Royal Society 'aged' back catalog free, permanently

By Grant Jacobs 27/10/2011


There’s going to be some happy science historians, including amateur ones. (And just plain ol‘ scientists, too.)

Phil_trans_indexReaders who have followed this blog for some time, might recall me writing about the Royal Society of London opening it’s full collection for a period in 2010.

The Royal Society website has now announced that the back catalog for work older than 70 yeas old is open to anyone, free of cost, permanently.

Great stuff.

The opening of this ‘aged’ portion of the archive is timed to coincide with Open Access Week, promoting promoting Open Access scholarship and research.

There are gems to be found if you hunt around, including works by some of the giants of science. Franklin. Newton. Boyle. Huxley. Darwin. The list goes on.

In another post, I cited passages from one of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s manuscripts that I found, ’Here English’d: concerning Little Animals by Him Observed in Rain-Well-Sea. and Snow Water; as Also in Water Wherein Pepper Had Lain Infused’ that described microbial life observed by his microscopes, some having ’two little horns’ (probably flagella).

I can recommended exploring the early editions of the Philsophical Transactions, the oldest scientific publication – dating from 1665. One thing that brings added value to reading the early manuscript is that they are presented as scanned copies, so you can read the original type.

While you can search the archive, in many ways I prefer to just browse. Have fun!

Tip: to find the very earliest editions, go to the bottom of the archive page and click on the link there (or just use the link I’ve provided).

Other articles on Code for life:

137 years of Popular Science back issues, free

Ancient books (or I’d rather be reading)

Royal science

Royal Society publishing free to read, 1665 — today

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