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For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

Talos of Crete

Autocrats have deployed automatons as weapons since antiquity, not just in myth but in reality. 

These walls have ears: telephone exchange, Holborn, London, 1968.

As technology changes, so do ideas about the borders of the self and the nature of privacy. 

The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.

Child genius, engineer, inventor and physicist, Nikola Tesla died on 7 January 1943.

The Antikythera mechanism

Since its surprising discovery on the Aegean seabed over a century ago, the Antikythera mechanism has intrigued astrologers, classicists and historians of science. 

The idea that the ancients believed in Antipodean lands to balance  the globe is a modern invention – and wrong. 

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

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