Showing posts with label archives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label archives. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online

Through the Open Culture blog I just learned that more than 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents and drawings are now available to view for free at Einstein Archives Online. The archives include not only his scientific work but also his images and documents from his travels and thoughts on the world in general.

Applications for Education
I haven't had much time to look at the Einstein Archives yet (I'm boarding a plane in two minutes), but I think that it has the potential to be a great resource for science, math, and history teachers who their students to research the development of Einstein's ideas over the course of his life. After I get more time to browse the archives, I'll update this post.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Royal Society Journal Archives Made Available Online

Royal Society Publishing recently announced that it has made the archives of its journals available online for the world to search and read. Any of their published papers that are more than 70 years old can be viewed for free in their entirety. In total, this makes 60,000 historical scientific papers available. Included in these archives are papers written by Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. You can search the archives here.

Applications for Education
The archives of the Royal Society journals could be a valuable resource for students interested in the history of scientific topics. Theoretically, by using the Royal Society archives students could trace the development of concept from its start to modern day.

H/T to Open Culture.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Letter from Upton Sinclair to Theodore Roosevelt

Yesterday's document of the day from the National Archives was a letter sent by Upton Sinclair to President Theodore Roosevelt. In the letter Sinclair advises Roosevelt to have the federal inspectors of meat-packing houses wear disguises in order to see the true conditions of the facilities they visit.

In case you need a copy of The Jungle, it is available for free in its entirety on Google Books.

Applications for Education
A couple of the literature teachers in my school have students read The Jungle every year. I'm sure there are many other literature teachers around the country that do the same. This letter from Sinclair to Roosevelt could be a complement to a lesson about Sinclair and his role in the Progressive Era in US History.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Find Free eBooks On BookServer

The Internet Archive is, in general, a very good place to find all manner of free information in text, audio, image, and video formats. On Monday, the Internet Archive launched a new service called BookServer. BookServer is a search engine for finding, borrowing, downloading, and purchasing books in digital form. A search on BookServer will yield results listing both free ebooks and ebooks for sale. I gave it a try this afternoon and was impressed by the quantity of titles that are available. That said, the BookServer's search tools could use some improvement.

Applications for Education
If you or your students are willing to spend some time searching and browsing through the titles available through BookServer, you should be rewarded with some good free ebooks.

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