John Smeaton's plan
of the water mill, Scrooby,
Structure of DNA.
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Welcome to Trailblazing

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Welcome to Trailblazing, an interactive timeline for everybody with an interest in science. Compiled by scientists, science communicators and historians – and co-ordinated by Professor Michael Thompson FRS – it celebrates three and a half centuries of scientific endeavour and has been launched to commemorate the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary in 2010.

Trailblazing is a user-friendly, ‘explore-at-your-own-pace’, virtual journey through science. It showcases sixty fascinating and inspiring articles selected from an archive of more than 60,000 published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010.

Use the slider or the Forward/back 50 years arrows to move around the timeline. Best viewed at screen resolution of 1280x1024 resolution or higher.

Scientific articles are displayed as red circles. Rollover the circle for a summary and click the tabs for more information. There is a short introduction and also links to full scientific articles. You can print the information too.

Historic events are shown by silver circles. Rolling the mouse over the silver circle will summarise the event.

Highlight commentaries in will filter the timeline, to show you only the scientific articles that relate to that topic.

You can also download highlighted commentaries as PDF.

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