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Cambridge Digital Library – Explore Historic Manuscripts on Your Computer

Screen Shot 2012-12-12 at 7.30.25 PMThe Cambridge Digital Library provides ready access to a myriad of ancient manuscripts, historically unavailable to all but the most elite scholars.

“Cambridge University Library contains evidence of some of the greatest ideas and discoveries over two millennia. We want to make our collections accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge.” — Anne Jarvis, University Librarian

The University’s collection ranges from hand-copied manuscripts of prized religious texts (such as the recently published Nash Papyrus), some of the oldest copies of ancient texts (such as Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura), and esteemed original scientific records (such as Newton’s own handwritten notebooks) to name but a few.

Cambridge University provides users with extensive historical background and provenance of the work as well as a series of high definition images that allow the user to see the works in amazing detail! This is an incredible opportunity for scholars and lay-researchers alike.

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University of Cambridge Darwin Lecture Series – “Beauty”

Every year since 1986, the University of Cambridge Darwin College has presented a public lecture series on various topics, always with an inter-disciplinary focus.

The 2011 Lecture series is on the topic of “Beauty” and includes talks by Biologists, Philosophers, Historians, and more. It’s geared towards a general audience and is a fascinating look at this largely ambiguous topic. You can check out the webseries online at the Lecture Website or subscribe for free via iTunes U.

iTunes U is one of my favorite free academic toys that brings top notch education to your desktop for zero tuition!