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September 14, 2006

The Royal Society puts their 340 years of publications online

close up of Royal Society report from Benjamin Franklin

If you're a history of science junkie (or if you just like looking at cool old stuff) this is great news. For the rest of the year, England's Royal Society is offering their archives -- all 340 years of it -- on line for free viewing. This is an unbelievable collection of stuff. Among the highlights:

Benjamin Franklin's report on his experiments with electricity.

Francis Crick and James Watson describe the double helix structure of DNA.

Alexander Fleming's discovery of pennicillin.

After the New Year, the archives will still be available, but at a cost (between 8 and 25 pounds (U.K.) per article). Hopefully, the good press the Royal Society is getting from the free trial will persuade them to make the free offer permanent.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 14, 2006 10:18 AM