Photochrome of a glacier, Grindelwald, Switzerland, c. 1890. © Rijksmuseum


Volume X, Number 2 | spring 2017


In the 1860s, toward the end of his life, “father of computing” Charles Babbage “never abstained from the publication of his sentiments when he thought that his silence might imply his approbation,” wrote his friend Harry Buxton, “nor did he ever take refuge in silence when he believed it might be interpreted as cowardice.”

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

—Edith Wharton, 1924


The World in Time

Richard White

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865–1896. More