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Background imageHistory Collection: Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci

Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci. Historical artwork and notes on the anatomy of the human skull and teeth, by the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Background imageHistory Collection: Title pages of Pacciolis Summa de Arithmetica

Title pages of Pacciolis Summa de Arithmetica
^BMathematics book.^b Title page of a medieval book on mathematics. Image taken from the 1523 edition of ^ISumma de Arithmetica, geometria

Background imageHistory Collection: Red kite, historical artwork

Red kite, historical artwork
Red kite. Historical artwork of a red kite (Milvus milvus) perched on a branch. This bird of prey inhabits woodland near open country across most of Europe, apart from the northern parts

Background imageHistory Collection: Continental drift after 250 million years

Continental drift after 250 million years, showing the supercontinent of Pangea Ultima, which was named for the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imageHistory Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment on a ship. The equipment includes headphones and a Morse code key (lower centre). The equipment is labelled (left-right)

Background imageHistory Collection: Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks

Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks
Krakatoa sunsets. Artwork of the spectacular red and orange sunsets caused in London, England, by the August 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia

Background imageHistory Collection: Thomas Scott Baldwin, US aviator

Thomas Scott Baldwin, US aviator
Thomas Scott Baldwin (1854-1923), US aviator and balloonist, at the wheel of the Red Devil aeroplane that he designed. Baldwin began his career as a circus performer

Background imageHistory Collection: Illustration of Ferranti testing 10, 000V cable V510 / 0013

Illustration of Ferranti testing 10, 000V cable V510 / 0013
19th Century power transmission. Illustration showing Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (1864-1930) testing his 10, 000 Volt cable in 1890

Background imageHistory Collection: Tornado, historical artwork

Tornado, historical artwork
Tornado. Coloured historical artwork of a mother and child fleeing from a tornado. A tornado is a rapidly rotating funnel of air that can form below certain types of storm clouds

Background imageHistory Collection: Waterspout, historical artwork

Waterspout, historical artwork
Waterspout. Coloured historical artwork of a waterspout threatening a ship. A waterspout is a tornado over water instead of land

Background imageHistory Collection: Channel tunnel

Channel tunnel. Historical artwork of a tunnel beneath the English Channel through which Napoleons troops are moving to invade England

Background imageHistory Collection: Gusmaos Passarola airship, 1709

Gusmaos Passarola airship, 1709
Gusmaos Passarola airship. Historical artwork of the Passarola airship design that was proposed in 1709 by the Portuguese priest and naturalist Bartolomeu de Gusmao (1685-1724)

Background imageHistory Collection: Rainbow optics, historical artwork

Rainbow optics, historical artwork
Formation of a rainbow, coloured historical artwork. The diagram shows the paths of two beams of light from the Sun (top left corner)

Background imageHistory Collection: Medical zodiac, 15th century diagram

Medical zodiac, 15th century diagram
Medical zodiac. 15th century diagram with Latin text illustrating how the human body relates to the zodiac signs. Such information was used in medical practices, such as bloodletting

Background imageHistory Collection: Trepanation, 14th century artwork

Trepanation, 14th century artwork
Trepanation. 14th century artwork of a doctor using a hammer and scalpel to perform a surgical operation known as trepanation

Background imageHistory Collection: Heart

Heart. Historical anatomical artwork of the human heart, seen from the front. Coronary blood vessels are seen on the surface of the heart

Background imageHistory Collection: Human body postures, historical artwork

Human body postures, historical artwork
Human postures, historical artwork. The images show an outline of the shape of the body in four postures; standing, bowing, stooping and squatting

Background imageHistory Collection: Human body postures, historical artwork

Human body postures, historical artwork
Human postures, historical artwork. The images show an outline of the shape of the body in four postures; standing, bowing, stooping and squatting

Background imageHistory Collection: Nikolai Surov, magnetic man

Nikolai Surov, magnetic man
Nikolai Surov, a Russian man reputed to have paranormal magnetic properties. Here he is apparently attracting metallic objects. Photographed in 1990

Background imageHistory Collection: Franklins lightning experiment, 1752

Franklins lightning experiment, 1752
Benjamin Franklins lightning experiment. Coloured artwork of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) and his 21-year-old son William, performing their famous experiment on 15 June 1752

Background imageHistory Collection: Benjamin Franklin, US scientist

Benjamin Franklin, US scientist
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American scientist, inventor and statesman. As well as his numerous scientific discoveries

Background imageHistory Collection: Benjamin Franklin, caricature

Benjamin Franklin, caricature
Benjamin Franklin. Caricature of the American statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) holding a kite attached to a key, which he used to show that lightning is electricity

Background imageHistory Collection: Wright brothers, US aviation pioneers

Wright brothers, US aviation pioneers. Wilbur (1867-1912, right) and Orville (1871-1948, left) built and flew the first powered aircraft

Background imageHistory Collection: Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism

Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism
Gautama Buddha (c.563-483 BC), Indian spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism. Born Prince Siddhartha Gautama, he spent time as an ascetic and hermit before turning to meditation

Background imageHistory Collection: Rene Descartes, French mathematician

Rene Descartes, French mathematician
Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French mathematician and philosopher, also known as Renatus Cartesius. Descartes most important scientific works were in mathematics

Background imageHistory Collection: Louis Pasteur, French microbiologist

Louis Pasteur, French microbiologist
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French microbiologist and chemist. Louis Pasteur proved the germ theory of disease, which holds that germs attack the body from the outside

Background imageHistory Collection: Leonardo da Vinci artwork

Leonardo da Vinci artwork

Background imageHistory Collection: Leonardo da Vinci artwork

Leonardo da Vinci artwork

Background imageHistory Collection: Ball lightning kills Richmann, 1753

Ball lightning kills Richmann, 1753. Artwork of the German physicist Georg Wilhelm Richmann (left, 1722-1753), of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Background imageHistory Collection: Franklin designing lightning rods

Franklin designing lightning rods. Historical artwork of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American scientist, inventor and statesman, working on the design of lightning rods

Background imageHistory Collection: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein. Computer illustration of the German-American physicist Albert Einstein (1879- 1955) seen with an astronomical artwork and equations including E=mc2

Background imageHistory Collection: Dalibards lightning experiment, 1752

Dalibards lightning experiment, 1752
Dailbards lightning experiment, 1752. Artwork of French scientist Thomas-Francois Dalibard (1709- 1799) carrying out his lightning experiment on 10 May 1752, at Marly, France

Background imageHistory Collection: Aristotle studying in his youth

Aristotle studying in his youth. The Ancient Greek philosopher and naturalist Aristotle (384-322 BC) influenced many later thinkers, working in areas such as logic, astronomy, zoology

Background imageHistory Collection: Haloes, historical artwork

Haloes, historical artwork
Haloes in the winter sky. Historical artwork of a spectacular display of haloes around the Sun over a snowy forest. Haloes are formed by the refraction of the Suns light inside tiny regular ice

Background imageHistory Collection: Mammoth leg

Mammoth leg (Mammuthus sp.). This leg was found preserved in permafrost in Berelekh, eastern Siberia, Russia. Its soft tissues and wool are largely intact

Background imageHistory Collection: Ammonite fossil, SEM

Ammonite fossil, SEM
Ammonite fossil, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Ammonites were invertebrates and lived in the sea. They were molluscs that formed a spiral shell to protect their soft body

Background imageHistory Collection: Phonetic Egyptian hieroglyphs

Phonetic Egyptian hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs were written characters used by the Ancient Egyptians between around 3000 BC and 300 AD. They were used mainly for inscriptions on monuments and tombs

Background imageHistory Collection: Roman mosaic

Roman mosaic

Background imageHistory Collection: Roman fresco, Ostia Antica

Roman fresco, Ostia Antica
Roman fresco. Fresco showing a Roman charioteer with a crown and holding a palm branch. This fresco is in the Building of the Charioteers at Ostia Antica

Background imageHistory Collection: Leonardos kite glider

Leonardos kite glider
Leonardo da VinciÔé¼Ôäós study of a Ôé¼╦£Ôé¼kite-gliderÔé¼ (hang glider) for sailplaning flight c. 1497

Background imageHistory Collection: Ice sailing on skates, 19th century

Ice sailing on skates, 19th century
Ice sailing on skates, 19th-century artwork. The skater is using a kite-like apparatus to use the wind to sail across the ice

Background imageHistory Collection: Jacques de Romas

Jacques de Romas
Coloured portrait of Jacques de Romas.In 1750 Romas wrote a dissertation on the physical similarities between lightning and electricity

Background imageHistory Collection: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin, American scientist, inventor and statesman, shown here in his physics laboratory in Philadelphia. As well as his numerous scientific discoveries

Background imageHistory Collection: Charles de Secondat Montesquieu

Charles de Secondat Montesquieu with the scientific cenacle at Castle Clairac, France.With him are his son Jean-Baptiste de Secondat, the Chevalier de Vivens, Jacques Romas and the brothers Dutilh

Background imageHistory Collection: Early Russian telephone

Early Russian telephone
Early telephone. Preserved example of a 1910 model telephone, formerly used at a factory in St. Petersburg. Photographed at the City of Moscow Telephone Network museum, Russia

Background imageHistory Collection: Jacques de Romas kite experiment

Jacques de Romas kite experiment
In 1750 Romas wrote a dissertation on the physical similarities between lightning and electricity. Subsequently the famous kite experiment was invented by Franklin and Romas independently

Background imageHistory Collection: Lightning striking St, Marks Tower 1745

Lightning striking St, Marks Tower 1745
On 23 April, 1745 lightning struck St. Marks Tower, Venice causing considerable damage. The tower had previously been struck in 1388, 1417, 1489, 1548

Background imageHistory Collection: German WWII ramjet bomber in flight

German WWII ramjet bomber in flight. This is a Dornier Do 217 heavy bomber with a ramjet propulsor mounted on top of its fuselage



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