Egyptian creation myth
Egyptian creation myth. 19th-century artwork of a story from the Egyptian creation myths from the third and second millennia BC. The Egyptians told the stories of creation as a series of births and cosmic battles between the gods. Shu the air god (centre) is raising Nut the sky goddess (blue, forming the arch of the sky) to separate her from Geb the earth god (across bottom). Nut is adorned with stars, while Geb is adorned with leaves. The sky, to the Egyptians, was a heavenly Nile, along which the boat of the sun-god Ra (upper left and upper right) sailed from east to west. Artwork from Pioneers of Science (Oliver Lodge, 1893).
© SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Evolution of the Universe, artwork
Evolution of the Universe. Computer artwork showing the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang (far left) 12-15 billion years ago to the present day (far right). Immediately after the Big Bang was the Plank Era (yellow) during which all four forces were unified. This symmetry then breaks, leading to the inflation period (orange) a rapid time of exponential expansion. The universe begins to cool and atomic nuclei can form (nucleosynthesis, red). After 300, 000 years (pink) atoms start to form and after 1 billion years (purple) galaxies start to form.
© JOSE ANTONIO PE'AS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Harrods' centenary celebrations - Tiny Grocery Shop
As part of Harrods' centenary celebrations, this replica of the shop as it was in 1849 was constructed. The world-famous Brompton, Knightsbridge department store began life in Cable Street, Stepney - before moving to its present location to take advantage of the trade provided by The Great Exhibition of 1851 close-by in Hyde Park. Date: 1949
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection