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Forget ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Charles Dickens And Michael Faraday Created ‘A Chemistry Carol’

26 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
Forget ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Charles Dickens And Michael Faraday Created ‘A Chemistry Carol’
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Imaginative author Charles Dickens and celebrated physicist Michael Faraday may have been unlikely collaborators, but they teamed up to help bring accessible stories of science to the world (Public Domain/ Thomas Phillips).And the history of science communication to the general public would never be the same.Winter, with its cold, dark nights, is a great time for huddling by the fire and telling stories of wonder. These tales could be spooky yarns about ghosts haunting a miser or the madcap adventures of bumbling fools. Or, perhaps, heartbreaking sagas of orphans toiling in workhouses would strike a chord. Anything that warms the heart or electrifies the imagination when it is so frosty outside could do a body well.The title page of the first edition of A Christmas Carol, from 1843, with illustrations by John Leech (Heritage Auctions, Inc).By 1850, Charles Dickens could smugly say about all of those plots, “been there, done that!” To great acclaim, he had penned A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and other timeless tales. Nevertheless, the prolific English author was still looking for new writing projects. He had become the editor (or “conductor,” as he put it) of a new magazine called Household Words, and ...

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