The Early Modern Commons

Darin Hayton

Recent Posts

A Distorted Picture

19 October 2017

Modern man has formed a curiously distorted picture of himself, by interpreting his early history in terms of his present interests in making machines and conquering nature. And then...

Trust In Numbers

15 September 2017

Given Ted Porter’s interest numbers and statistics, I would not be surprised if he wrote murder mysteries about gambling and money. The three wives was just icing on the murderous...

Leviathan and the Broken Air-Pump

30 May 2017

What if Shapin and Schaffer’s classic, Leviathan and the Air-Pump were one in a series about the adventures of Rob Boyle, deep-sea explorer and treasure-hunter? Lieutenants S....

Last Days of Patient 33

24 May 2017

In the afternoon of September 26, 1818, a family from Gloucester County, New Jersey arrived at Friends’ Asylum in Frankford, outside Philadelphia. They had brought their relative,...