history

Old-school news: sensational, moralistic and, above all, sung

News events were regularly put into verse, printed on cheap broadsides and pamphlets, and sung to a familiar tune

The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

The Inkas managed to centralise and collapse mathematics, language, accounting and history into a durable and portable recording device.

Can we know what music sounded like in Ancient Greece?

Scholars are finally in a position to propose that Ancient Greek music is likely, after all, to be at the root of Western music.

The urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic

Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.