My friend Saloni Dattani recently wrote a good piece on her approach to writing. I follow many of the same rules: that criticism of style is not to be…
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Long-distance trade has of course been common since ancient times. Archaeologists often find Byzantine-made glassware from the sixth century all the way…
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Dear Patrons, After the last two big posts on why the steam engine wasn’t invented earlier — my most popular ever posts so far, which have put the…
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As I noted in Part I, the general idea of using heat and steam for mechanical work had a long and continuous history back to ancient times. But when we…
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Part II of Why wasn’t the steam engine invented earlier? is a little closer to completion, but not quite there yet — I still have a lot of loose ends to…
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Part II to Why wasn’t the Steam Engine Invented Earlier? will hopefully be ready next week. If it isn’t, rest assured that the question now consumes me…
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Things I thought I knew, and on which I agreed with a lot of other historians, turned out to be ever more questionable. Perhaps even wrong. And so I had…
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The plot to create an Inventor-King
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Slow iron, money in trees, badly drawn animals, and bow-pike-man
The remarkable possibilities of the Victorian-style Guarantee Fund
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