Ivy Johnson

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is an illustrator based in New York, where she attends the School of Visual Arts.

Articles by Ivy Johnson

Astrolabe Tech Made ... Not So Easy

Astrolabe Tech Made ... Not So Easy

About the size of a tablet computer, astrolabes were tools of astronomers, surveyors and navigators, to name a few. But using them took a lot more than typing, tapping and swiping.
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Why Reinvent the Wheel?

Why Reinvent the Wheel?

The wheel may be an all-around symbol of human progress, but how did such a simple invention cause so much controversy?
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The Great Migration of the Bani Hilal

The Great Migration of the Bani Hilal

In the 10th century, herders fled drought in Arabia, but the sultan of Egypt used them against his rivals. Their story went viral—oral-folklore style—as Sirat Bani Hilal, or the Romance of the People of the Crescent Moon.
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What's so Funny About Lucian the Syrian?

What's so Funny About Lucian the Syrian?

Renowned and often notorious, Lucian wrote in Greek under the Roman Empire. Inspiring and famously satirizing, he conjured the source tale for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” penned the first space-travel science fiction novel and coined a term that became a beloved modern superhero. 
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