When Scientists Were Artists: The Royal Society's Picture Library Goes Digital A hammerhead shark's baleful stare. A longnose batfish's fierce armor and delicate fins. These masterpieces of expression and scientific detail fill the pages of the world's first ichthyology book, De Historia Piscium, published in 1686 by the Royal Society.
Snowflake research. 18th-century journal page showing snowflake configurations described in 1755 by John Nettis a physician from Middelburg, the Netherlands. Nettis used early forms of microscope lenses to make his observations. This page is from volume 49 (1755-6) of the journal 'Philosophical Transactions', published by the Royal Society of London.