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Boerhaave’s furnace: the search for peat

20 April 2020

Last week, I heard on the news that global oil demand is expected to fall to a record low in 2020 due to the corona crisis. Given the significant role of fossil fuel combustion in climate...

A short history of respiratory illness epidemics (2)

6 April 2020

*This blog post first appeared in Dutch on NL-lab.net. * Last week, I discussed that from antiquity until well into the nineteenth century, the idea that contagious diseases were caused...

A short history of respiratory illness epidemics (1)

31 March 2020

*This blog post first appeared in Dutch on the NL-Lab website on 31 March 2020* The Netherlands are in lockdown to curb the covid-19 epidemic since prime minister Mark Rutte announced...

A cool oven: Boerhaave’s little furnace, part II

18 December 2018

*This post was first published on the Recipes Project on 13 December 2018* By Ruben Verwaal and Marieke Hendriksen Ruben Verwaal is curator of the historical collections...