Author Archives: James Sumner

About James Sumner

Historian of science and technology at the University of Manchester. Works mainly on breweries and computers. Has heard all the jokes.

The F-word

Further to Becky’s excellent post about being perceived as a big bunch of spoilsports, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between popular and academic history of technology. There is one particular device which, used badly, causes particular annoyance to scholarly historians … Continue reading

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What more do you want? A knighthood?

Michael Barton blogged recently about a document that annoyed me to distraction when I first saw it. It’s a Yahoo Answers conversation about why Charles Darwin didn’t get a knighthood. Notwithstanding that nobody cites a whit of evidence for anything, … Continue reading