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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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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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You’re reading my newsletter, Age of Invention, on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. It currently goes out…
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Welcome to my weekly newsletter, Age of Invention, on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. You can subscribe…
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England's Euclidean Revolution
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Lessons from the invention of the thermometer
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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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Some remarkable things happen to our bodies when we don’t eat fresh food for a long time. From the absence of Vitamin C alone, the waste matter of our…
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One of the things I’ve been looking into lately is the maritime technology of the late sixteenth century. This is because I think it’s a crucial piece…
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Or, Why wasn't the Telegraph Invented Earlier?
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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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