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The Charming Doodles Charles Darwin’s Children Left All Over the Manuscript of ‘On the Origin of Species’
The Charming Doodles Charles Darwin’s Children Left All Over the Manuscript of ‘On the Origin of Species’

From fish with legs to carrot cavalries, an endearing testament to the human life of science.

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Einstein’s Message to Posterity from the 1939 World’s Fair Time-Capsule
Einstein’s Message to Posterity from the 1939 World’s Fair Time-Capsule

A piercing reminder of the choice that stands between the human capacities for good and evil.

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Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

How a real-life act of kindness with a touch of serendipity sparked one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Story Behind Newton’s Famous Metaphor for How Knowledge Progresses
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Story Behind Newton’s Famous Metaphor for How Knowledge Progresses

How hubris and humility conspired in illuminating the nature of creativity.

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How Mendeleev Invented His Periodic Table in a Dream
How Mendeleev Invented His Periodic Table in a Dream

“Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.”

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Freedom in Congo Square: An Illustrated Ode to Finding Dignity Amid Oppression and the Soul-Preserving Function of Joy
Freedom in Congo Square: An Illustrated Ode to Finding Dignity Amid Oppression and the Soul-Preserving Function of Joy

A lyrical celebration of an oasis of hope and human dignity in the midst of inhumane injustice.

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The Causes and Cures of Lovesickness: A 17th-Century Guide to the Woes of the Heart
The Causes and Cures of Lovesickness: A 17th-Century Guide to the Woes of the Heart

“The many vexations and perturbations that torture the soul of the passionate lover bring about greater harms to men than all the other affections of the mind.”

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Alan Turing’s Little-Known Contributions to Biology and His Mesmerizing Hand-Drawn Diagrams of Dappling Patterns
Alan Turing’s Little-Known Contributions to Biology and His Mesmerizing Hand-Drawn Diagrams of Dappling Patterns

What the Fibonacci fascinations of daisies have to do with Kandinsky and mid-century graphic design.

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Freud on Memory, How Childhood Imprints the Subconscious, and Why We Dream
Freud on Memory, How Childhood Imprints the Subconscious, and Why We Dream

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state.”

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How Aubrey Beardsley’s Visionary Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” Subverted Victorian Gender Norms and Revolutionized the Graphic Arts
How Aubrey Beardsley’s Visionary Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” Subverted Victorian Gender Norms and Revolutionized the Graphic Arts

“He is drawing not persons but personages; he is dramatizing not the relationships between personalities but the pure, geometric essence of relationship.”

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