Volume 72 Issue 12 December 2022

Discovery of a Living Fossil

The coelacanth, believed to have been extinct for 70 million years, was rediscovered by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer on 22 December 1938.

Clean Sheets

The smooth whiteness of paper belies the mess and hard labour that went into its production.

Armless Fun?

In 1820 the discovery of an ancient Greek statue with missing arms posed more questions than answers.

Death from Above

In 1917 the roof of Westminster Hall was on the brink of collapse; death-watch beetles had bored through it.

The Body as Machine

The life of George Balanchine, the man behind a quintessential American ballet aesthetic.