Monthly Archives: November 2009

Trailblazing dog

For those interested in the history of journals publishing, a fascinating archive has just gone up online. The Royal Society showcases 60 articles selected from an archive of more than 60,000 published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010. These include an article by Robert Hooke from 1667 – his account of an experiment in which a dog was kept alive by blowing through its lungs with a pair of bellows; and from 1891 Francis Galton’s proof that fingerprints are unique.

Visit the Trailblazing archive here.


An article in the Guardian questions whether Waterstone’s has now lost its soul. With centralized buying and distribution, charges to promote books, and a diet of discounted bestsellers, has the chain made the mistake of trying to compete with Amazon and the supermarkets?

You can read the article by Stuart Jeffries here