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Breaking the Seals

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0039
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter describes the opening of the sealed packets sent by William Henry Fox Talbot, Dr Julius Oppert, Dr Edward Hincks, and Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, and the comparison of their ... More


The Intellectual Picklock

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0040
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter focusses on George Smith, ‘deluge Smith’ the ‘intellectual picklock’, a nationally known figure whose discoveries were eagerly followed in the pages of the Daily Telegraph. Smith had a ... More


Adam and Adapa

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0043
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In 1887, among a number of tablets written in Akkadian cuneiform that had been dug up in the ruined city of el-Amarna was one, dated to 1400 BC, that told the story of Adapa—the primal man, the first ... More


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