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  • Anne McLaren’s Notebook

    Notebook Created date: 1955

    Dame Anne McLaren (1927 – 2007) was a developmental biologist who pioneered techniques that led to human in vitro fertil...

  • Charles Darwin's natural selection letter

    Letter Created date: 1866

    Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) was a naturalist who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection which was publish...

  • Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology

    Book Created date: 1830-33

    In his three volume book Principles of Geology, Charles Lyell (1797–1875) argued for the gradual change of the earth and...

  • Chinese star chart

    Manuscript, Map Created date: c. 700 AD

    The Chinese star chart is the earliest known manuscript atlas of the night sky. It was produced in central China around...

  • Copernicus' celestial spheres

    Book Created date: 1515-32

    Since the time of Aristotle in the 5th century BCE, western learning advocated that heavenly bodies revolved around the...

  • Galileo's sunspot letters

    Letter, Manuscript Created date: 1612

    These letters record astronomical observations made by the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)....

  • George Price’s letter to William Hamilton

    Letter Created date: 28/7/1969

    George R. Price (1922-1975) was an American physical chemist turned evolutionary biologist who is best known for derivin...

  • Goodyear Patent, 1855

    patent

    The British Library is the UK’s national patent library. The patent collection was established in the mid-19th century a...

  • Invention of photography – Talbot, 'An oak tree in...

    Calotype negative and salted paper print Created date: c.1842-43

    Photography has revolutionised culture and communication from its beginnings up to the present day. With its invention i...

  • John Ray's A Book of Fishes

    Book, Manuscript, Drawing, Illustration Created date: c 1686

    John Ray (1628-1705) was a naturalist, philosopher and theologian. Ray’s main innovation in the field of taxonomy was th...

  • Leonardo da Vinci's notebook

    Notebook Created date: c. 1478 – 1518

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, kept notes and drawings of his studies, idea...

  • Letter from Ada Lovelace to Charles Babbage

    Letter, Manuscript Created date: 10 July 1843

    Ada Lovelace (1815-52) was the daughter of Lord Byron. She was educated to be a mathematician because her mother feared...

  • Letter from Alan Turing to W Ross Ashby

    Letter Created date: 1946

    Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954) was a mathematician and computer scientist. He is best known for his code-breaking work...

  • Newton's Principia Mathematica

    Book

    Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) not only proposed the law of gravity and the three laws of motion, but he is also credited ...

  • Pages from W. Ross Ashby’s journal

    Journal Created date: 1948

    William Ross Ashby (1903-1972) was a pioneer in cybernetics – the study of the control of human and animal systems by te...