Crystal Boyle — By Robert Boyle (Harper’s Magazine)

This is so wonderful. We’re all living even further in the future than other people’s crazy dreams.

From a wish list of scientific advancements compiled by chemist and inventor Robert Boyle, who in 1662 discovered that the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional, a property now known as Boyle’s Law. The list, which dates from the 1660s, is on display this month at the Royal Society of London, as part of the institution’s 350th anniversary celebration.

  • The Prolongation of Life
  • The Recovery of Youth, or at Least Some of the Marks of It, as New Teeth, New Hair Colour’d as in Youth
  • The Art of Flying
  • The Art of Continuing Long Under Water, and Exercising Functions Freely There
  • The Cure of Wounds at a Distance
  • The Cure of Diseases at a Distance or at Least by Transplantation
  • The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions
  • The Acceleration of the Production of Things out of Seed
  • The Transmutation of Metalls
  • The Making of Glass Malleable
  • The Making Armor Light and Extremely Hard
  • The Transmutation of Species in Mineralls, Animals, and Vegetables
  • The Emulating of Fish Without Engines by Custome and Education Only
  • The Practicable and Certain Way of Finding Longitudes
  • The Use of Pendulums at Sea and in Journeys, and the Application of It to Watches
  • A Ship to Saile with All Winds, and a Ship Not to Be Sunk
  • Freedom from Necessity of Much Sleeping Exemplify’d by the Operations of Tea and What Happens in Mad-men
  • Pleasing Dreams and Physicall Exercises Exemplify’d by the Egyptian Electuary and by the Fungus Mentioned by the French Author
  • Great Strength and Agility of Body Exemplify’d by That of Frantick Epileptick and Hystericall Persons
  • Varnishes Perfumable by Rubbing
  • A Perpetuall Light

Crystal Boyle — By Robert Boyle (Harper’s Magazine)