Blog Archives for May 2016

“The Man Who Knew Infinity”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 20, 2016

Buffeted by forces ranging from poverty to romantic estrangement, academic strictures, outright racism, and profound illness, math visionary Srinivasa Ramanujan lived a brief life that has yielded a rich study in perseverance and the triumph of genius. It is titled, The Man Who Knew Infinity.

Dr. Kennedy’s Medical Discovery

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 17, 2016

The embossment, “Dr. Kennedy’s / Medical Discovery / Roxbury, Mass.”—on a bottle in my collection (see photo)—was first used in 1846 by Dr. Donald Kennedy. Or perhaps we should place the “Dr.” in quotation marks, since all of his early advertisements—including one from 1854—omit the title, as in “Manufactured by Donald Kennedy.”

Sir Harry Kroto

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 06, 2016

English chemist, Nobel laureate, humanist, CSI Fellow, and all-around admirable human being, Sir Harold Kroto has left those of us who knew him saddened over his death, April 30, 2016, of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Hawks Universal Stimulant

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 04, 2016

The bottle shown here is embossed “DR. HAWKS [sic] UNIVERSAL STIMULANT”; the product was advertised at least as early as 1861.