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Hero of Alexandria and his Magical Jars 0

HERO OF ALEXANDRIA AND HIS MAGICAL JARS

The most famous and successful of the scientists and engineers from the first century was Hero (Heron) of Alexandria, who was conjuring up all kinds of weird and wonderful mechanical gadgets and steam engines that both entertained the royalty and dumbfounded the faithful in the temples. The ancestry of Hero is unknown. He came from Alexandria in Egypt, but Carl Boyer, a historian of science and mathematics, has said that his work and mathematics demonstrate that Hero must also have had Parthian and Greek influences. Read more…

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ISSUE 6 OUT NOW

Issue 6 is now out, and is chock full of fascinating content. It’s been a while, but we are back. We hope you will agree that it was worth the wait. We listened to all your feedback from our first five issues and went away and completely redesigned how the magazine works and is distributed. Read more…

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PETER PAN IN ANTARCTICA

How Captain Scott was influenced by the story of Peter Pan and how it haunted him until the end.
During the last week of March 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott was lying in a frigid tent pitched on the ice of Antarctica, beset by some of the fiercest storms he had experienced during his epic trek to the South Pole. He was sheltering with Edward Wilson and Harry Bowers – the three of them all that remained of the group that had struck out for the Pole several months before. Read more…

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ORACLES OF THE DEAD

Oracles of the dead are peculiar places. We have grown accustomed to believing that they were all sacred domiciles, where otherworldly events took place in the presence of the gods. However, at the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I believe that this was not always the case. I recently travelled to Baia, Italy, and to the famed oracle in Delphi, Greece, to co-present an episode of director Bruce Burgess’s Forbidden History II. Read more…

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THE INQUISITIONS: ATROCITIES IN THE NAME OF GOD

When director, Bruce Burgess, asked if I would present a television series about the Inquisitions, I complied straight away. Details were not important. I was in. He had me, as they say, at ‘hello’. I have always been passionate about this period of history and had worked with Burgess before, mainly on the UK television documentary series, Forbidden History (I and II). Read more…