History buffs will surely be happy about this latest news. A searchable, full historical archive of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (PTRS) is now available online at no charge. You too can view a PDF copy of Newton’s first letter to PTRS (on color theory), as well as Franklin’s description of the kite-in-lightning-storm experiment.

We found this interesting and yes, cool information on The Guardian in their article, “Royal Society makes historical journal archives open access.” The release of these papers opens a very fascinating window into the history of scientific progress over the last few centuries. It should be of interest to anybody who wants to understand how science has evolved since the days of the Royal Society’s foundation. I know it is of interest to me.

Melody K. Smith

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