BBC reports that the world’s oldest scientific academy, the Royal Society, has made its historical journal, which includes over 8000 scientific papers, permanently free to access online.

You can reach all the old journal articles from this page at the Royal Society by selecting a journal and going to past issues.”

Royal Society Science

Over the centuries, many important scientific discoveries have been published in the Philosophical Transactions

The plague, the Great Fire of London and even the imprisonment of its editor – just a few of the early setbacks that hit the Royal Society’s early editions of the Philosophical Transactions. But against the odds the publication, which first appeared in 1665, survived. Its archives offer a fascinating window on the history of scientific progress over the last few centuries.

Nestling amongst illustrious papers by Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin are some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution, including gruesome tales of students being struck by lightning and experimental blood transfusions.

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Galileo's sketches of the moon from the Starry Messenger, 1610

 

 

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