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Darwin’s private papers launched on the Internet April 17, 2008

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The first draft of Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin Of Species” is among a wealth of papers belonging to the intensely private man who changed science being published on the Internet on Thursday for the first time.

Comprising some 20,000 items and 90,000 images, the release on http://darwin-online.org.uk is the largest in history, according to the organisers from Cambridge University Library which holds all the Darwin papers.

“This release makes his private papers, mountains of notes, experiments, and research behind his world-changing publications available to the world for free,” said John van Wyhe, director of the project. “His publications have always been available in the public sphere – but these papers have until now only been accessible to scholars.”

The collection includes thousands of notes and drafts of his scientific writings, notes from the voyage of the Beagle when he began to formulate his controversial theory of evolution, and his first recorded doubts about the permanence of species. It also contains photographs of Darwin and his family, newspaper clippings, reviews of his books and much more.

Giving a more personal insight, there is also his wife Emma’s cookbook including recipes for delicacies such as ‘Ilkley pudding’ and a rudimentary recipe for boiling rice, written by Darwin himself. Other papers include caricatures and notes with his boyhood musings on birds.

Publication in 1859 of Origin of Species after years of prevarication established Darwin, already known to the public after publication of The Voyage of the Beagle, as a leading scientific thinker. But it also sparked a major public debate and a bitter denunciation by the Church of England, which regarded the book as heretical.

“Darwin changed our understanding of nature forever. His papers reveal how immensely detailed his researches were,” said van Wyhe. “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.” 

Salesforce adds Google e-mail, office programs April 17, 2008

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Salesforce.com Inc, a maker of business software for tracking sales calls, on Monday started integrating its products with Google Inc’s e-mail service.

Google’s Gmail – as well as its word processor, spreadsheet and other office productivity programs – were scheduled to be available to Salesforce customers on Monday morning, the two companies said in a press release.

Salesforce is not charging customers for the Google office applications. The programs have long been available for free from Google.

The advantage of accessing the Google programs through Salesforce, which distributes its software over the Web, is that customers will be able to automatically integrate information from the Google documents with data entered into their Salesforce accounts, the companies said.