Science

The Alfred Denny Museum

February 22, 2013
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The Alfred Denny Museum

Since opening its doors to students in 1905, the Alfred Denny Zoology Museum at Sheffield University remained a largely unknown cabinet of curiosities in the north of England – Until September 2012, when it opened to the public, and delights such as Arthur the Half-Hedgehog, fossilised flying dinousaurs, the Terror Bird and a model skull…

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John Dee’s Mirror

February 8, 2013
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John Dee’s Mirror

Made from obsidian and used by him for what he called “angelic communications”, John Dee’s mirror did no small amount of damage to the reputation of a man who, in his day, was celebrated across Europe for his scientific knowledge. Said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Prospero and JK Rowling’s Professor Dumbledore, English…

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The Voynich Manuscript

January 28, 2013
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The Voynich Manuscript

Since its re-discovery 1912, the early 15th century ‘Voynich Manuscript’ has defied the best efforts of cryptographers, linguists, anthropologists, mathematicians and code-breakers…Nobody knows what any of it means. Or even if it means anything at all. Filled with botanical, anatomical, scientific and astronomical illustrations – most of which have no known matches – the book…

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