Malta fever

3 May 2017 by

After the Crimean War, soldiers of the British Army stationed in Malta began to suffer from an illness that nobody…

War and planets

7 June 2016 by

Astronomical tables hold a decidedly unglamorous place in the history of science. With hundreds of pages covered in nothing but…

X-ray photo by A A Campbell Swinton, 1896 (detail)

Shadowgraphs

9 September 2015 by

During my first weeks at the Royal Society, I was tasked with re-housing the miscellaneous prints. To my delight, I…