If you invited all the Nobel Physics laureates to a party, Gustaf Dalén might soon find himself standing on his own, nibbling a cheesy whatsit while the other guests awkwardly drifted past him. What would they have to talk about? After all, he … Continue reading →
Onwards with All About Dinosaurs, a book written by the awesome Roy Chapman Andrews, he of Gobi fossil-hunting fame, and illustrated by Thomas Voter. Now, you know you're reading a vintage dinosaur book when...Swamp-o-pods! Mind you, All About Dinosaurs must surely lose points for lacking a full-length depiction of brachiosaurs immersed up to the very tip-tops of their nasal crests in murky water. Instead, the animals are rather more convincingly depicted wading their way through a swamp,
Plate IV in William Salmon’s Polygraphice (Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, CHF)
By Elisabeth Berry Drago
Art and alchemy, science and painting. They’re kind of a delicious combination. And not as bizarre as it sounds, I promise.
For a modern reader, William Salmon’s Polygraphice might seem like a strange jumble, a hodgepodge of unrelated things shoved into one overstuffed Hot Pocket of a book. Published in 1685, the Polygraphice is at first glance an