[FOM] Good gnus for Russell Scholars
Nimish_Shah at onetel.com
Mon May 1 07:25:00 EDT 2006
I would like to add my support to Thomas' request. Although I have a
copy of "Principia Mathematica to *56" CUP, 1999 it would be nice to
have all three volumes on CD. If you then follow up with "The
Mathematical Papers of Isacc Newton.'', 8 Volumes by D.T. Whiteside,
then I think the world will love you, well maybe not all the world but
a good sizable part will!
With kind regards,
On Sunday 30 April 2006 11:51 am, Thomas Forster wrote:
> I have for some time been trying to persuade Cambridge University
> Press to issue Russell-and-Whitehead Principia Mathematica on a CD in
> a suitable searchable format of some kind (not just a lot of jpg
> files!) I had lunch with Roger Astley the other day and had - as
> usual - armed myself with further evidence that this would be a Good
> Thing, only to discover that i had already convinced him and the
> matter was in hand! It seems that the plan is to issue it in pdf.
> God knows how they will deal with all those funny characters but they
> seem to think they can do it. Publication date not yet announced and
> i'm not allowed to include one in the authorised rumours lest this
> tempt fate.
> Now will be able to actually do some serious research on this
> document - and will be able to afford to buy it! (It's always
> annoyed me that the price of second-hand copies has been kept
> artificially high by innumerate bibliophiles.)
> I think this may also be a straw in the wind that CUP are going to
> issue other things on their list in the same format - other things
> that scholars might want to mine. There are people who distribute
> electronic copies of works that are out of copyright (i have txt
> files of the Alice books from this source) but this looks like a
> welcome new development.
> If you think this is a Good Thing then email rastley at cambridge.org to
> tell him he's a hero.
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