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"So that's how it looks like," I thought as I stared at a blurred image on Cambridge U's 800th anniversary portrait. The page shows a document stamped S E C R E T. I leafed through and tinkered with the text mode of my camera. But the real fun was just setting eyes on things for the first time. It makes up for not having been to any museum in awhile. Besides, I'm not sure how easy or difficult some of these things are to view from anywhere other than the book. This is what I meant on my T13 last week when I said, "into my lap a treasure fell..."

1. Extract from the annotated first edition of Principia Mathematica, 1686

2. Undergraduate record card of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine


3. A 3D silicon nanostructure fabricated using chemical vapour deposition


4. In the pages of the Blue Boy Magazine, err... the Varsity

5. John Milton's manuscript of Lycidas

6. Ernest Rutherford's notes on the structure of the atom


7. The Chancellor's Medal, 1813, awarded annually for the best poem in English written by a student.

8. Roger Morris's index to the Entring Book, an important record of life in the late 17th century

9. A page from the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian Book of Kings

10. Nobel Prize certificate awarded to Paul Dirac in 1933 for the discovery, with Erwin Schrodinger, of new productive forms of atomic theory

11. Charter of Edward I, 1291/2, confirming the privileges of the University.

12. Title page of the first book published by Cambridge University Press

13. Fragment of a Genizah manuscript

Megan and Janet host Thursday Thirteen

Comments

Anonymous said…
Wow those are some old pages I tell ya. :) I love that medal :) Could you imagine being smart enough to write about an atom? Genius :)
Hazel said…
Nope, Thom but I'm glad evidence of their genius are around for us to gawk on, lol!
Xakara said…
Thank you so much for following up, I've been curious about the book. Absolutely wonderful pages! Thank you for sharing. :)

~Xakara
A 13 Paragraph Sneak Peak into Secrets of Night
Hazel said…
Oh now I'm glad I did. Thanks, Xakara :)
Judy said…
Neat pictures! Thanks. Would be interesting to read some of the poems selected to receive the Chancellor's Medal.

Happy TT!
Hazel said…
Hi Judy, perhaps they're available on the net. The book mentioned an awardee of this medal. I'll get back to it some time.
I am Harriet said…
Wow. that is a great t-13!

Have a great Thursday!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/10/dorothy-is-my-favorite/
Alice Audrey said…
Wow. What a strong sense of place these give.
Hazel said…
Thanks, Harriet.

Alice, right on!
sherilee said…
Fun idea for a list!

Happy TT.
Heather said…
Online library and museum archives ROCK! I get the rss feed for our state historical society, and love browsing through the new images and documents uploaded every week. The only bad thing about the online archives? It's soooo easy to get sucked in for an hour...or ten. *g*

Thanks for visiting yesterday!

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