Online Primary Sources: The Publications of the Royal Society

In 2011, The Royal Society announced that it had made its entire article archives open to the public. This allows researchers to review the Philosophical Transactions, the world’s first peer-reviewed journal, back to 1665. In addition, the Society’s Proceedings,  as well as its other titles, are now freely available. You can read articles by  Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and James Cook to name a few. In addition, you can trace the painful search for calculating longitude through the Society’s publications (the oldest article dates from 1665); you can also search for naval topics such as scurvy  Over 60,000 articles are available providing an historical glimpse into the development of science in the Western world. The search screen is found here. Enjoy!

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