Safely resting in the archives of our Library lives a copy of the text that rewrote the rule book on Earth and space Principia (Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica), recently featured on ABC’s 7.30 report.
First published in 1687, the text is one of the most important books on natural philosophy in which Newton establishes the modern science of dynamics and outlines his three laws of motion.
The University of Sydney copy is one of only four known copies that were sent by Newton and his assistant Roger Cotes to other mathematicians in order to eliminate any errors in a second edition. The other copies are all located in the Northern Hemisphere – two in the University of Cambridge Library and one in the Library of Trinity College.
The report uncovers how the Library came to have this important copy and the significance of the rare text.
need to analyse large volumes of text in your research? Would you like your
class to learn about text and data mining research methods? The Library can
assist with our new text and data mining support service.
is the process of applying computational methods to large scale text datasets
to discover new insights that may not be revealed through reading and analysis
at a human scale. This approach can open-up new areas of scholarly enquiry,
enhance your research practise or provide your students with new research
Library is currently trialling a text and data mining support service for
Higher Degree Research Students and Academic Staff.
the support services include:
Access to online information & subscribed tools
Advice on resources for text and data mining
Consultation on text and data mining concepts
Consultation for forming a search strategy for corpora creation
Delivery of lectures and hands on training sessions for undergraduate classes
Negotiation for expansion of Library subscribed collections & digitised cultural collections for mining
The Library is excited to announce that this October, together with the State Library of NSW, we will be hosting the inaugural Sydney Rare Book Week: A week-long program of free talks and events to celebrate the importance of everything books: literature, publishing, book production, collecting & more.
Sydney Rare Book Week will
be held at venues across Sydney from Sunday, 27 October to Saturday, 2
November 2019. There is something for everyone – talks and lectures, walking tours,
exhibitions, hands on workshops, and behind the scenes visits. The free events held here at the University
of Sydney include:
ever used a letterpress? This workshop is an introduction to hand-printing
using the University of Sydney Library’s Piscator Press. The course includes an
overview of the history of letterpress printing, showing examples from our Rare
Books & Special Collections.
Register for your opportunity to try the Piscator Press yourself &
create your own print to take home.
& Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library holds a first
edition copy of Dante’s Divine comedy printed in Venice in 1497. In 2017 a
chance discovery by a Librarian of an inscription and sketch in the back of
this book has revealed the inscription to be a notice of the death of the
elusive Venetian Renaissance artist, Giorgione, and the sketch, of the Madonna
and Child, has since been attributed to him.
Join Jaynie Anderson, Professor Emeritus in Art History at the University of Melbourne, and international expert on Giorgione discussing this remarkable find and its implications for rewriting Venetian art history.
Sydney Rare Book Week will conclude with the Sydney Rare Book Fair at MacLaurin Hall on Friday 1st November 1pm to 7pm & Saturday 2nd November 10am to 4pm.
the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB),
Australian and international booksellers will display a broad, diverse and
interesting selection of books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera, including early
printed books, historical accounts of travel, prints, literature, art,
militaria, and children’s books.
already have your own personal library and wish to add to it or would like to
know more about book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world
of rare and antiquarian books with experts in the field.
Did you know that out of the estimated 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia, 120 are still spoken and approximately 90% are endangered?
This year in the Library, we’ve started a project to add in additional spelling variations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages into our records.
Now you can more easily search & discover items in our collections that feature Indigenous Australian languages.
For example, whether your preferred spelling is “Kamilaroi”, “Gamilaraay” or Gamilaroi, you’ll now be able to find resources like Gagan = Colours, a picture book written for Gamilaraay language learners by Suellyn Tighe, a Gamilaraay woman and University of Sydney graduate.
“Our languages are inextricably linked to who we are. It encapsulates our identity and connection to country whilst maintaining links to the past, present and future through our stories and songs” says Suellyn Tighe.
This work is also timely as the United Nations General Assembly have declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019). Australian indigenous languages are increasingly recognised as a precious global resource and IY2019 is an opportunity to raise awareness and to provide an opportunity to achieve positive change through improving the promotion and preservation of these languages.
“The importance of our languages being spoken between generations can not be undervalued or replaced. We are fortunate to live in times when technologies can assist us to ensure that our languages are not forgotten. It does not replace human interaction, though it does provide us with the opportunity and ability to ensure our and future generations have a connection to ancestral belonging and knowledge.” says Suellyn Tighe.
This project is based on AUSTLANG,
an online resource developed by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), which provides comprehensive information on
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken across Australia in an
effort to preserve our Indigenous Australian languages and what we know about
This NAIDOC week, you can learn more about the languages of Australia by looking up your local language using the AUSTLANG website and searching our Library for language resources.
Her project ‘A Bird is in the Library’ brings together her passion for print techniques, text, libraries, and birds. It anticipates engagement with library users in an imaginative journey via letterpress and the architecture of the library and its systems.
Stay tuned for more updates coming… Watch for the birds!
In January 2017 the Library started to implement eReserve, a system to enhance student discovery of unit of study readings and make the process easier and more efficient for academics and library staff.
eReserve will make it easier for students to find and access their readings.
What we think you will love about the new system?
Simple and user friendly interface
Seamless access to readings located in one place embedded within Blackboard, no more having to check another system
Can see comments from your lecturer about specific readings
Readings are grouped into weeks that align with your lecture pattern
For Faculty staff
Faster processing – more control for academic staff enabling short notice additions to your lists
More transparency – you can see at all times the status of the reading lists (e.g. active, being processed, pending, need review)
Lecturers can see the number of times an item is viewed by students
Academics can get fast support from Library staff via the Help link
A system for tracking and controlling copyright and enhanced copyright reporting
Readings are located within Blackboard (soon to be Canvas)
Various format reading resources can be uploaded (e.g. web links; AV/DVD, PDF)
Successful pilot projects
So far we successfully tested the system for the Sydney Law School, Psychology, Public Health and SLAM during Summer School and Semester 1. The response has been positive from both academics and students.
The Semester 2, 2017 phase will include the Sydney Nursing School and Faculty of Health Sciences and selected units of study from the University of Sydney Business School. Faculties and Schools not part of the Semester 2, 2017 phase will be transitioned to the new system Semester 1, 2018. The Library will be in contact with faculty staff before reading lists are transitioned into the new system.