Isaac Newton: Physics for a Moving Earth opened in time to celebrate the astronomer’s birth on Christmas Day, 1642. The exhibition, which presented Newton’s achievements in astronomy and mathematics, completed a year of science-related exhibitions curated by the Eames Office for IBM.
The traveling exhibition incorporated festive garlands and trees as well as drawings and artifacts from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Christmas celebrations.
This included a wassail bowl, plum pudding, pie, a Christmas box, a wren box, and objects associated with the “Lord of Misrule” (one chosen to direct the sports and revels of an English family during the Christmas holidays). In addition, Isaac Newton displayed large, hanging photographs taken by Charles in England and Italy.
After its run at the IBM Corporate Exhibit Center, the show traveled extensively both nationally and internationally.