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Our reissue of Newton’s second major book and one of the great works in the history of science; in a modern editorial design.
Our reissue of Newton’s second major book and one of the great works in the history of science; in a modern editorial design.
Our reissue of Newton’s second major book and one of the great works in the history of science; in a modern editorial design.
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The Book

Our understanding of light and color begins with Isaac Newton. In the 1660s he began a series of experiments analyzing the nature of light - passing it through prism lenses demonstrating that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors (or hues): red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Credit: Apic Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Credit: Apic Hulton Archive / Getty Images

After more than 30 years of experiments, tests and discoveries, he released Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light in 1704.

Written in English and in a simpler form, it was made more accessible to a wider audience (in comparison to Principia), but without affecting its influence over physical science.

The first, 1704, edition of Opticks
The first, 1704, edition of Opticks

It is considered one of the great works of science in history.

Einstein’s Forward to Opticks, 1931:

Fortunate Newton, happy childhood of science! He who has time and tranquility can by reading this book live again the wonderful events which the great Newton experienced in his young days. Nature to him was an open book, whose letters he could read without effort. The conceptions which he used to reduce the material of existence to order seemed to flow spontaneously from experience itself, from the beautiful experiments which he ranged in order like playthings and describes with an affectionate wealth of detail. On one person he combined the experimenter, the theorist, the mechanic and, not least, the artist in exposition.

—Albert Einstein 

The spectrum of light, the invention of the reflecting telescope, the first theory of how raindrops refract sunlight to form rainbows, the first color circle....it opened minds in physics, optics, natural sciences and the arts.

Our reissue of Isaac Newton’s Opticks

There is no art without perception of colors and light.

We have set out to create a unique book, following the philosophy of our previous books. A book able to capture the attention not only of scientists excited about the science of Newton, but also artists or designers.

We have created a book where color is the protagonist. From a cover that reflects the light to show us the tones that Newton described, to interiors tinted by his rainbow.

The cover is made with a reflective paper that makes it ‘interactive’. As you move it - the light angles change and colors are shown. Just as Newton did with the sunlight through the prisms.

The inner pages are also colored, making gradient color changes throughout the book and differentiating the sections through different colors. Turning the book into an explosion of color, with an elegant layout.

Each chapter is defined by a new colour - following a colour gradient. Once you are within that chapter, the colour remains along the interior spine. This pattern repeats until the end of the book.

Kronecker Wallis Opticks reissue features:

  • 148 x 210 mm size (din-A5) 
  • Around 500 pages 
  • Holographic film cover 
  • Engravings in stamping 
  • Spine lined in cloth 
  • Gradient colored interior pages

This book will be unique, made almost by hand, with a small print run. A beautiful book to collect, touch, browse or offer as a gift. Transmitting the scientific culture that Newton gave us.

Why we need YOU? We are a small independent publishing company, so guaranteeing the costs of the first print is vital to the success of our project. Without your support, we simply could not absorb the costs of starting this project. We need your support!

Project rewards

1) Newton's Principia book

With Isaac Newton’s Principia we took a different approach to the editorial design, than what is typically found in mathematical or physics texts. We created a very detailed design; working with a creative binding technique which allowed us to present the three books as individual art objects.

The three main chapters of Principia are bound separately as three individual books, all contained within the main cover. We wanted its “wrapping” to be visually appealing and different. Therefore, we have opted for visible binding that leaves the spine bare, displaying a part of the books that usually remains hidden.

More details and photos: https://www.kroneckerwallis.com/product/isaac-newtons-principia/

2) Euclid's Elements book

Euclid’s Elements has been referred to as the most successful and influential textbook ever written. It was one of the very earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press and has been estimated to be second only to the Bible.

How do you do something different with Elements? Something different from the other Elements that exist and different from our reissue of Principia? Elements is too a public text and widely known and shared. We wanted a challenge – something that would allow us to continue applying art within science. To create something unique again.

Oliver Byrne was our answer. Byrne was an English engineer who re-wrote the first six books of the Elements of Euclid with a totally new and innovative language. He transformed the tedious geometric references to which we are accustomed, into visual concepts.

We can not categorically state why Oliver Byrne stopped at the sixth book, but it is true that the first six are purely geometric themes. They are subsequently followed by books that deal with arithmetic or mixed themes; complicating further the application of their visual language. So it is at this point in our adventure, that we accept the challenge. Together with a team of mathematical experts, university teachers and post-doctorates who will accompany us – we will finish the work of Oliver Byrne and completing with his style – all the thirteen books of Elements.

Our book is currently under development. And it is on pre-order.

More details and photos: https://www.kroneckerwallis.com/product/euclids-elements-completing-oliver-byrnes-work/ 

3) Newton's College Notebook

As described by Cambridge Library:

"This small notebook was probably used by Newton from about 1664 to 1665. It contains notes from his reading on mathematics and geometry, showing particularly the influence of John Wallis and René Descartes. It also provides evidence of the development of Newton’s own mathematical thinking, including his study of infinite series and development of binomial theorem, the evolution of the differential calculus, and its application to the problem of quadratures and integration."

More info and images here: https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-04000/

We are going to print 1.500 notebooks for the first print-run. We don't know yet if the future holds a second print-run, so do take this opportunity!

Rewards with Opticks are limited to a number of users, as we can't make more than 1.500 on our first print-run.

We will made a facsimile version; meaning all interior pages will be as per the original (as you can see in these photos):

Risks and challenges

This is a very thorough and meticulously-produced edition, so in order to fund the costs of printing the book and offer it at an affordable price, we plan to launch this crowdfunding campaign.

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