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The Murderer, The Boy King, And The Invention Of Modern Finance

John Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.
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The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford review — inventions that made us

Have you heard of the Wardian case? If you are drinking a cup of tea at the moment, you have the case’s unique combination of glass, timber, putty and paint to thank. Same goes if you are sipping a …
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Loneliness Is a Modern Invention. Understanding That History Can Help Us Get Through This Pandemic

It’s important to remember that loneliness is not a universal human condition, but a historically specific one …
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Precision: its invention, perfection and rise in the modern world

Humans have a habit of measuring things. Our shoe size. The ingredients in our food. How long it takes to get to work, with or without traffic. All of these conscious and subconscious calculations rely on accurate measurements. But how do you measure accuracy?
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Book review: “Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman,” by Brooke Hauser

When I was a teenager, I would always perk up when a talk-show host announced that he was about to introduce a woman who knew a lot about sex. This was back when information on the subject was still hard to come by, so the prospect of some ravishing, free …
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