Steve Moyer is associate editor of humanities magazine.
The Adler Planetarium’s history of science collection is one of the world’s most important, and includes the astrolabe pictured here.
Educational experiment attracted artists, musicians, free spirits
"The Tiffany of the Northwest"
Now that's Italian!
Beguiling post-Katrina story-telling
Communications revolution set in motion by optical telegraph and early telephone.
Recording and observing the words and actions of a cultural icon for posterity
Iowa's web-like network of tracks made transcontinental railroad feasible.
Gallup polls consistently rank nurses as among the most honest and ethical professionals.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
By Danny Heitman
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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