Unnatural evolution

While human cultures and societies grow from simple to complex, languages seem to evolve in the opposite direction. The ancestors … More

Arabesque entanglements

One of the most distinctive visual features of medieval manuscripts is the arabesque decoration surrounding the text on the page. … More

Reading continents

My heart misses a beat (and that’s quite often) each time I read popular books about the history of the … More

The lunatic library

Last February, the news came that Umberto Eco’s library would pass under the protection of the Italian state. His modern … More

Recovering old myths

Perhaps it’s time to stop speculating over Wheel 2.0 and start looking at ways to improve Wheel 1.0, the one … More