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James Burke takes an encyclopedic look at wordsmiths, dirty old men, rock hounds, ETs, and the visitor's London in this month's "Connections" column, visiting along the way Samuel Johnson, Adam Smith, Charles Darwin, Denis Diderot, Voltaire, and Jane Austen. This article originally appeared in Scientific American for September 2000.
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