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Anatomy of the City 9 – Samuel Pepys’ stone feast

Samuel Pepys – diarist, civil servant, and Restoration man-about-town – was born in 1632 in a house on Salisbury Court, near St Bride’s Church. But it was also there that … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Michael Faraday & public science in the London Review of Books

Charles Darwin may have displaced Michael Faraday as the contemporary icon of Victorian science – whether permanently or temporarily remains to be seen (though the metric of Twitter followers suggests … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

John Snow and cholera

As it is usually told, the story of John Snow and cholera begins with one of those great moments that historians used to be so fond of. On the morning … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 7 Comments

Sick City Talks 8 – Matthew Reynolds

There needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us that the world, and the place of medicine within it, is being revolutionised by new and powerful kinds of … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 8 – Turnmills Street and toshers

The Fleet has always been a working river. From Roman times until the early eighteenth century it served as one of London’s major trade routes. Fairly large vessels could venture … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 2 Comments