collections are some of the
world’s most ancient Qur’ans and an eighth century copy of the
Surat al-Anfal, the Qur’an’s eighth chapter.
Judaism is represented by the Taylor-Schechter Genizah
Collection containing 193,000 fragments of manuscripts as
significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Very exciting. If you’re a nerd, historian, or bookworm. Which I am. Books are the best and safest method of time travel next to a Tardis.