History of Science
The Center's astronomy materials are enhanced by the voluminous manuscripts, articles, and books of the Herschel family, by Cassini's map of the moon, and by first and significant editions of pioneers such as Copernicus (two copies of De Revolutionibus), Galileo, and Kepler. Physics is represented by a small collection of Einstein manuscripts and publications and by the Owen Richardson materials (manuscripts and atomic treatises) and the Haskell Norman collection. There are first editions of most of Newton's important works, including the Opticks and the Principia. The exhaustive Van Wijk Collection contains a wealth of material on chronology.
The Ransom Center is especially rich in accounts and published results of voyages of scientific discovery, including those of Humboldt, Cook, Magellan, and Fitzroy. In connection with the last there is an exceptional collection of editions of the works of his botanist, Charles Darwin. For other botanical holdings, see the Lundell Collection.