A very short history of the piano…..

Devilishly hard to master but unrivalled for learning the elements of music, the piano has now become a standard piece of  furniture. The instrument dates from the early 1700s, but there were several forerunners. The dulcimer, a stringed instrument played with hammers, was probably of ancient Middle Eastern origin. By …

A very short history of Etch-A-Sketch

With its bright-red frame, grey screen, and white plastic knobs, the Etch-a-Sketch toy is a 20th-century toy icon. Millions of kids around the world have manipulated those knobs to draw everything from a single line to complicated portraits. For a plaything so closely identified with American childhood, the Etch-a-Sketch has …

Heads or Tails?…..

In ancient times, people believed that major life decisions should be made by the gods. And they devised ingenious forms of divination to coax gods to answer important questions with an unequivocal “yes” or “no.” Although coins—ideally suited for yes/no responses—were first minted by the Lydians in the tenth century …