A vast collection of the papers of Charles Darwin is now online, providing public access to volumes once restricted to Cambridge scholars, the BBC reports. 20,000 items are available, including the first draft of his seminal book on evolution, travel notes and personal pieces such as family recipes, Reuters reports. “Darwin changed our understanding of nature forever,” says the project’s director.
“The family has always wanted Darwin's papers and manuscripts to be available to anyone,” the scholar added. “The release of his papers online marks a revolution in the public's access to—and hopefully appreciation of—one of the most important collections of primary materials in the history of science.” Click the link below for access to the papers. (Read more Charles Darwin stories.)