Daily Archives: January 23, 2007

Some 18th-century reading to pass the time

The latest edition of the Science blogging carnival, the Tangled Bank, has an 18th-century history of science theme.

Another interesting source project using WordPress: Defoe’s Review.

Jonathan Edelstein has uncovered the use of a Koran for swearing oaths in The Old Bailey.

And nearly forgot this: When a killer cloud hit Britain.

Update: I mentioned the Linnaeus 300th anniversary in another post; well, now there’s a brand new celebratory website (from Sweden but in English). Apart from some history, it has answers to questions such as: ‘how do flowers know when it’s time to bloom’ and ‘what’s so unique about humans’. There’s a large dollop of Swedish patriotism in there, but it’s absolutely delightful.

More of what I’ve been doing

I’m so sorry to have been absent. For the past few weeks, I’ve been mulling over some very non-eighteenth-century related ideas that started cropping up during MLA. In the long run, I think they will wind their way back home to our period, but in the meanwhile, I’ve posted the first of the fruits over at the Valve. I’d love to hear your thoughts.