Yvonne Carts-Powell

World’s first peer-reviewed science journal!

In beautiful, Science, writing on October 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

first page of "Philosophical Transactions" from 1671, which includes a paper by Isaac Newton about light.

This appears to be history week at The Science of Heroes!

The archives of the world’s first peer-reviewed science journal are now openly available!

In 1662, the newly formed ‘Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge’ was granted a charter to publish by King Charles II. On 6 March 1665, the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published. After the introduction, the first paper is about making lenses for telescopes and controlling chromatic aberrations.

And, just a few years later, Isaac Newton published a paper on his theory of light.

Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing links to some especially interesting papers in the historical archive: Royal Society opens archive, kills productivity.

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