The fourth issue of 600 Years of Book Collecting will be available for sale from the Main Library next Wednesday, the 12th of February. This issue, the first of this semester, looks at books from the Library’s collection which tell the story of “Astronomy & Mathematics ” at St Andrews. Scholars at St Andrews have been looking to the night sky since the 15th century, and the appointment of James Gregory in 1668 as the first Regius Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews established the University as a leading scientific institution. From early copies of Euclid’s Elements to the first CD-ROMs owned by the University, the University Library supplies the books, journals and electronic resources to further mathematical and astronomical investigation at within the University today.
“Astronomy & Mathematics ” features first editions of some of the greatest scientific and mathematic works to ever be published, many of which have been sitting on St Andrews’ shelves since they were published; including Karl Friedrich Gauss’s Disquisitiones Arithmeticae and Isaac Newton’s Principia. Also featured are works by two great St Andrean scientists, James Gregory‘s Optica Promota and John Napier‘s Rabdologiae.
Each issue of 600 Years of Book Collecting features a full chronological listing of the entire series, and each issue also features a part of a visual timeline of the University Library’s history. This series brings together the clarity of modern design and the inherent beauty of the Library’s strongest asset — its books. At £3 each, these beautiful magazines are a beautiful introduction to the University Library’s holdings and a great way to get excited about the Library and the University of St Andrews, recently named Scottish University of the Year 2014.