Isaac Newton
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enThe Isaac Newton Institute: Creating eureka moments
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<p>The Isaac Newton Institute celebrates its 20th birthday this year, having opened in July 1992. To join in the celebrations we bring you a selection of articles exploring some of the research programmes that have been held there. The Institute asked us to produce these articles in 2010 and we were honoured by being afforded this rare glimpse behind its venerable doors. And as you'll see, what started out as abstract mathematics scribbled on the back of a napkin can have major impact in the real world.</p>
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<div class="rightimage" style="width: 300px;"><img src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/packages/2012/ini/daffodils.jpg" alt="Daffodils outside the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge." width="300" height="189" /><p>Daffodils and mathematical art outside the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaac-newton-institute" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/isaac-newton-institute#commentsIsaac NewtonNewton InstituteThu, 19 Jul 2012 08:53:12 +0000mf3445721 at http://plus.maths.org/contentNewton and the kissing problem
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In 1694, a famous discussion between two of the leading scientists of the day - <b>Isaac Newton</b> and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. The discussion concerned the <b>kissing problem</b>, but it was to be another 260 years before the problem was finally solved. </div>
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<h2>Twelve's Company, Thirteen's a Crowd</h2>
<p>In 1694, a famous discussion between two of the leading scientists of the day - Isaac Newton and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. Their dispute concerned the "kissing problem." But don't get your hopes up. The term <i>kissing</i> in this context has nothing to do with the gesture of affection: here the verb <i>kiss</i> refers to the game of billiards, where it
signifies two balls that just touch each other.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/newton-and-kissing-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/newton-and-kissing-problem#comments23David Gregoryhistory of mathematicsIsaac Newtonkissing problempackingpacking problemsplane geometryWed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2219 at http://plus.maths.org/content