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    Feb 2002
    Gallatin, TN

    Cool Get 'em While They're Free! 340 Years of Science Writings!

    From the Royal Society of London!
    The complete archive of the Royal Society journals, including some of the most significant scientific papers ever published since 1665, is to be made freely available electronically for the first time today (14th September 2006) for a two month period.

    The archive contains seminal research papers including accounts of Michael Faraday's groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope, and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking.
    Some of the more obscure papers explore rudimentary prototypes of modern day technology. Trials proposed by Robert Boyle in 1665 hypothesize on the possibilities of blood transfusions, pondering "Whether a fierce dog stocked with the blood of a cowardly dog may not become more tame?". A forerunner for ventilators was also discussed in a paper by Robert Hooke in 1667 entitled "An account of an experiment made by Mr. Hook [sic], of preserving animals alive by blowing through their lungs with bellows".
    The archive will be freely available online until December 2006 and, following this period, will be available as part of Royal Society journal subscription packages or alternatively on a-pay per-view basis.
    Direct link to archives. Well, I know what I'm going to be doing for the next two months whenever I have a spare moment. :::starts singing "Geek out!" to the tune of Le Freak:::

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    Join Date
    Apr 2001


    Great link! Thanks.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005


    thanks for the link. In the early stuff, reading Boyle, Hook et al is very neat, what an time. If you share an interest in this amazing era when science blossomed, you might enjoy the three books of the The Baroque Cycle written by Neal Stephenson, which although fiction brings this time to life and is interwoven around the Royal Society.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Sunny So Cal


    Cool...But, when I look at more current journals it says I must be a subscriber? Maybe it's just this year that you have to be subscribed...JRouche

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