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‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’, Sir Isaac Newton once wrote of his extraordinary scientific achievements. This sale pays tribute to four brilliant minds – Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking – whose discoveries definitively shaped our understanding of the universe. Lots range from a manuscript by Newton exploring his fascination with alchemy to letters by Darwin discussing natural selection and an offprint of Einstein’s great paper on general relativity. The sale concludes with a remarkable group of lots from the estate of Professor Stephen Hawking, including the original typescript of his thesis, a selection of his medals and awards, and a signed (with a thumbprint) copy of A Brief History of Time. The final lot of the sale, a wheelchair used by Hawking, is sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Christie's London, King Street
30 October - 6 November