Britain’s Royal Society Marks 350th Anniversary

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Britain’s Royal Society, founded in London in 1660, is marking its 350th Anniversary by releasing a library of papers online from such notable scientific figures as Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.  Its 60 most important historical papers will be available with commentary by modern scientists.  Among the newly released papers is a letter from 1752 by Benjamin Franklin of his famous kite-flying experiment to prove that lightning is electricity, a paper from 1672 by Sir Isaac Newton detailing his discovery that white light is composed of many colors, and a 1891 paper on Francis Galton’s discovery that fingerprints are unique.

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