One of the most frequently mentioned landmarks in the history of intellectual property is the Statute of Monopolies, passed by the English parliament i…
“Knowledge is power, France is Bacon”, or so the saying sounds. Who was Francis Bacon? He’s a historical figure we’ve probably all heard of, but few I …
As regular readers will know, I’ve lately been obsessed with England’s various economic transformations between 1550 and 1650 — the dramatic eightfold …
This week’s research has been especially diffuse, as I try to tie up a few loose ends for the book I’m writing — largely without success, as having pul…
The other week I attended an unconference, which had a session on the implications of establishing colonies on other planets. Although this was largely…
In researching the relative strengths of English and Dutch merchants, I was surprised to learn just how many other European states also tried to get a …
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 …
“It seems a wonder to the world, that such a small country, not fully so big as two of our best shires, having little natural wealth, victuals, timber …
You’re reading my newsletter, Age of Invention, on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. This free edition cur…
I’ve become interested in how some countries’ merchants became especially effective in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries — particularl…
The question I keep coming back to in my research right now, and in this newsletter too, is why London expanded so extraordinarily over the course of t…
Was medicine in the past really quite so bad?