Brit school finds books owned by Isaac Newton
London, Feb 3 : A dusty box of books discarded at the bottom of a cupboard in the physics laboratory has turned out to be the work of Sir Isaac Newton.
The textbooks, which were unearthed at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Staffordshire, are more than 300 years old and contain the musings of the man credited with the discovery of gravity, the Daily Express reported.
The discovery, estimated by auctioneers to be worth thousands of pounds, was made by sixth-form physics student Will Garside working on recording artefacts from around the school site.
The 16-year-old said that he didn't realise how special they were at first but said that it was interesting to see books from such a long time ago and he hopes that they will stay with the school.
The books contain Newton's Laws of Motion and an account of the principles of gravity spanning more than 1,000 pages.
The set of three volumes is believed to have been the property of the first headmaster, Francis Elliot Kitchener - a keen scientist who was at the school from 1874.
Julie Hesketh, the school's marketing and development manager, said that he doesn't think that they will sell them because they are of such historical importance.
He added that they were currently researching the books to find out as much as possible about them.
The three books are named Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Latin for mathematical principles of natural philosophy and they were first published on July 5, 1687.