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And London's lost county feasts
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December 2022

You’re reading Age of Invention, my newsletter on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. This edition went out…
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No, that’s not a typo in the title. Caloric was a kind of infinitesimally subtle fluid substance, believed by many prominent scientists in the late…
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November 2022

It’s been a busy few weeks for me, research-wise. My last few posts have been less frequent than usual, but all the more researched and detailed for it…
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Or, Why wasn't the Telegraph Invented Earlier?
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October 2022

Lessons from the invention of the thermometer
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September 2022

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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August 2022

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July 2022

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…