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  • Royal Society Digital Journal Archive

    This announcement came today from the Royal Society. Note that free access to
    the archives ends in February so this is the time to browse.


    Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L co-moderator


    The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive, dating back to 1665 and containing
    around 65,000 articles, is completely FREE to access until 1 February 2009.

    The Royal Society Digital Archive is easily the most comprehensive archive in
    science. Seminal papers include Isaac Newton’s invention of the reflecting
    telescope, accounts of Michael Faraday’s groundbreaking series of electrical
    experiments, and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking

    The Archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last
    343 years including: Halley's description of 'his comet' in 1705; details of
    the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond
    Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the
    discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin.

    It also contains papers documenting the discovery of new planets, the first
    descriptions of organisms through a microscope, and the first account of
    photography. Early papers contain fascinating descriptions of how Captain
    James Cook preserved the health of his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour and the
    astonishment of 18th century Society at the performance of an eight year-old

    Find out more about the Archive at
    or access the Archive directly at