Tag Archives: Technology

Loos in the Time of Cholera

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) In the summer of 1858, the Members of Parliament abandoned their beautiful waterfront building in London and fled to Oxford. Why? No political upheaval was brewing. No angry … Continue reading

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The Beauty and the Terror

The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. Dr. Hermann Biggs (1859-1923) Last week, Professor Harrington described “the beauty and the terror” of the study of human anatomy. The secret workings of the body’s … Continue reading

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She Blinded Me with Natural Philosophy

The word “science” dates back to around 1300 C.E. The word “scientist,” on the other hand, didn’t exist until 1833. Until then, the men (and, rarely, women) who tinkered with chemicals and stared at the stars were said to be … Continue reading

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Honey, I Shrunk the World

If you want to contact somebody, you have seemingly innumerable methods to choose from. You can write a letter. You can call. You can page. You can email. You can Skype. You can fax. You can Facebook-stalk. You can instant message. You can text. … Continue reading

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Shameful Manoeuvres

This week, we had two “mini-projects” of independent web exploration: one on the Victorian Dictionary, and one on medical advertisements located at the British Library. As intended, this was a simple and fun way to dip our toes into Victorian culture, but … Continue reading

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