Industrial Revolution (1750 - 1850)

Serious Fun

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Old Friends

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What’s in a Logo?

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Fizzy Water

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Detail of illustration outside confectionery, 1885

Our Mutual Friend

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A group of Amish people standing in a field

High-Tech and Amish

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The Age of Scurvy

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Old soda spray bottles in various colors

Fizzy Water

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Amputation

Auld Medicine

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Humphry Davy

Left Behind

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Nitrous oxide party

High Times

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Diagram of sports bra

Second Skin

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Illustration of childbirth

(Natural) Childbirth

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Walter Potter's Monkey Riding a Goat

Death and Taxidermy

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Haeckel illustration of hummingbirds

Information Overload

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Medusa Nebula

Elements of Invention

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Cottingley Fairy

The Magic of It All

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Esperanto postcard

Speaking in Tongues

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Rare Books

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Portrait of James Smithson

A Gift for the Ages

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Recherches Chimiques

Materials Matter

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pour l’Amour de Lavoisier

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The Laboratorio Chimico at the Museum of Science at the University of Lisbon

Elements of the Past

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Detail of a European stained glass image of St. George from the early 15th century.

From Nanotech to Nanoscience

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Illustration depicting an early 19th-century London street scene with citizens commenting on the recent invention of gas-lighting.

Bright Light

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Professor Gay-Lussac, F.R.S.: Membre de l'Institut, Professor at the University of Paris &c.

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

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John Dalton, F.R.S., engraved by William Henry Worthington after an 1814 painting by William Allen, published June 25, 1823, in Manchester and London. Note the charts with Dalton’s atomic symbols lying on the table.

John Dalton

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Portrait of Berzelius. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Jöns Jakob Berzelius

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Portrait of Jane Marcet.

Jane Marcet

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Michael Faraday. Engraved by D. J. Pound from a photograph by Mayall.

Michael Faraday

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Joseph Priestley

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An 1830 engraving of Sir Humphry Davy, by G. R. Newton, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830).

Humphry Davy

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Louis Pasteur in his laboratory, holding a jar containing the spinal cord of a rabbit infected with rabies, which he used to develop a vaccine against the disease.

Louis Pasteur

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Amedeo Avogadro. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Amedeo Avogadro

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Lavoisier. Engraved by François Séraphin Delpech, after a drawing by Belliart, after the painting by Jacques Louis David.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

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Barnum & Bailey Poster

Strange Things

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When William Aspdin stumbled on the secret to modern concrete, it was the first and one of the few fortuitous steps in an unsteady life.

Hard-Headed Man

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Two Tales of Ballooning

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Blockade Against Blockade or John Bull a Match for Boney

The Blockade Runner

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Brave New Butter

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Up in the Air

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Neanderthal skull

Ancient DNA

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The line between chemistry and biology first began to blur in the 19th century. (NIAID)

Border Crossing

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Joseph Wright's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) housed at the National Gallery, London.

Pumped Up

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Cabinets for the Curious

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Fiend

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Whales in Space

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Trading cards

Where’s the Beef?

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Early Hot-Air Ballon French Postcard

Up in the Air

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St. Clair’s Defeat

Fresh Start

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Guano ad

Dirty Business

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Lancets and a blood collecting bowl

Let It Bleed

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Fairyland of Chemistry

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Slide Rule detail

The Golden Rule

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Ernest Solvay at the 1911 Solvay Conference

Making the Process

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Joseph Black

That Beautiful Theory

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Sir Joseph Banks

High Society

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A treatise on adulterations of food, and culinary poisons

Secret Ingredient

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An Everyday Poison

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Ptolemaic armillary sphere

Out of Obscurity

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A Notorious Life

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A watercolor of five surgeons participating in an amputation without anesthetic.

Painless Dreams

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Sausage formula from August Kekulé

The World Inside

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Alfred Swaine Taylor on poisons

Palmer the Poisoner

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Intubation set

Instrumental to Survival

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A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July

Birmingham Toast

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John William Draper

Across the Spectrum

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