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2010-01-18 12:30:45

An 18th-century chronicle of Isaac Newton's theory on gravity was made available to the public for the first time via the Internet on Monday, according to the Associated Press. The chance encounter with the apple is one of the most celebrated tales in the science world. The faded document can be viewed online in its original cursive script, recorded by William Stukeley, Newton's associate. Keith Moore, a librarian of the Royal Society said the story has resonated for centuries. It is chock...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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