Volume 46 Issue 11 November 1996

Andrea Wolter-Abele looks at how machines and industrial society provoked new concepts of creativity.

Vasily Andreev on how far War (and the fear of it) has fuelled innovation this century.

Igor Slepnev on the fin de siecle project that yoked together the Russias of Europe and Asia.

Uwe Oster on the motorway prototype that Hitler hijacked.

Michael Bonavia on the long-delayed link between Britain and the Continent.

Theo Barker on how 150 years of innovations in global movement have transformed what we eat, think and wear

Speed and utopias – Vladimir Pankov on the brilliant novelties and blind alleys of the Futurists

Rudolf Kippenhahn on how astronomy has altered our vision of the universe - from 10th-century Cairo to the Big Bang.

Joachim Radkau reviews the power revolutions of steam, electricity and oil - harbingers of dramatic change in technology and social expectations.

From pigeon post to the Internet - Dagmar Lorenz on how the communications revolution has produced the global village.

Asa Briggs comments on the historical division of time, and whether such landmarks as centuries and millennia hold any real meaning.

Roy Porter charts the whirlwind of medical triumphs that promised limitless progress in human health and our more sober reflections on the eve of the third millennium.

Mikulas Teich looks at the impact of scientific transformations since 1900, and how these changes have produced a new world culture and global organisation.