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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Royal Society's historical journal archive provides access to scientific pioneers' early work

Last week, The Royal Society announced that it would provide permanent, free access to its historical journal archive.

The first edition of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions appeared in 1665 and its publication continues today. According to information provided from the Society, items available in the historical archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, writings by a young Charles Darwin and a letter from Benjamin Franklin detailing his experiments with electricity.

Users can browse through individual issues or search by date, author, or keyword. The image above, a Currier & Ives print of Franklin’s kite experiment, comes from the Library of Congress.

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