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Prof. on the box

After his phytophyllic antics were revealed to the world last year, serial seriously scientific stuntsman Iain Stewart – our original ‘Prof. in a box’ – has done it again. Not content to use contemporaneously generated...

Anna Lætita Barbauld (née Aikin), Poems (1773). From Poems: a hypertext edition, eds. Lisa Vargo & Allison Muri, University of Maryland

Prof. in a box

In the good old days of the late 18th Century in England it was considered the height of scientific enquiry for a polymath cleric to put a mouse in a bell jar to demonstrate that animals could be sustained by the...