Monday, November 30, 2009

Trailblazing: The Royal Society's Interactive Timeline of Science

The Royal Society of London is celebrating the beginning of its 350th anniversary in 2010 by releasing free PDFs of some of their most fascinating and influential papers, from Issac Newton's theories on light and color in a letter written in 1672, to James Lovelock's 2008 paper on Geoengineering.  All the papers are shown in chronological order on their Trailblazer timeline, which also includes some short introductions to each work, along with other historical events for context.  

One of my personal favorites is a memoir of Barbara McClintock, a geneticist who made important discoveries regarding gene transpositions and, strangely enough, inspired and shaped a lot of my own research processes and ideas.  Take some time and check these papers out. 


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