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Self-improvement for the humble classes 1859 was a remarkable year for publishing. The first edition of On the Origin of Species by the somewhat reclusive naturalist Charles Darwin was published by John Murray on 24 November, and sold out almost … Continue reading

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Cuckoos And Cowpox

… or cowpox and cuckoos, which may be more euphonious but is chronologically the wrong way round. It is apparently the case that Edward Jenner (1749–1823), more famous as the discoverer of vaccination against smallpox, was the first person to … Continue reading

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