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19 May 2014 | Maps | By: Chris M Sutcliffe

London's Greatest Experiments: An Interactive Map

London's Greatest Experiments: An Interactive Map

After his voyage round the world as a naturalist on HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin concluded that

It is a sorrowful but I fear all too certain truth that no place is at all equal, for aiding one in Natural History pursuits, to this dirty smokey town.

Based on the number of scientific breakthroughs that were made in the capital, it seems he was right, and London is still the home of many scientific institutions, each with its own storied history of invention. Take this interactive tour through 10 of the capital's greatest experiments — from semi-magical dabbling of the 17th century to 20th century breakthroughs. There are many more, so let us know your favourites in the comments below.

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Ruth Hargreaves

This is fantastic

Jeremy Barraud

How about Sir William Henry Perkin? He invented the first synthetic organic chemical dye in his makeshift lab on Cable Street and pretty much created the modern chemical industry.