Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  11 (1885–86), 315–20.

Editor's Easy Chair



Regular Feature, Editorial


Periodicals, Naturalists, Mechanics, Popularization, Politics, Scientific Practitioners

    In introducing a new section entitled the 'Editor's Study', reflects that a 'magazine is something of a club' in which, among the outpourings of poets, novelists and travellers, the 'naturalist reveals his beautiful secrets, and the mysteries of mechanics are made plain by the inventor'. However, if such a club also provided the kind of 'cozy little study [...] in which Faraday could have told us every month in pleasant chat something about science, or Edmund Burke, let us say, had talked of politics, or Coleridge of philosophy, would there [be] any club or drawing-room in famous London more agreeable?'. (316) Also notes that 'Professor Tyndall [...] took part in the late Parliamentary campaign, so far as to write a letter declining to stand for a seat', and suggests that Tyndall's missive condemning William E Gladstone's handling of the recent crisis in Sudan is 'as bitter as anything that has been said upon the American stump for many a year' (318).

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