Selected items from a huge collection of Sir Issaac Newton’s papers and memorabilia will return to Babson College in Wellesley in September for an exclusive showing. The collection of writings, engravings and other Newtonia assembled by Grace Babson (the wife of school founder Roger Babson) has been on loan to Huntington Library in California.
The materials will be displayed at the Sorenson Center for the Arts on Sept. 20-21 as part of Babson’s continuing centennial celebration and you must pre-register if you want to check them out. A Sept. 22 lecture titled “Forces of Genius: Newton, Babson, and Huntington, from Nature’s Laws to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise,” will be delivered by Huntington Library curators (RSVP to lecture).
Roger Babson incorporated Newtonian Physics, such as the third law of motion (“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”), into personal and business endeavors, according to the school.
One continuing reminder of Newton on Babson’s campus is a grove of apple trees located between Tomasso Hall and Lunder Admission Center. They are said to be descendents of the famous tree that Newton claimed inspired his theory of gravitation.