Volume 47 Issue 1 January 1997

Birthday Mechanics

Michael Leech celebrates the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Alchemy: New Light on a Dark Art

Fools' gold, Dr Faustus - traditional images of a Renaissance black art. But was there more to it than that? Zbigniew Szydlo and Richard Brzezinski offer an intriguing rehabilitation.