Inventions that Didn’t Change the World
The nineteenth century saw amazing advances in science and technology. Many inventions – such as railways, the telegraph, the telephone and the light bulb – were so successful that they changed the way we live. At the same time hundreds of lesser known or amateur inventors were hard at work on their ideas, many of which have long since been forgotten about or never saw the light of day. Those inventions are the subject of my new book called Inventions that didn’t change the world, published on 6 October by Thames & Hudson, which takes a humorous look at some of the more eccentric inventions registered for copyright.
In preparation for creating a “further reading” page, we thought we’d ask you: what history blogs, twitter accounts, tumblogs, or podcasts do you enjoy and would recommend to others?
The 18th Century mystery of Oliver Cromwell's missing head
An 18th century image of Oliver Cromwell’s Head We know our blog is dedicated to the history of the Georgian era but, for this subject, we must first venture back into the previous century to set …
For most of the 18th century, the precise location of Oliver Cromwell’s head was unknown.
The people at Finding Ada have a great site with a list of blog posts all about women in STEM - some modern, many historic!
For some ahistorical (but footnoted!) fun reading, check out The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua (of a-to-zoo)! There’s even a list of primary sources!
For (the history of) Science!