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Michael Hunter

In recent years Oxford University Press has published handbooks on everything from food history to genocide studies, so it is hardly surprising...

‘That man of Wonders’ was how a contemporary typically described Valentine Greatrakes, whose spectacular cures, first in the West Midlands and...

From pasta to coalballs and from papier mâché ornaments to fertilisers made from all kinds of waste products – these were typical of the...

The Royal Society was founded in 1660 to promote scientific research. Through a process of trial and error, this completely new kind of institution slowly discovered how its ambitions might be achieved – often in ways unforeseen by its founders, writes Michael Hunter.

The natural philosopher and scientist Robert Boyle was revered in his time for his pioneering enquiry into a wide range of natural phenomena.Yet within half a century of his death he was almost forgotten, overshadowed by his contemporary Isaac Newton. Michael Hunter explains why.

Michael Hunter, an authority on the natural philosopher Robert Hooke, describes his excitement at the recent discovery of an unknown manuscript in Hooke’s hand. He explains its significance and why every effort should be made to keep it in Britain.

Michael Hunter on a book exploring the Newtonian Revolution

Michael Hunter reflects on the life of the late Roy Porter.

Michael Hunter tells how a mysterious phenomenon in the Highlands sparked a debate between scientific virtuosi and urban sceptics, in an episode that helps shed light on the vexed issue of ‘the decline of magic’.