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Friday, February 06, 2004

Great Archive of 19th Century American Magazines

The Federalist Papers articles written to urge states to ratify the constitution..

The Anti-Federalist Papers opposing views, often from well known figures..

Superb Online US History Primary Source hypertext project ..from the University of Groningen!


Nice online version of Bulfinch's Mythology

The Doge of Venice

Some Like it Hot - the Earth's Core

Some Like it Hot - the classic movie..

Web Museum , Paris - great site for online art..


A few days ago, I posted on the 1918 Infulenza Epidemic; well, some new findings featured at the BBC site today, see here..

Charles Babbage objected to Tennyson's lines from The Vision of Sin, "Every moment dies a man, / Every moment one is born" and sent the following letter:

I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows:
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one and one-sixteenth is born
I may add that the exact figures are 1.167, but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre.

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