A Little Fun in a Historical Context

Following the great success of OpenStack Day UK Bristol (at which I presented for StackHPC), I invited Jonathan Bryce and Lauren Sell to call in and see the team at Cambridge University and talk scientific compute on OpenStack. To our great delight, they accepted!

How do you entertain such VIP guests? We talked radio astronomy, medical informatics and genomics. OpenStack's momentum in research computing brings it to new territory, in which it could be argued that OpenStack's supporting role in the advancement of science leads in some small way to the advancement of humanity...

Cambridge: A Player on the World Stage for 800 Years

To mark the occasion, we thought of a bit of historical fun. To coincide with the release of OpenStack's 14th version, known as "Newton", we went in search of some memorabilia of Isaac Newton, father of the laws of motion, theories of gravity and co-creator of mathematical calculus.

At Trinity College, the Wren library holds a precious first edition of his work. We were lucky on the timing of our visit: that day they had received a third edition, dating from 1726, which we could handle.

Principia Mathematica, first edition

Isaac Newton's first edition of Principia Mathematica, safely in its case in the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge

Principia Mathematica, first edition

Lauren Sell and Jonathan Bryce from the OpenStack Foundation

Principia Mathematica, first edition

L-R Lauren Sell, Stig Telfer, Jonathan Bryce, Paul Calleja, John Taylor


With thanks to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge.