Iwan Rhys Morus
Professor of History, Aberystwyth University

Iwan Rhys Morus is professor of history at Aberystwyth University in Wales. He is the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Science (2017), and his most recent book is Nikola Tesla and the Electrical Future (2019).

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Poster advertising the 1948 Superman series. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Essay/
Stories and literature
Supermensch

Superman et al were invented amid feverish eugenic speculation: what does the superhero craze say about our own times?

Iwan Rhys Morus

From George Griffith’s novel The Angel of the Revolution (1893). Photo courtesy Archive.org

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Future of technology
Fuelling the future

Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energise our own future?

Iwan Rhys Morus

Dispensing of Medical Electricity. Oil painting by Edmund Bristow, 1824. Courtesy Wellcome Images

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History
Bodies electric

We are not the first to think that the human being might be much improved with the judicious application of electricity

Iwan Rhys Morus

Photo by SSPL/Getty

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History
Future perfect

Social progress, high-speed transport and electricity everywhere – how the Victorians invented the future

Iwan Rhys Morus

‘People who said they saw ghosts really did see them’: Seductive posters like this one from 1885 advertised exhibitions of Dr Pepper’s Ghosts at the Royal Polytechnic. Photo courtesy of the British Library

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Art
Trick of the eye

Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?

Iwan Rhys Morus

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