The Lure of Volcanoes

James Hamilton looks at how volcanic activity in Iceland in 1783 and elsewhere elicited strange reactions, and stimulated the creative powers of artists and scientists.

Iceland's Laki fissure by Chmee2/Valtameri. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsIn June 1801 Sir William Hamilton, the retired diplomat who had represented British interests in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies for 36 years, offered a set of important diaries to the Royal Society.

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