Historical Book and Manuscript Collection
July 17, 2006. The Clay Mathematics Institute, in cooperation with its partners at Libraries Without Walls and the contributing libraries, announces a program to make digital facsimiles of significant historical mathematical books and manuscripts freely available.
The initial collection consists of the oldest extant manuscript and printed editions of Euclid's Elements, in Greek (888 AD) and Latin (1482 AD), respectively. Other work will be added in the coming year. Look also for enhancements to the viewer softare.
High resolution copies of the manuscript are available for study at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University and at the Clay Mathematics Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Full online editions are available at CMI, Libraries Without Walls and at rarebookroom.org. More ....
The first printed edition of Euclid's Elements, Elementarum Euclidis, appeared in Venice in 1482 through the work of Aldus Manutius, see rarebookroom.org. It will also be posted on Libraries without Walls.
The manuscript in which Riemann formulated his famous conjecture about the the zeroes of the zeta function.
The "Klein Protokolle," comprising 8600 pages in twenty-nine volumes, record the activity of Felix Klein's seminar in Goettingen for the years 1872-1912.
This image on the left is from Volume I, page 113, the seminar "Ueber die Gruppe der Modulargleichung fuer Transformation pter Ordnung und specielle ueber die Transformation 25ter de elliptischer functionone." Seminar of Sunday, February 14, 1880.
Digitization of the Klein Protokolle was carried out by Libraries without Walls under the direction of Chet Grycz with photography by Ardon bar Hama. Our thanks to Yuri Tschinkel at the Mathematische Institut in Goettingen for making this project possible.
See Libraries Without Walls for the complete collection of the Klein Protokolle.