Oct.2, 2012

The 3D scan of Newton's Death Mask was created by Microsoft Cambridge using a normal X-box Kinect scanner and their own software.

(Newton's death mask)

The death mask in this video is one of several prepared shortly after Newton's death, probably by the artist Michael Rysbrack. Rysbrack sculpted Newton's features in marble for his tomb at Westminster Abbey. It is likely he used one or more of these death masks to ensure accuracy.


This particular mask was owned by the 18th century French sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac, who carved a marble bust of Newton, now located at Trinity College Cambridge. This death mask was donated to the Royal Society by Hunter Christie in 1839.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727), recognised as the greatest scientist of his era, was an English physicist and mathematician. Newton's single greatest work, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published in 1687. In this book, Newton describes how a universal force, gravity, applies to all objects in all parts of the universe. The Principia, as the book is commonly known, is generally considered to be one of the most important scientific books ever written and was the primary exemplar for setting standards for scientific publication that are maintained to the present day.


At the time of his death in March 1727, Newton was President of the Royal Society. He was buried at Westminster Abbey and this death mask is held in the archives of the Royal Society.


Source: guardian


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ken schmitt wrote at 10/3/2012 3:53:14 AM:

Ive gotten better results than that, with reconstuctme and glasses on the front. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17110473/kenphong.jpg and https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17110473/facebook/kinectglasses.jpg

cassetti wrote at 10/2/2012 5:08:15 PM:

Can I get an STL of this? Ha ha

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