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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Patricia Fara explores the scientific education of Mary Shelley and how a work of early science fiction inspired her best-known novel Frankenstein.

Richard Cavendish describes the motor race to Paris which set off from Beijing on June 10th, 1907.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

John Kennedy’s commitment to put a man on the Moon in the 1960s is often quoted – most recently by Gordon Brown – as an inspired civic vision. Gerard DeGroot sees the reality somewhat differently.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Mark Juddery introduces The Story of the Kelly Gang, possibly the first-ever feature film, now largely lost, that was made a hundred years ago in Australia about the notorious outlaw with the unusual body-armour. Hugely popular when it was first released in 1906, it spawned a genre of bushranger movies and epitomized the significance of the Kelly legend in Australian cultural identity.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2007

The great Victorian engineer was born on 9th April, 1806.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006
Ludmilla Jordanova looks at the ways in which scientists presented themselves and their activities to the public through art, and considers how this reflects on the public presentation of history.
Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Craig Thompson, Executive Producer, World Congress of History Producers announces this year’s Congress produced in association with History Today.

Volume: 56 Issue: 10 2006

Charles Stephenson introduces a plan for chemical warfare in the Napoleonic navy, devised by Thomas Cochrane, Lord Dundonald, the model for Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

The artist, scientist, botanist, anatomist, engineer, inventor and all-round genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) used paper in a unique way.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Gervase Phillips points out the limitations in a common interpretation.

Issue: 56 2006

Simon Chaplin describes the extraordinary personal museum of the 18th-century anatomist and gentleman-dissector John Hunter, and suggests that this, and others like it, played a critical role in establishing an acceptable view of dissection.

Volume: 55 Issue: 2 2005

B.J. Copeland and Diane Proudfoot recall the contribution to the war effort in 1939-45 of the British computer scientist.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004
Patricia Fara calls for a more inclusive, and realistic, history of Science.
Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

The clergyman and chemist Joseph Priestley died February 6th, 1804, aged seventy-one.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004
F.M.L. Thompson reviews two publications on the history of the automobile.
2004

Gilbert Shama looks at the German research into penicillin during the Second World War.

Volume: 53 Issue: 3 2003
Andrew Smyth recalls the vision and enterprise of one of Louis XIV’s chief ministers and a Béziers businessman.
Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

The man who gave his name to the notorious killing machine died on February 26th, 1903

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Andrew Mendelsohn outlines the attractions of a fast-growing an popular field of study.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

David Jordan recalls the career of the man Brazilians claim to have been the true pioneer of powered heavier-than-air flight.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Britain's first atomic bomb was detonated on October 3rd, 1952.

Volume: 52 Issue: 10 2002

Richard Pflederer evaluates a vital tool of the age of discovery.

Volume: 52 Issue: 5 2002
Philip Lyndon Reynolds considers the battle between faith and reason in approaching a key subject of human existence.
Volume: 51 Issue: 6 2001

The 'puffing devil', the first passenger-carrying vehicle powered by steam, made its debut on a road outside Redruth in Cornwall on December 24th, 1801.

Volume: 51 Issue: 12 2001

Francis Murphy challenges the idea that science was religion’s foremost enemy, in this winning essay in the 2001 Julia Wood Award.

Issue: 41 2001
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’.
Volume: 51 Issue: 6 2001

David Moulson looks at the history of pewter, as a new dedicated museum opens in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Volume: 51 Issue: 6 2001

Margaret and Ian Millar describe the life of a pioneer astronomer, born on March 16th 1750.

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000

Joseph Needham, one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable scholars, was born on December 9th, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

The brilliant inventor and engineer William George Armstrong died on December 27th, 1900, aged ninety.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

On January 31st, 1950, Truman announced that he had directed the Atomic Agency Commission 'to continue with its work on all forms of atomic energy weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or super-bomb'.

Volume: 50 Issue: 1 2000

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