DURHAM Cathedral started a new series of Show and Tell events on Saturday (October 12) with a session devoted to early mathematical books.

Its collection of books and manuscripts includes Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica published in 1713, a first edition of Euclid’s Elementa Geometria published in Venice in 1482, and early 12th multiplication tables of Hermannus Contractus, a German Benedictine monk who in his day, was recognised as a mathematical genius.

Gabirel Sewell, Head of Collections at the Cathedral says, “The collections of historic artefacts, manuscripts and printed books at Durham Cathedral are a vital part of the Cathedral’s heritage.

“They represent the history of over 1,000 years of the Cathedral community, from the life of the monastic Priory, the Cathedral and the Diocese of Durham. Events such as Show and Tells are always lovely occasions to share what we have with visitors."

Future Show and Tell events looking at other aspects of the collection take place on November 9, December 14, January 11, and February 8.

Tickets at £5 (£4 concessions) are available from the Durham World Heritage Centre 0191-334 3805 or on the day at the Cathedral. Booking is advised as places are limited.