Punch,  5 (1843), 144.

British Association at Cork



News-Commentary, Drollery


Societies, Human Species, Invention

    Responds to news that a shoemaker was invited to 'uphold the credit of his trade' at the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The shoemaker has devoted his life to 'the human understanding by taking models of his customers' feet in gypsum' and he offers to apply the principles of Euclid to the ordinary ankle-jack'. Believes he has done for the boot 'what Newton did for the Ribston pippin—investing the article in question with high scientific interest'.

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