Punch,  27 (1854), 208.

New Professorship



News-Commentary, Drollery


Periodicals, Universities, Societies, Mathematics, Language

    Reports that the former editor of the Morning Advertiser has 'accepted the appointment of Regius Professor of Penny-a-lineism', a post created by the efforts of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, which appears to have been subscribing to newspapers more than philosophical publications. Suggests questions that the professor will set for examination and these display the overlap between the discourses of journalism and those of academic subjects. For example, the second question asks the student to 'extract the roots' of the '"most enormous gooseberry" [...] and show that they are "inversely" as the Times, and directly at the "square" of the Printing House'.

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