RE: [xmca] Online archive

From: Cunningham, Donald James (
Date: Wed Sep 20 2006 - 18:18:20 PDT

WOW! Thanks Phil, what a great resource.

This is by no means as rare but I really found them to be very

 I have the full length articles if any of you are interested.

PS: these must be interesting times in Thailand. Anything you can share?

Don Cunningham
Indiana University
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Legends online

IT WAS a celebrated experiment demonstrating the electrical nature of
lightning. And it's just gone electronic.

Benjamin Franklin's 1752 paper describing how he conducted lightning
with a kite is one of hundreds of landmark scientific papers now
available to the public in an electronic archive compiled by the
Royal Society in London. The papers date back 340 years to the first
scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions, published in 1665.
Among them is Edmund Halley's description in 1705 of the comet named
after him; Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope; the
first paper published by Stephen Hawking and details of the DNA
double helix published in 1954 by James Watson and Francis Crick.

Free for two months from 14 September, the archive includes reports
of the discovery of penicillin and proposals for blood transfusions
penned in 1665 by Robert Boyle, to see "whether a fierce dog stocked
with the blood of a cowardly dog may become more tame". The archive
is at

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The New Scientist
Volume 191, Issue 2569 , 16 September 2006, Page
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