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Newton’s Third Law

Newton created the modern concept of force starting from his insight that all the effects that govern motion are interactions between two objects: unlike the…

Kepler’s Laws

Newton would not have been able to figure out why the planets move the way they do if it had not been for the astronomer…

Sir Arthur and the Fairies

This article [Sir Arthur and the Fairies] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/06/12/sir-arthur-and-the-fairies/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish…

Elizabeth Bisland’s Race Around the World

This article [Elizabeth Bisland’s Race Around the World] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [Elizabeth Bisland’s Race Around the World] under a Creative…

The Poet, the Physician, and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

This article [The Poet, the Physician, and the Birth of the Modern Vampire] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/10/16/the-poet-the-physician-and-the-birth-of-the-modern-vampire/] under a Creative…

The Rise and Fall of Bernie Sanders

In the 2016 US presidential primary election, the most revolutionary figure had been Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran as a democrat, though he identified…

Wild Heart Turning White: Georg Trakl and Cocaine

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Vesalius and the Body Metaphor

By Marri Lynn Andreas Vesalius threw down a glove in front of established medicine and its scholars when, in 1543, he produced a massive anatomy…

Time and Place: Eric Ravilious (1903-1942)

By Frank Delaney In the early nineteen-eighties, for a commission about the sense of place in John Betjeman’s poetry, I worked with a photographer named…

The Redemption of Saint Anthony

By Colin Dickey In the fall of 1849, Gustave Flaubert invited his two closest friends—Louis Bouilhet and Maxime du Camp—to hear a reading of what…

What Makes Franz Liszt Still Important?

By Leon Botstein Marking anniversaries of the birth and death of historic figures, particularly in music, is somewhat akin to commemorating annually the date of…

The Tale of Beatrix Potter

By Frank Delaney Her appeal is so powerful that museums hold her in permanent exhibition—and some of them even commemorate her solely. Hollywood has trawled…

Machiavelli the Comedian

By Christopher S. Celenza “Comedian,” admittedly, is not the first word you associate with Machiavelli—and “funny” is not a word normally applied to Lucretius. And…

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