Historical letters dating to 1700
The very first ‘learned society’ meeting on 28 November 1660 followed a lecture at Gresham College by Christopher Wren.Joined by other leading polymaths including Robert Boyle and John Wilkins, the group soon received royal approval, and from 1663 it would be known as 'The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge'.Our origins lie in a 1660 ‘invisible college’ of natural philosophers and physicians.Today we are the UK’s national science academy and a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists.We published Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment demonstrating the electrical nature of lightning.
In its early years, there were many variants of the Greek alphabet, a situation which caused many different alphabets to evolve from it.The history of the alphabet started in ancient Egypt.By 2700 BCE Egyptian writing had a set of some 22 hieroglyphs to represent syllables that begin with a single consonant of their language, plus a vowel (or no vowel) to be supplied by the native speaker.The early years of the Society saw revolutionary advancements in the conduct and communication of science.Hooke’s Micrographia and the first issue of , which established the important concepts of scientific priority and peer review, is now the oldest continuously-published science journal in the world.
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Another advantage of Phoenician was that it could be used to write down many different languages, since it recorded words phonemically.