The British Royal Society is the type of fraternal group you expect to read about in a Dan Brown novel -- it's boasted the membership of Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and the forward-thinking minds of dozens of mathematicians, politicians and philosophers.
Interested already? Well, here's the good news: The British Royal Society has made its entire library of academic journals and scientific reports freely available to the public. All of these 60,000 papers, many of which date all the way back to 1660, are searchable via an effective online engine at the group's website. Curious about the experiments Charles Darwin recorded at the Galapagos Islands? It's just a click away. How about Ben Franklin's musings on his flying kite experiment? Check it out. Feel free to investigate Galileo's first astronomical observations. This tool lets you glean into the minds of history's most visionary men and women -- don't let it go to waste!