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COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

TODAY, ENGLISH is the language of science for much of the world. Why is that? Lynn K. Nyhart offers insights on this in “Speaking of science,” in the April 10, … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

LILLIBULERO’S HISTORICAL NICHES

LILY IS my granddaughter, though I call her Lillibulero, after a traditional English ballad with a 350-year heritage. Lillibulero is said to have sung a king out of three kingdoms. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

ALLARD TALES

SYDNEY ALLARD wasn’t your typical Englishman. For one thing, he got the point of drag racing. For another, years before Carroll Shelby stuffed American V-8s into British sports cars, Sydney … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

WRITING, METAPHORICALLY

THERE’S A recently published book that threatens to tell me more about metaphors than I really want to know. Its review by Colin Burrow in the London Review of Books, … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

CLARA ADAMS—PERSISTENT FIRST FLIGHTER

IN 1914, CLARA Adams née Grabau first flew in an airplane, a Thomas flying boat on Lake Eustis, Florida. In 1917, she followed this with a Wright Flyer piloted by … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

SIKORSKY’S FLYING CLIPPERS

IGOR SIKORSKY thought big. His 1914 Bolshoi Baltisky was the world’s first four-engine airplane, with a huge wingspan for its time, 88 ft. 7 in. (a modern Boeing 737’s is … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

FIREARMS OF THE HOLMESIAN CANON

IN FULL candor, I’m not much into firearms. By contrast, as chronicled by his friend and sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes certainly knew his way around them. Here’s … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · Leave a comment
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