As the best athletes in the world descend on London for this summer's Olympic Games next week, they'll learn what outsiders from Hadrian to Madonna have discovered: Britain's capital is, and always has been, a place that ferments cultural and scientific change. Whether it's filling the role as the financial hub of Europe, or exporting the ideas of the internationally acclaimed academics from its 43 universities—the highest concentration of any city in Europe—London leads the way. In the current issue of Pacific Standard, we offer an off-beat primer on the disparate research coming out of The Big Smoke.
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