Happy 350th Birthday, Royal Society!

The AP (11/30) reports that Britain’s Royal Society “is marking its 350th anniversary in 2010 by putting more than 60 of its most important scientific papers online, alongside commentaries by modern scientists. The site — http://trailblazing.royalsociety.org — goes live Monday November 30th, launching a year of anniversary activities.” The society “hopes to use the anniversary year to raise the profile of science as a vital part of Britain’s cultural life. In the society’s early years, science and art influenced one another,” but “today, the two worlds rarely meet.” Keith Moore, the Royal Society’s head librarian, “said one of the society’s goals was ‘to get to the point where people are as comfortable talking about the latest developments in science’ as about the last movie they saw.” Moore said, “Newton, Franklin – these men have entered the popular consciousness. And it should be the same today.”

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