Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #23

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

Emblem

Volume #23

Monday 24 November 2014

EDITORIAL:

The #histSTM story of the week on a popular level is without any doubt the start of the film biography of Alan Turing staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly, The Imitation Game. Previous editions of Whewell’s Gazette have featured several previews, trailers and whatever leading up to the premiere, all of which has left our editorial staff with the uneasy feeling that the film will only add to the hagiography that has overtaken the Turing biography since 2012 and the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. As most people are totally incapable of understanding his genuine ground-breaking contributions to meta-mathematics, for which he should justifiably be honoured, his contributions in other fields have been blown up out of all proportions turning him into a sort of boffin superman. Most recently we read the statement that he was “…the tormented outcast who gave us the modern world”, which we commented with Hyperbolic, hagiographic, bullshit! We haven’t had the chance to see the film yet but we thought our readers might be interested in what others who have thought of the film most hotly tipped to sweep the Oscars.

Dazed: Alan Turing expert dissects The Imitation Game

The Guardian: Hidden heroes of codebreaking history

The Telegraph: Imitation Game: how did the Enigma machine work?

Poet Freak: On 100th Birthday of Alan Turing

UCL: STS Observatory: The Imitation Game

Endgadget: ‘The Imitation Game’ puts the spotlight on Alan Turing and his groundbreaking machine

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH stars in THE IMITATION GAME (Film still)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH stars in THE IMITATION GAME (Film still)

The Guardian: Benedict Cumberbatch wins genius status at Time magazine

Wall Street Journal: Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘The Imitation Game’

 

Business Insider: You Need To See ‘The Imitation Game’ If You Care At All About Technology

http://www.businessinsider.com/turing-film-the-imitation-game-is-great-2014-11

Reddit: ‘The Imitation Game’; or ‘How the breaking of the enigma code was kept secret from Winston Fucking Churchill’

ABC News: ‘The Imitation Game’: A Look at the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Flickering Myth com: Second Opinion – The Imitation Game (2014)

The Aperiodical: An Alan Turing expert watches the “The Imitation Game” trailer

I Know Today: Alexandre Desplat – Movie Score Composer For The Imitation Game

NY Daily News: Benedict Cumberbatch puts celebrity to use illuminating historical wrong in ‘The Imitation Game’

The Imitation Game Movie.com

Quotes of the Week:

I can’t wait for the new TV series “I’m A Celebrity, Land Me On A Comet And Leave Me There!” @telescoper

“I can forgive Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.” GB Shaw

Is there any academic discipline more misused, abused, and misunderstood than History? @Eganhistory

“History has to be observed. Otherwise it’s not history. It’s just . . . things happening one after another.” ― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Yovisto: Eugene Wigner and the Structure of the Atomic Nucleus

Eugene Paul Wigner (1902-1995)

Eugene Paul Wigner (1902-1995)

AIP: Oral History Transcript – Dr Eugene Wigner

The New York Times: Is Quantum Entanglement Real

Now Appearing: The most obscure physics laureate?

Royal Museums Greenwich: From sundials to caesium – a brief (140 characters) history of time

Image: National Maritime Museum

Image: National Maritime Museum

Atomic Heritage Foundation: The Soviet Hydrogen Bomb Program

Yovisto: Alfonso X from Spain and the Alfonsine Tables

John D. Cook: How medieval astronomers made trig tables

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Londonist: The British Library Searches For A Northwest Passage

The Bookhunter on Safari: Lines in the Ice

The Guardian: Chilling History: the men who hunted the elusive Northwest Passage

Tetrapod Zoology: Chet van Duzer’s Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Compasswallah: The Compass of Kãlidãsa

British Library: Maps and views blog: These maps were made for walking

Ptak Science Books: A Bestiary of Maps

John Bull and His Friends. A Serio-Comic Map of Europe By Fred W. Rose…

John Bull and His Friends. A Serio-Comic Map of Europe By Fred W. Rose…

Academia.edu: Map of Asia Minor with Greek Names

Ptak Science Books: Visionary Maps: the Earth Without Water, 1694

 

Compasswallah: The Double-Edged Map

MEDICINE:

The Atlantic: Why No One Can Design a Better Speculum

Perceptions of Pregnancy: Megetia’s jaw: a rare historical insight into hyperemesis gravidarum

The New Yorker: Drool: Ivan Pawlov’s real quest

British Red Cross: Dogs of War: The First Aiders on Four Legs

Gas mask hounds

Gas mask hounds

The Generous Georgian; Dr Richard Mead: Venomous Exhalations

BBC: The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir

Notches: Clitoridectomies: Female Genital Mutilation c.1860-2014

The Quack Doctor: Detective Caminada and the quack doctors

The Embryo Project: Dennis Lo (1963- )

Early Modern Medicine: Puppy Water, Beauty’s Help

Image Credit: Wellcome Library London

Image Credit: Wellcome Library London

Dr Alun Withey: Good and Bad Deaths in the Seventeenth Century

Warwick Knowledge Centre: Nigella Seeds: The Vicks Inhaler of Ancient Greece and Modern Day Marrakech

Advances in the History of Psychology: “Hermann von Helmholtz’s Empirico-Transcendentalism Reconsidered”

The New York Times: Willy Burgdorfer, Who Found Bacteria That Caused Lyme Disease , Is Dead at 89

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Death is All Around Us: The Plague Pits of London

Yovisto: William Beaumont and the human digestion

The Lancet: Perspectives: The art of medicine: Drugs, alchohol, and the First World War

CHEMISTRY:

The Recipes Project: The Pharmaca of Jozeph Coelho: A Family of Converso Apothecaries in Seventenh-Century Coimbra

 

 

Credit: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, BNP 2259, Pharmaca de Jozeph Coelho (1668), fol. 1r.

Credit: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, BNP 2259, Pharmaca de Jozeph Coelho (1668), fol. 1r.

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Letters From Gondwana: The Plant Fossil Record and the Extinction Events

The Guardian: Mammoths are a huge part of my life. But cloning them is wrong.

Palaeoblog: Died This Day: Carl Akeley

Wired: Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Seriously Believed Criminals Were Part Ape

Medievalist.net: A Royal Beast and the Menagerie in the Tower

Slate: How One 17th-Century Artist Produced a Good Painting of an Animal He’d Never Seen

Science in the Making: He Told Animal Stories

Trowelblazers: Katherine Woolley

Natural History Museum: Rare Stegosaurus skeleton to be unveiled at the museum

The Museum's new Stegosaurus specimen

The Museum’s new Stegosaurus specimen

History of Geology: Earth’s Age and the Cosmic Calendar

Notches: Mau Mau, anti-colonialism and “female genital mutilation”

Slate: Beautiful, Terrible Watercolors of a 19th-Century Whale Hunt, Found in a Ship’s Logbook

Natural History Museum: Evolution pioneer’s illegible notebook brought back to life

Thinking Like a Mountain: (Re)Introducing the Capercaillie to Scotland, 1837-1900

Taylor & Francis Online: Brass for Brains: Lord Kelvin and tide prediction

The Embryo Project: Edwin Grant Conklin

Wallifaction: Piltdown Man

Business Insider UK: Researchers Found Something Amazing When They Autopsied A 40, 00-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth

Nature: Lucy discoverer on the ancestor people relate to

The Guardian: Shelf Life: 33 Million Things

Terrain.org: The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell

Kestrels and Cerevisiae: The Turkey

Pierre Belon du Mans, L’histoire de la nature des oyseaux, 1555:

Pierre Belon du Mans, L’histoire de la nature des oyseaux, 1555:

TECHNOLOGY:

Internet Society: Brief History of the Internet

Conciatore: Cardinal del Monte Reprise

Active History.ca: History Matters: ‘It’s history, like it or not’: the Significance of Sudbury’s Superstack

Inside the Science Museum: How did tea and cake help start s computing revolution?

Leo I electronic computer, c 1960s (Image: Science Museum)

Leo I electronic computer, c 1960s (Image: Science Museum)

University of Toronto: Scientific Instrument Collection: For the Birds: The Bird Behaviour Recorder

The Atlantic: Old, Weird Tech: John Muir Mechanical GTD Desk Edition

Motherboard: The Evolution of Planetary Rovers in Pictures

Slate: The Golden Age of Telegraph Literature

My medieval foundry: The origin and use of bellows, especially in medieval Europe

NPR: How Kodak’s Shirley Cards Set Photography’s Skin-Tone Standard

How We Get To Next: The Big Cooking Geek Trend of 1911, Paper Bags

Science Museum: Automatic tea-making machine (1902-10)

Auttomatic Tea-Making Machine built by Albert E Richardson, a clockmaker from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. (Image: Science Museum)

Auttomatic Tea-Making Machine built by Albert E Richardson, a clockmaker from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. (Image: Science Museum)

Yovisto: Ferdinand de Lesseps and the Suez Canal

Giacomo Parrinello: Aqueducts 1800-1940: An Animated Map

NYAM: A Different Kind of Flush

Christie’s: A British Typex Cipher Machine

Atlas Obscura: Barthman’s Sidewalk Clock

Brand Thinking: Do You Remember When Printing Was Still a New Technology?

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Eccentric Parabola: Peter Hopkirk – Historian of the Great Game

Fortune: Can we survive technology (Fortune 1955) John von Neumann

Remedia: Archive Magpie Vol. 2

Guardian: Exhibition review: Into the orgasmatron! The Institute of Sexology hits the spot

Thinking inside the box … Stephen Moss sits inside an ‘orgone accumulator’. Photograph: David Levene

Thinking inside the box … Stephen Moss sits inside an ‘orgone accumulator’. Photograph: David Levene

Historiens de la santé: History of Psychiatry December 2014; 25 (4) Contents

Productive (adj) A lively look at work-life balance: How to attend a conference with a baby

The Royal Society: The Repository: An alternative philosophical supper

Corpus Newtonicum: SIN Meets LSA

THE: Wellcome Trust announces major funding scheme changes

Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Trust unveils new funding framework

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: Historicizing Big Data

 

Qatar Digital Library: Why were so many of the Greek-Arabic Translators Christians?

New APPS: In memoriam Patrick Suppes

Historiens de la santé: Social History of Medicine Vol. 27 (4) Contents

The Conversation: Sorry minister, but philistinism is not an educational policy

BBC: Imperial War Museum library closure petition launched

 

Science Book a Day: Interviews Philip Ball

Brain Pickings: A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction

Royal Historical Society: Public History Prize

Doctor or Doctress: Exploring American history through the eyes of women physicians

University of Edinburgh: Paper (OA): Science and sociability: Women as audience at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1831-1901 @beckyfh

SHOT 2014: Tweets Storified

ESOTERIC:

Medievalist.net: The Book of Felicity

Conciatore: The Dominican Connection

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung: 500 Jahre alte Alchemistenwerkstatt in Wittenberg

Restauratorin Vera Keil vom Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte begutachtet Hinterlassenschaften einer rund 500 Jahre alten Alchemistenwerkstatt.  (BILD: DPA)

Restauratorin Vera Keil vom Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte begutachtet Hinterlassenschaften einer rund 500 Jahre alten Alchemistenwerkstatt. (BILD: DPA)

History of Alchemy: Elizabeth I and Alchemy (podcast)

BOOK REVIEWS:

Double Refraction: How to end the science wars: a review of Harry Collins and Jay Labinger, The One Culture? A Conversation About Science, part I/II

Forbes: A Magisterial Synthesis of Apes and Human Evolution

Professor Russell H. Tuttle, University of Chicago. Image courtesy of Phys.org.

Professor Russell H. Tuttle, University of Chicago. Image courtesy of Phys.org.

NEW BOOKS:

Chicago Tribune: James Watson on ‘Father to Son’

The H-Word: History of science books: Pickstone Prize shortlist announced

h-madness: A new biography of Freud by Élisabeth Roudinesco

John Tyndall Correspondence Project: Vol. 1 of the Tyndall Correspondence is nearing publication!

Pickering & Chatto: Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880 now available as eBook

Historiens de la santé: The Recent History of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Historiens de la santé: Medical Monopoly. Intellectual Property rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry Joseph M. Gabriel

9780226108186

THEATRE:

FILM:

The Huffington Post: Sir Isaac Newton and the Inadvertent Feminist

TELEVISION:

VIDEOS:

OSU: Special Collections & Archives: “The Live and Work of Linus Pauling (1901-1994): A Discourse of the Art of Biography”

Vimeo: The Earth is Round! The Image of the Earth in the Middle Ages

Vimeo: The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

American Museum of Natural History: Shelf Life: Episode One: 33 Million Things

Youtube: Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Pulsar Discovery

Youtube: Trust in Science workshop in Toronto

Youtube: Museums and STEM Engagement: Objects of Invention

CBS News: Almanac: Vacuum Tubes

Youtube: Introduction to the Board of Longitude

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CHOMI: University of Ulster: History of Medicine Essay Prize 2015

Durham Medieval Philosophy Lab: The Medieval Mind Lecture Series 2014-2015 Preliminary Schedule

Umeå University: The Anthropocene – A History of the World (course)

University of Oxford: Faculty of English: CfP: Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages 11-12 September 2015

Aarhus University: Centre for Science Studies: CfP: Biannual meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice 24-26 June 2015

 

Royal Historical Society: Public History Prize

Miami University: Kimberly Hamlin honored with Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize

Wellcome Collection: Exhibition: The Institute of Sexology 20 Nov 2014-20 Sept 2015

H-memory: CfP: “Material traces of Mass Death – the exhumed object” France Nov 2015

 

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Exhibition: Books of Secrets: reading & writing alchemy Opening Friday 5 December 2014

An Alchemist in His Laboratory, follower of Gerrit Dou, 17th century, oil on panel. Courtesy of Roy Eddleman.

An Alchemist in His Laboratory, follower of Gerrit Dou, 17th century, oil on panel. Courtesy of Roy Eddleman.

 

Royal Historical Society: CfP: An Honourable Death Birkbeck, University of London 9 May 2015

EAHMH: CfP: Biennial conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Cologne Germany 2-5 September 2015

Writing Fieldwork: CfP: Two-day symposium on fieldwork, its history, and the place of writing and texts within it. Princeton University 24-25 April 2015

Society for the History of Chemistry and Alchemy: Making Chemistry: History, Materials, and Practices: Royal Institution and Institute of Making, UCL, London 8 December 2014

University of Southampton: CfP: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic 15-16 June 2015

The Harvard Crimson: Professor Wins History of Science Award

Royal Museums Greenwich: Lecture: The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch 27 November

LOOKING FOR WORK:

Port Towns & Urban Culture: Come and work with us! Lecturer/ Research Fellows in Naval History

University of Manchester: Research Fellow in the History of Biology/Medicine

Science Museum Group: Current Vacancies

University of Oxford: Over 900 Scholarships for new graduate students at Oxford in 2015-16

Queen Mary University of London: Postgraduate Research Studentships

University of Portsmouth: Lecturer/Research Fellow in the History of the Royal Navy in the Age of Sail, circa 1660-1815

Wellcome Trust: Portfolio Development Manager: Medical Humanities

Wellcome Trust: Senior Project Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #22

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

Emblem

Volume #22

Monday 17 November 2014

EDITORIAL:

“when you build up false history and false claims for the nation…it is not serving the nation, it is ridiculing the nation – “‪@irfhabib

Recent utterances by politicians have demonstrated the importance of a strong public understanding of the history of the sciences and related disciples (#histSTM). First we had the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech, as part of his extreme Hindu nationalist political programme, claiming that all sorts of modern science and medicine were known to the Hindus in Vedic times and are thus not discoveries of the Western World. He was slapped down fast enough by Indian historians and historian of science but his speech will undoubtedly have influenced many less knowledgeable Indians convincing them that the West has stolen their heritage. India did indeed make important contributions to the evolution of science, a fact that is often not adequately acknowledged in Western accounts of STM history but not the rubbish that Modi spouted.

This weekend saw a second outbreak of the falsification of STM history, this time exploration, for religious nationalist propaganda purposes by Turkey’s recently elected President and ex-prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In a speech delivered to South American Muslim leaders Erdoğan claimed that it wasn’t Columbus who discovered America but Muslims who sailed there in 1178. Erdoğan went on to claim, “Columbus mentions a mosque on a hill on the coast of Cuba”. This bizarre claim is not new but is based on an article from 1996 by the historian Youssef Mroueh. In fact the entry from Columbus’ journal merely describes a hill as having the form of a mosque.

Such attempts by politicians to interpret or even rewrite the history of science in the interest of their own religion or nationalist beliefs are nothing new. One only needs to think of the, in the meantime, more than two hundred year long dispute amongst nationalist as to whether Copernicus is German or Polish, a totally meaningless dispute with reference to the times in which he actually lived. One grotesque highpoint of this dispute was an imperial decree issued by the Nazi, unfortunately still in force in Germany, that the name Copernicus is to be spelt Kopernikus!

Nationalism has no place in STM history and all STM historians should feel obligated to fight against any attempts by politicians to rewrite STM history for propaganda purposes.

“Modern science is a conglomeration of different cultures and civilisations. All these contributions were marginalised due to politics.” @irfhabib – h/t@fadesingh

Let us reclaim STM history for the historians

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Conciatore: Galileo and Glass Reprise

Irish Philosophy: John Stewart Bell: The Nature of Reality

John Stewart Bell

John Stewart Bell

Space: Here’s a Thirty-Year History of Getting Closer to Comets

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Remembering Veterans who worked on the Manhattan Project

AIP: The Centennial of Einstein’s 1915 Theory of General Relativity

Huff Post Business: What I Learned from Einstein: The Importance of Culture

Symmetry: The November Revolution

Burton Richter & Sam Ting Courtesy of: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Burton Richter & Sam Ting
Courtesy of: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

 

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Yovisto: Dr Livingstone, I presume?

Medievalist.net: Recovering the lost details of a medieval map

Yovisto: Louis Antoine de Bougainville and his Voyage Around the World

Bougainville reaching Tahiti

Bougainville reaching Tahiti

MEDICINE:

The Conversation: How a painful operation inspired the 18th-century equivalent of a horror movie soundtrack

Royal College of Physicians: Not suitable for vegetarians

The Women’s Blog: No. no, no! Victorians didn’t invent the vibrator

Wonders & Marvels: The history of tampons – in ancient Greece?

 

Four Nations History: Unions and unions: science and medicine in and around Irland, England and Scotland, 1850-1900

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: The Foundling Laboratory: inoculation and experimentation

Early Modern Practitioners: Researching Medical Practitioners in Early Modern Ireland

William Petty, c. 1650. Image Wikipedia Commons

William Petty, c. 1650.
Image Wikipedia Commons

Wellcome Library: Researching medicine in recipe books

Medievalist.net: Healthy Eating in the Middle Ages: the Tacuinum Sanitatis

Yovisto: Dorothea Erxleben – Germany’s First Female Medical Doctor

Dorothea Christiane Erxleben  (1715 – 1762)

Dorothea Christiane Erxleben
(1715 – 1762)

Centre for Medical Humanities: Hippocrates Electric: Invoking the ‘Father of Medicine’ in the 21st Century

Slate: 19th-Century Classified Ads for Abortifacients and Contraceptives

CHEMISTRY:

The Recipes Project: Topazes, Emeralds, and Crystal Rubies. The Faking and Making of Precious Stones

Fig. 3 The coloring of stones

Fig. 3 The coloring of stones

The Artery: Science of Art Conservation in U. S. Began With One Man’s Collection of Colors at Harvard

 

Conciatore: Lake of Flowers

 

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

The Embryo Project: Roy John Britten (1919–2012)

National Museum of Natural History Unearthed: Colored Diamonds from Rio Tinto: The Rough Cut

Yovisto: Robert Morison and the Classification of Plants

The Embryo Project: Francis Maitland Balfour

JSTOR Daily: Animals in the Archive

Geschichte der Geologie: Geologie in Alten Ägypten

Pitt Rivers Museum: A Well-Documented Life: James Arthur Harley (1873-1943)

Nautilus: Cloudy With a Chance of War

Palaeoblog: Died This Day: William Lonsdale

Free Thought Blog: Darwin’s Geological Sense of Humour

The Public Domain Review: Nature Through Microscope and Camera (1909)

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Spitalfields Life: A Garden for Thomas Fairchild

TECHNOLOGY:

BBC: Joan Clarke, woman who cracked Enigma cyphers with Alan Turing

The Pianola Institute: The Pleyela, Pleyel-Pleyela and Auto-Pleyela

Psychology Today: Hive Mind: Oh “Hedy” Days of Youth!

BBC: The story of the ‘most complicated’ watch in the world

Unmaking the Bomb: The Visible Atomic Bomb

Science Museum: Cometarium

Cometarium, by W and S Jones, London, a model designed to show the change in motion of a comet as it moves closer and then further away from the Sun according to Newton's theory of gravity. Front 3/4 view of whole object (without lid) against graduated grey background.

Cometarium, by W and S Jones, London, a model designed to show the change in motion of a comet as it moves closer and then further away from the Sun according to Newton’s theory of gravity. Front 3/4 view of whole object (without lid) against graduated grey background.

British Library: English and Drama Blog: History at Stake! The Story Behind Vampire Slaying Kits

Internet Society: Brief History of the Internet

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Leaping Robot: Science (and Science History) for the Public

The University of Glasgow Story: Sir William Thompson Baron Kelvin of Largs

 

The Nation: Apostles of Growth

BBC: Materials book wins Royal Society Winton Prize

Historyonics: Big Data, Small Data and Meaning

The Trickster Prince: Big histories, small minds

Scientific American: Google Scholar Pioneer Reflects on the Academic Search Engine’s Future

 

AIP: Center for History of Physics: History Center Welcomes New Historian

The Recipe Project: Exploring CPP 10a214: Overlapping Territories

The Dutch in Kerala (knowledge transfer)

American Science: HSS Recap Part 1: Visibility and Invisibility

American Science: HSS Recap Part 2: Humans, Pain, and Philosophy

American Science: SHOT Recap: Innovation, Risk, and Magic

Joanne Bailey Muses on History: The role of nostalgia in forging family life

Medical Heritage Library: Year One of “Expanding the Medical Heritage Library” Is Complete!

Emlio Segrè Visual Archive (History of Physics)

Arms and the Medical Man: What counted as knowledge before the First World War?

Guardian: Bible edges out Darwin as ‘most valuable to humanity’ in survey of influential books

The Physics arXiv Blog: The Extraordinary Growing Impact of the History of Science

University of Cambridge: Sachiko Kusukawa wins Pfizer Prize for “Picturing the Book of Nature”

The Current: A Visionary Accomplishment

W. Patrick McCray Photo Credit:  Brian W. Robb

W. Patrick McCray
Photo Credit:
Brian W. Robb

The History of Moden Biomedicine: The Recent History of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Martin Grandjean: [Twitter Studies] Re-writing history in 140 characters

Nautilus: Einstein Among the Daffodils

The Guardian: Jacqueline Stedall obituary

Back Channel: The Man Who Made The UK Say “I’m Sorry For What We Did To Turing”

Method Science in the Making: Issue 1 Boundaries

Literacy of the Present: The Autonomous Science Machine

SHOT: Plenary Lecture: How does one do the History of Technology? David E. Nye (PDF)

ESOTERIC:

Brian Regal: Richard Owen and the sea-serpent (PDF)

Conciatore: Benedetto Vanda

View of Badia Fiesolana - Gaspar Van Wittel called 'Vanvitelli' (1652/3-1736)

View of Badia Fiesolana – Gaspar Van Wittel called ‘Vanvitelli’ (1652/3-1736)

Heterodoxology: Rosicrucian quadricentennary at the BPH

BOOK REVIEWS:

Guardian: Seven Elements That Have Changed the World by John Browne

Popular Science: About Time – Adam FrankUnknown

NEW BOOKS:

D. Lamb: Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry

 

OUP: Classical Philosophy: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 1

Brill: The Making of Copernicus

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Princeton University Press: Patrick McCray’s “The Visioneers” win HSS award.

Historiens de la santé: Gender and Class in English Asylums, 1890-1914

teleskopos: Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal – book now available

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Historiens de la santé: Art of Vesalius

 

THEATRE:

FILM:

The Guardian: Alan Turing’s name restored with film about his work, life and identity

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing with Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game. Photograph: Allstar/Black Bear Pictures

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing with Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game. Photograph: Allstar/Black Bear Pictures

EQ View: The Imitation Game – Review

TELEVISION:

TVMOLE: Greenlit: Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction, BBC2

Medievalist.net: High-Tech Feudalism: Warrior Culture and Science Fiction TV

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

Youtube: The Quantum Indians

Youtube: Accidental Discoveries That Changed the World – Reactions

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

NPR: Remembering Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Weapons Systems Developer

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Cambridge University Library: Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014-2015

Historiens de la santé: Institut Pasteur Paris: Conference: Les Instituts Pasteur au Maghreb, des origins aux indépendances 27 November 2014

The Renaissance Diary: 2nd CfP: 6th Norwegian Conference on the history of Science Oslo 11-13 February 2015

ChoM News: Lecture: The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them? December 4 2014

Race and Ethnicity in the Global South: Warwick Awarded at history of Science Society

Educating Women: CfP: Women’s History in the Digital World 2015

CHoM News: Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

“Making the Suicidal Object: Sympathy and Surveillance in the American Asylum” 20

November

British Library: Exhibition: Lines in the ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

14 November–29 March

Lines in the Ice British Library Exhibition

Lines in the Ice British Library Exhibition

University of Aveiro Portugal: CfP: Chemical Biography in the 21st Century 9-12 September 2015

 

Royal Holloway University of London: CfP: 2015 Annual Conference of the Oral History Society

Royal Museums Greenwich: CfP: The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485–1714

Advances in the History of Psychology: Nov 24 Talk! BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar Series

BSHS: CfP: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference, 2015

2-5 July 2015, Swansea University

H-Net: CfP: Gendering Science, Prague 4-6 June 2015 Abstracts due 15 December 2014

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami annual graduate student conference, CfP: “Born-Digital: Reformatting Humanities in the 21st Century” March 20-21, 2015.

Greenwich Maritime Institute: CfP. New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 10-11 April 2015 University of Greenwich

The Royal Institution: Lecture: The history of the Christmas Lectures Wednesday 19 November

UCL: First STS Haldane Lecture: Professor Simon Schaffer “Mutability, mobility and meteorites: on some material cultures of the sciences”20 November2014

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition

Manchester Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine: CfP: Stories about science: exploring science communication and entertainment media 4-5 June 2015

 

The Renaissance Diary: CfP: Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400–1800

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #21

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

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Volume #21

Monday 10 November 2014

EDITORIAL:

Your favourite weekly #HistSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette has reached its twenty-first edition and would thus in the time of its Editor In Chief have reached maturity or adulthood. It had an easy childhood and although it displayed occasional tardiness in its adolescence has on the whole maintained a high standard of public presentation. We the editorial staff hope that it will continue to grow and mature for many editions to come and in doing so to reflect a healthy and thriving #HistSTM Internet community.

Quotes of the Week:

“Do not sentence me completely to the treadmill of mathematical calculations – leave me time for philosophical speculations” – Johannes Kepler

“Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh just 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 1949 h/t @kasthomas

Birthdays of the Week:

Marie Curie born 7 November 1867

The last week saw the 147th anniversary of the birth of the Polish–French physicist and chemist Marie Curie one of the dominant figures of early twentieth-century science whether male or female. The first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person up to now to win a Nobel Prize in two different scientific disciplines, physics in 1903

Nobel Prize in Physics photo (1903)

Nobel Prize in Physics photo (1903)

 

and chemistry in 1911.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry photo (1911)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry photo (1911)

She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. The list of her scientific achievements and her honours are too long to be listed here but she remains a shining beacon for all women wishing to follow a career path in the sciences.

Yovisto: Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Brain Pickings: Marie Curie on Curiosity, Wonder, and the Spirit of Adventure in Science

Hedy Lamarr born 9 November 1914: A famous film star hailed as the most beautiful woman in the world the Viennese actress more much more than a pretty face.

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000)

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000)

Una Sinott: Happy 100th Birthday Hedy Lamarr, inventor of the wireless network

Yovisto: Hedy Lamarr – a Hollywood Star Invents Secure Communications Technology

Nature born 4 November 1869

Nature

Fun Nature fact: the Wordsworth quote on the first masthead was altered. The Nature version reads “To the solid ground of Nature trusts the mind which builds for aye.” Wordsworth capitalized “Mind” and not “nature.” By Melinda Baldwin

Yovisto: The World’s most important Scientific Journal – Nature

Nature: First Issue of Nature

Nature Podcast: November 1869: Nature is born

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Blink: Celestial Astronomy

Compass Wallah: Reading List: The Celestial Cinema

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Dr Nick Holonyak

Medievalist.net: Quadrant Constructions and Applications in Western Europe During the Early Renaissance

Space Watchtower: 160th B-day: Transit of Venus Admirer John Philip Sousa

Discover: Beautiful Maps of Space Throughout the Ages

Planet Vulcan 1846 A.D. Library of Congress

Planet Vulcan 1846 A.D.
Library of Congress

Great American Eclipse: Total solar eclipses of the 19th century

American Science: Atomic Shells

The Daily Beast: The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims

The Telegraph: Stephen Hawking: driven by a cosmic force of will

Hindu History: Erwin Schrödinger: Vedantist and Father of Quantum Mechanics

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Guardian: Uncovering the secrets of John Franklin’s doomed voyage

British Library: Learning Mapping Minds: Ptolemy’s World Map 1482

Board of Longitude Project: Longitude Legends: Isaac Newton

Georgian Gent: Travel in the 18th Century

Linear maps printed by Bowles and Co – this is one showing the journey between Banbury and Bristol.

Linear maps printed by Bowles and Co – this is one showing the journey between Banbury and Bristol.

Behind the scenes at the map museum

MEDICINE:

Perceptions of Pregnancy: How ‘Orals’ Altered the Contraceptive Marketplace in 1960s Britain

Panacea: “Death in the Pot!” Part II

Guardian: Murder at the museum: death and decay go on display

Early Modern Medicine: Comforting Cocoa

History of the Ancient World: Contraception and Abortion in the Ancient World

Medieval Abortion 13th century Pseudo-Apuleius

Medieval Abortion 13th century
Pseudo-Apuleius

FWSA: Being a Woman, Being a Mother: Infertility in early modern England

Slate Vault: How 19th-Century Doctors Used Daguerreotypes For Consultation on Difficult Cases

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society: Rethinking Patent Medicine

global-e: Viral Consumption

The Embryology Project: The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1984), by Mary Warnock and the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Remedia: Locating Convalescence in Victorian England

Yovisto: Hermann ‘Klecks’ Rorschach and his Eponymous Test

Yovisto: Florence Sabin – Preparing the Ground for Women in Medical Science

Smithsonian.com: George Washington Didn’t Have Wooden Teeth – They Were Ivory

CHEMISTRY:

Yovisto: Daniel Rutherford and the Isolation of Nitrogen

Mail Online: Build Fireworks the 18th Century Way

Public Domain Review: Picturing Pyrotechnics

Image showing fireworks at The Hague, June 14, 1713 on the occasion of the “Peace of Utrecht”, found in Klebeband 10 of the Fürstlich Waldecksche Hofbibliothek

Image showing fireworks at The Hague, June 14, 1713 on the occasion of the “Peace of Utrecht”, found in Klebeband 10 of the Fürstlich Waldecksche Hofbibliothek

Distillato: Gunpowder that doesn’t go bang:

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet #8: Sulfur

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Palaeoblog: Died This Day: Oliver Perry Hay

The Embryo Project: Lysogenic Bacteria as an Experimental Model at the Pasteur Institute (1915-1965) 

History of Geology: The Season of the Witch: Climate-Change and Witch-Hunt Through the Ages

Witches cause a hailstorm, illustration from the “De Laniss et phitonicis mulieribus” [Concerning Witches and Sorceresses], by the scholar Ulrich Molitoris, published in 1489.

Witches cause a hailstorm, illustration from the “De Laniss et phitonicis mulieribus” [Concerning Witches and Sorceresses], by the scholar Ulrich Molitoris, published in 1489.

The Macropod: A Trumpery Affair

Letters from Gondwana: The Poetry of the Ice Age:

Yovisto: Spyridon Marinatos and the Discovery of Akrotiri

The Artful Amoeba: Origin of Mysterious Portuguese Mathematical and Geographical Tiles Revealed

Thinking Like a Mountain: Environment(s) in Public: Histories of Climate, Landscape & Ecology at UEA

Raw Story: The myth of race: Why are we divided by race when there is no such thing?

The Embryo Project: “Evolution and Tinkering” (1977), by Francois Jacob

TECHNOLOGY:

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Spacecraft. Marina 10, Flight Spare

Thick Objects: Researchers as Craftspeople: Glass Microtools and Microscopy

Inside the Science Museum: Dogs in Space

Dog spacesuit and ejector seat used on suborbital rocket flights launched from Kapustin Yar, Soviet Union, c. 1955. Credit: Zvezda Research, Development and Production Enterprise, photo by Rosizo.

Dog spacesuit and ejector seat used on suborbital rocket flights launched from Kapustin Yar, Soviet Union, c. 1955. Credit: Zvezda Research, Development and Production Enterprise, photo by Rosizo.

Scientific American: Remembering Laika the Dog’s Trip to Space, 57 Years Later

 

Conciatore: The Dance of Lead Crystal Reprise

Motherboard: The First Electronic Voting Machine

The Atlantic: The First Plastic Football Helmets Often Broke on Impact

The Telegraph: the barmy inventions that time forgot

Science Museum: Empire type world clock for indicating time around the globe, 1909

The Royal Institution: Hacking at the Royal Institution

My Medieval Foundry: How not to make a stone mould for pewter spoons

 

 

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Frontispiece for the Penny magazine of the society for the diffusion of useful knowledge Source British Museum h/t @beckyfh

Frontispiece for the Penny magazine of the society for the diffusion of useful knowledge Source British Museum h/t @beckyfh

Leaping Robot: Golden Fleece 2.0

Judge Starling: Seven Citations of a Paper that Doesn’t Exist: Has Science Become a Game of Chinese Whispers

Royal Museums Greenwich: Letting off steam (punk) with Jeff VanderMeer

The Geek Pund: The Geek Pound VS Museums: Interview with curator Heloise Finch-Boyer, Royal Museums Greenwich

IEEE Spectrum: Nikola Tesla Slept Here

Guinevere Glasfurd: Descartes in Amsterdam

The Science and Entertainment Laboratory: Pulsars, Pills and Post-Punk: Designed for Unknown Pleasures

Conciatore: Bibliomaniac

Irish News: Bicentenary of mathematician George Boole to be celebrated

On Display: Playing with Museum Representations of 18th-Century American Encounters

The Guardian: Leonore Davidoff Obituary

The Hindu: Mythology, science and society

JISC Digitisation and Content: Medical Insights

Hyperallergic: 800,000 Pages of Patient Art and Mental Health Archives Are Going Online

British Library: Asian and Africa studies blog: Arabic scientific manuscripts go live in Qatar Digital Library

Humanities: Scholar Stretches Truth: English Professor Bruce Holsinger on Writing Historical Fiction

A2HPS3: David Oldroyd (1936–2014) Obituary

Harvard University Library: Digital Library Collection: Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

 

ESOTERIC:

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Astrology and the novatores, part 2

Academia.edu: The Problems of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900–1939 Introduction

BOOK REVIEWS:

Brian Pickings: Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time in 4000 Years of Mapping Space

Guardian: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

 

Guardian: Serving the Reich by Philip Ball

Physics Today: Churchill’s Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race

Book

 

NEW BOOKS:

History News Network: He Was Scottish and He Changed the World: And Hardly Anyone Knows His Name

157365-JNJ

THEATRE:

FILM:

The Independent: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game: Why scientists make tricky leading men

Scientific American: Science goes to the movies

Slate: How Accurate Is The Theory of Everything?

Inside the Science Museum: The Imitation Game at the Science Museum

The Pilot ACE computer, 1950. Image credit: Science Museum / SSPL

The Pilot ACE computer, 1950. Image credit: Science Museum / SSPL

 

TELEVISION:

VIDEOS:

Princeton University Research: Beyond the bomb: Atomic research changed medicine, biology

Princeton University historian Angela Creager spent more than a decade researching early efforts to transform knowledge and technology developed for the Manhattan Project to peaceful uses.

Princeton University historian Angela Creager spent more than a decade researching early efforts to transform knowledge and technology developed for the Manhattan Project to peaceful uses.

Youtube: John Wilkins: What Is The Philosophy of Science All About?

Youtube: Why Studying the History of Science is Important – Lawrence Principe

Youtube: Lotions and Potions: Medical Books from the Middle Ages – Dr Erik Kwakkel

Vimeo: Chemical Heritage Foundation: Exhibition preview: Book of Secrets: Writing and Reading Alchemy

RADIO:

BBC Radio 3: New Generation Thinkers: Greg Tate: The Poetry of Science

PODCASTS:

New Books in Astronomy: What Galileo Saw: Imagining the Scientific Revolution

Lawrence Lipking

Lawrence Lipking

History of Philosophy: without any gaps: 196. Arts of Darkness: Introduction to Medieval Philosophy

The Royal Society: Visual Science

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The International Committee for the History of Technology, ICOHTEC, welcomes submissions for the Maurice Daumas Prize, which aims to encourage innovative scholarship in the history of technology.

Bodies Beyond Borders. The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge, 1750-1950 7-9 January 2015, Leuven, Belgium

British Library: Exhibition: Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage opens 14 November

Business Wire: Siebel Chair in the History of Science at Illinois Named

The Royal Society: Conference: Publish or Perish? The past, present and future of the scientific journal 19-21 March 2015

Scientiae Toronto 2015: CfP: Victoria College, University of Toronto, 27-29 May 2015

Map History: ‘Maps and Society’ Lectures Programme for 2014–2015 Warburg Institute

UCL Events: Keep the Candle Burning: A re-enactment of Michael Faraday’s Christmas Lectures 11 December 2014

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) will hold its annual “Research in Progress” meeting at The Queen’s College, Oxford on Saturday 21 February 2015.

University of Helsinki: CfP: Workshop “Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice: Methodological Challenges” (Univ. Helsinki, 15-17 June 2015)

University of Helsinki: CLMPS: 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosphy of Science Helsinki 3–8 August 2015

The Warburg Institute: Henry More (1614–1687) A conference to mark the fourth centenary of his birth 5 December 2014

University of Wisconsin: Department of the History of Science: CfP: 2015 Midwest Junto for the History of Science 17-19 April 2015

London PUS Seminar: From ‘Any Woman’ Thrush to Pitiful AIDS: The Construction of HIV-Positive Identities in Just Seventeen Magazine, 1983-1997 26 November 2014

Routledge: Call for proposals for a new Routledge series ‘Medicine and Healing of Antiquity’.

Universities of Washington and Saint Louis: Conference: Vesalius and the Modern Body February 26-28 2015

CFP Extended Deadline: Special Issue on Science, Technology and the Nation, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN) Journal

The Science and Entertainment Laboratory: Stories About Science: Exploring Science Communication and Entertainment Media University of Manchester, 4-5 June 2015

CFP: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference 2015 University of Exeter, 20-21 July 2015

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol: #20

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

Emblem

Volume #20

Monday 03 November 2014

EDITORIAL:

The editorial-team here at Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #HistSTM links digest tend towards the curmudgeonly end of the social spectrum so our attitude to Halloween is perfectly summed up by the following, in our opinion, wonderful photograph.

Photographer unknown

Photographer unknown

However the #HistSTM community appears to contain a large Halloween fan club and this barbaric custom having taken place in the last seven days our twentieth edition is perforce a Halloween special: A ghoulish collection of #HistSTM stories

NYAM: Creepy Historical Drawings of Skeletons Contemplating Mortality

BioDivLibrary: Monsters Are Real

Ghostly Physics: Why quantum entanglement spooked Einstein his entire life

Dittrick Museum Blog: A Grave Matter: Legislating Dissection

Strange Remains: How a Strange 19th Century Coffin Lead to a Revolution in 20th Century Forensic Science

Smithsonian.com: The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death

Flickering Lamps: “the Anatomizer’s Ground” – Uncovering The History of St Olave’s Silver Street

Early Modern Medicine: A dose of witchcraft

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The Atlantic: The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist

telescoper: In the Dark

The Sloane Letters Blog: The Tale of Jane Wenham: an Eighteenth-century Hertfordshire Witch?

Royal College of Physicians: Witchcraft and wizardry in the library

Conciatore: Witch’s Brew of Glass

H-Word: Monstrous Science: how the Yeti gets research funded

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2014/oct/31/halloween-monstrous-science-how-the-yeti-gets-research-funded?CMP=twt_gu

Forbidden Histories: Halloween Special: C. G. Jung’s Spine-Chilling Nights in a Haunted House

Collectors Weekly: Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead

Spirit rapping was so popular, by 1853, T. Ellwood Garrett and W.W. Rossington published a song about it, via sheet music. (From the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University)

Spirit rapping was so popular, by 1853, T. Ellwood Garrett and W.W. Rossington published a song about it, via sheet music. (From the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University)

NYAM: Help! I’m Buried Alive

Dittrick Museum Blog: Buried Alive: A Halloween Post

Circulating Now: Costume Conundrum?

Criminal Historian: Kill the Witch!: murder and superstition in a Victorian village

From Stone to Screen: Spells, Potions, and Curses of the Ancient World

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Resurrecting the Body Snatchers: The Halloween Edition

Atlas Obscura: Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch

Calvin Halloween

Quotes of the Week:

“When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.” — Chinese proverb” h/t @JohnDCook

“There is no history of knowledge.” Peter Drucker, 1993.” h/t @LeapingRobot

“28 October 1492. Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ Cuba on his first voyage to the ‘New World’. It had always been there, of course.“ Frank McDonough @FXMC1957

“How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!“ C. Darwin h/t @interacciones

Birthday of the Week:

One of the real horrors of our world is or, thankfully, better said was the poliovirus. In my childhood still considered “one of the most frightening public health problems in the world”, to quote Wikipedia. Its full horror is perfectly summed up in its popular German name, Kinderlähmung, which literally translates as child paralysis, describing the effect of this disease of the nervous system. In this age where it is fashionable to be anti-vaccines it is perhaps good to pause and remember that this horror disease was largely stamped out by the polio vaccines developed in the 1950s by various researchers, most notably by Jonas Salk. Salk’s greatest deed was perhaps the fact that he didn’t apply for a patent for his vaccine stating when asked, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” Jonas Salk would have turned one hundred years old on 28 October 2014, an anniversary honoured with a Google Doodle, and so he is this week’s birthday boy.

Salk Google Doodle

Headquarters hosted by the Guardian: Jonas Salk Google Doodle: a good reminder of the power of vaccines

Washington Post: JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Jonas Salk and Albert Bruce Sabin

Scientific American: Remembering Polio Vaccine Developer Jonas Salk a Century after His Birth

History in the Headlines: 8 Things You May Not Know About Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Jonas Salk in his lab (Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Jonas Salk in his lab (Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images)

 

News.Mic: The Best Way to Remember Jonas Salk, Polio Pioneer, on His 100th Birthday

BuzzFeed: What Is Polio And What You Can Do About It In 10 Easy Steps

Jonas Salk

As I was still putting this edition of Whewells Gazette together I heard of the death of a good acquaintance, the German jazz saxophone player Klaus Kreuzeder at the age of 64 on 3 November 2014. Klaus played with many leading international musicians throughout the years including standing on the stage with Sting and Stevie Wonder. I say standing but in Klaus’ case it was sitting in a wheel chair as he caught polio at the age of one and a half, which stunted his growth and crippled him for life. A superb musician he was an inspiration to many handicapped people who flocked to his concerts to him him play. I humbly dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to the memory of Klaus Kreuzeder an excellent musician and a very fine human being.

Klaus Kreuzeder (4.4.1950 – 3.11.2014)

Klaus Kreuzeder
(4.4.1950 – 3.11.2014)

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Leaping Robot: From Glass to Gigabytes

Halley’s Log: What manner of man was Halley? (Born 29 Oct)

Business Insider: Meet The Greatest Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Ever

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Financing Tycho’s little piece of heaven

Map of Hven from the Blaeu Atlas 1663, based on maps drawn by Tycho Brahe in the previous century

Map of Hven from the Blaeu Atlas 1663, based on maps drawn by Tycho Brahe in the previous century

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

On display: Playing with Museum Representations of 18th-Century American Encounters

David Barrie: Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia

Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia

Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia

 

The 1707 Isles of Scilly Disaster – Part I – Part II

BBC: Tales from the India Office

British Library: Maps and views blog: Maps relating to the Middle East now on line

British Library: Maps and views blog: Lines in the sea: underwater oil in the 20th century

The Irish Times: Ireland’s ‘oldest known separate map’ expected to fetch €3 million

The map is contained in an atlas made in Venice in 1468. Irish Times: Photograph: Christie’s

The map is contained in an atlas made in Venice in 1468. Irish Times: Photograph: Christie’s

MEDICINE:

Clinical Curiosities: Medical training, student experience and the transmission of Knowledge, c.1800-2014

Somatosphere: Tolerance

Concocting History: A pilgrimage to Asclepius

The Quack Doctor: Avoiding the trickcyclist and nutpicker: First World War home remedies and miracle cures

Cassell's Air Raids Overseas June 1919 (Robart's Library)

Cassell’s Air Raids Overseas June 1919 (Robart’s Library)

Notches: Orthodox Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Re-Making of Jewish Sexuality

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: Smallpox at the Foundling Hospital

Panacea: “Death in the Pot” Part I

Georgian Gent: Cupped at the bagnio, three shillings and sixpence

The Recipes Project: You’ll thank me later

NYAM: Brains, Brawn, & Beauty: Andreas Vesalius and the Art of Anatomy

Boston Review: When Epidemic Hysteria Made Sense

The Embryo Project: The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1984), by Mary Warnock and the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology

CHEMISTRY:

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Forensic Chemistry in Golden-Age Detective Fiction: Dorothy L. Sayers and the CSI Effect

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Animal Magic:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic/2014/oct/23/okapi-skull-mystery-powell-cotton-museum

Trowel Blazers: Browse All Articles

The World of Genealogical Phylogenetic Networks: Predecessors of Charles Darwin

BHL: Monsters Are Real

Birding Asia: Pioneer of Asian Ornithology Alfred Russel Wallace (PDF)

Live Science: Super-volcano Cleared in Neanderthals’ Demise

The Embryo Project: Ontogeny and Phylogeny (1977), by Stephen Jay Gould

The Embryo Project: “Mitochondrial DNA and Human Evolution” (1987), by Rebecca Louise Cann, Mark Stoneking, and Allan Charles Wilson

Trowel Blazers: Margaret Benson: Mut Ado About Trowelblazing

Margaret Benson in 1893, aged 28 -- one year before she embarked on her first trip to Egypt. Photo by J. Thompson, from 'The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson' by A.C. Benson (1917). Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Margaret_Benson.jpg

Margaret Benson in 1893, aged 28 — one year before she embarked on her first trip to Egypt. Photo by J. Thompson, from ‘The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson’ by A.C. Benson (1917). Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Margaret_Benson.jpg

DW: Preserved specimens: inside a scientific storehouse of natural history treasures

JSTOR Daily: Animals in the Archives

The Embryo Project: Victor Jollos (1887–1941)

Natural History Apostils: Hoax anticipation of Darwinism and germ theory of disease (Sleeper 1849/1913)

Wallifaction: Snow

TECHNOLOGY:

The Atlantic: The Technical Constraints That Made Abbey Road So Good

Yovisto: Jean-Rondolphe Perronet and the Bridges of Paris

Spectrum IEEE: How the Ford Motor Co. Invented the SQUID

Conciatore: Alessandro Neri

Retronaut: 1900: “Visions of 2000”

Electronic education

Electronic education

Yovisto: Hans Grade – German Aviation Pioneer

Paleofuture: Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

Histories of the Internet: (preprint draft) PDF

Yovisto: Oskar Barnack – the Father of 35mm Photography

Yovisto: Alexander Lippisch and the Delta Wing

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Conciatore: The Inquisition Reprise

Newsletter of the History of Science Society

BackRe(Action): Einstein’s greatest legacy – How demons and angels advanced science

Qatar Digital Library: 1,000 years of Arabic science & scholarship now online

Lucretius: Embracing absurdity: Lucretius and Feynman on taking the world as we find it

PetaPixel: CERN is Asking Your Help in Figuring Out What These Archive Photos Show

So, what is it? Image: CERN

So, what is it?
Image: CERN

Hakluyt Society: Hakluyt and Me: Using the Hakluyt Society Publications for my Doctoral Thesis

Project Muse: Bulletin History of Medicine Vol. 88 Num. 3

Images of Alfred Russel Wallace

CHoM News: Harvard Medical School Launches Submission and Archiving of Electronic Student Theses

Historical Atlas of Canada: Online Learning Project

AEON: Bonfire of the humanities: Public debate is afflicted by short-term thinking – how did history abdicate its role of inspiring the longer view?

The Telegraph: ‘The next generation of tech talent needs to be educated in history, classics and languages’

How We Got To Next: Robot Historians and the Heroic Idea

Brain Pickings: An Anatomy of Inspiration: A 1942 Guide to How Creativity Works

eä: Table of contents VOl. 5 No. 1

ISIS: Why Isn’t Exploration a Science?

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Having lots of letters after your name doesn’t protect you from spouting rubbish.

The Pitt News: Women and minority inclusion: What the sciences can learn from the humanities

Corpus Newtonicum: It’s all Greek to me

The Guardian: Has technology changed cultural taste?

ESOTERIC:

Academic.edu: Contemporary Ritual Magic (Chapter 39, The Occult World)

Genetic Literacy Project: Science as profane: What superstition of 1752 and 2014 share in common

BOOK REVIEWS:

Oxford Journals: The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

The Geological Society: Lucky Planet

WALTHAM lucky.ashx

 

NEW BOOKS:

Amazon: Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters h/t @David_Bressan

RUDWICK Earths Deep History.ashx

 

Historiens de la santé: Forensic Medicine and Death Investigations in Medieval England

THEATRE:

FILM:

The New York Times: The Leaky Science of Hollywood: Stephen Hawking’s Movie Life Story is Not Very Scientific

Royal Museums Greenwich: Mr Turner & Mrs Somerville

Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville) prepares to demonstrate her experiment on violet light to J.W.M. Turner (Timothy Spall) and his household (Paul Jesson & Dorothy Atkinson) in Mike Leigh’s 2014 film Mr Turner.

Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville) prepares to demonstrate her experiment on violet light to J.W.M. Turner (Timothy Spall) and his household (Paul Jesson & Dorothy Atkinson) in Mike Leigh’s 2014 film Mr Turner.

 

The Telegraph: Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing: ‘he should be on banknotes’.

TELEVISION:

Popular Mechanics: AMC Tackles Rocket Science in Miniseries Produced by Ridley Scott – Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons

How We Get To Next: How We Made the “Light” Episode of How We Got To Now

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Japanology Calculators

Youtube: Brian Cox proves Galileo’s laws of fall (highly recommended!)

RADIO:

NYAM: The NYAM Lectures: Medical Lectures by Eminent Speakers: Some 40 radio broadcasts digitized and catalogued

BBC World Service: The Information Age

PODCASTS:

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Bones

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Literature and Medicine Special Edition: Call for contributions before 20 November

Unspoken Voices: So, after some deliberation we have decided what we are going to be researching. We will be focusing on institutions that were used to house those with disabilities- particularly asylums.

Royal Museums Greenwich: Clocking Off Late 13 November

Historiens de la santé: Mediterranean Under Quarantine 1st International Conference of Quarantine Studies Network 7-8 November University of Malta

IHR: History of Sexuality Seminar Autumn Term 2014 University of London Senate House

The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture: Alfred Russel Wallace And Natural Selection: The Real Story Monday 1 December

International Conference at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany: Knowing Things. Circulations and Transitions of Objects in Natural History March 23rd – 24th, 2015

Royal Museums Greenwich: Travellers’ Tails Seminar Series: Exploration 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 29 Jan

Steven Institute of Technology: CfP: Taylor’s World Conference 24-25 September 2015

University of Cambridge Museums: The Art & Science of Curation at the Museums Association Conference

History and Technology: An International Journal: CfP: History and Technology

ChoM News: Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine: “Boundary Disputes Between British Psychiatry and Neurology” December 18

ChoM News: Lecture: The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them? Dec 4

Workshop at the 5th World Congress on Universal Logic 25-30 June 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey: CfP: THE IDEA OF LOGIC: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

 

Scientiae Toronto 2015: CfP: Final reminder: Victoria College, University of Toronto, 27-29 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK?

University of Nottingham: A Global University: 2015 Visiting Fellowships

University of London: The Warburg Institute: Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History – long term

Durham University: Junior Research Fellow

Brown University: Brown University Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Royal Society: Public Affairs Officer

Oxford Brooke’s University: Research funding opportunities

J.B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography

The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health has a position open for a Curator.

The University of Western Australia: Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol: #19

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

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Volume #19

Monday 27 October 2014

EDITORIAL:

Your favourite #HistSTM weekly links digest this week reaches its nineteenth edition. Nineteen is a prime number, which played an important role in the history of calendric studies, the attempt to impose order on the march of time that is so important to the historian. The solar year and the lunar month are incommensurable, a fancy mathematical term that means you can’t measure the one with the other without ungainly bits left over. This quirk of nature caused major problems for the astronomers of ancient culture before the discovery of the so-called Metonic cycle. Named after the fifth-century BCE Greek astronomer Meton who introduced it into Greek calendric calculations, it was actually discovered earlier by an unknown Babylonian astronomer. The Metonic cycle relies on the fact that nineteen solar years are only about two hours shorter than 235 synodic (lunar) months. So in order to bring a lunar monthly calendar into line with a yearly solar calendar one just needs to add seven leap months into a nineteen-year cycle. In the traditional Hebrew lunar-solar calendar these are added in the years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17 and 19. European Christian culture, of course, long ago adopted a purely solar calendar with totally arbitrary months divorced from the cycle of the lunar phases.

One of the most important English astronomers of the seventeenth-century was Sir Christopher Wren who today is mostly remembered for his architectural achievements, in particular St Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Sheldon Theatre in Oxford. The good Sir Christopher turned 382 on 20 October and was honoured with a Google Doodle.

He is this week’s birthday of the week and the nineteenth edition of Whewell’s Gazette is dedicated to his memory.

Quote of the Week:

Writing history is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cupful (so said Flaubert, apparently)” h/t @beckyfh

ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:

Birthday of the Week: Sir Christopher Wren born 20 October 1632

Christopher Wren by Godfrey Kneller 1711

Christopher Wren
by Godfrey Kneller 1711

British Museum: Christopher Wren, Design for the Dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, a drawing in brown ink over pencil

Youtube: St Paul’s returns to former glory

ODNB: Sir Christopher Wren

Christopher Wren  Edward Pearce 1673

Christopher Wren
Edward Pearce 1673

The H-Word: Google Doodle forgot to celebrate Christopher Wren the man of science

Hartlib Circle: Christopher Wren’s three-story beehive

Yovisto: Christopher Wren and his Masterpiece – St Paul’s Cathedral

Maths in the City: St Paul’s Cathedral London

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Not just an architect

Cartoon by Moose Allain

Cartoon by Moose Allain

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Sir James Chadwick

Ptak Science Books: History of Mattresses: the Suspended Sleep of the Atomic Bomb, 1945

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Little things matter – for want of a semicolon

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Felix Bloch

Yovisto: Felix Bloch and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Method

Felix Bloch  (1905 – 1983) Image: Stanford University / Courtesy Stanford News Service

Felix Bloch
(1905 – 1983)
Image: Stanford University / Courtesy Stanford News Service

Echoes From The Vault: 52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 51: How To Discover a Planet

Yovisto: The Planetary Tables of Erasmus Reinhold

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Citylab: Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

Royal Museums Greenwich: Solving Longitude: Magnetism

In propria persona: On the legal basis for English possession of North America

Portuguese map (1574) by Luís Teixeira

Portuguese map (1574) by Luís Teixeira

Medievalist.net: The Ebstorf Map: tradition and contents of a medieval picture of the world

Discovery News: Century-Old Notebook From Antarctic Expedition Found

MEDICINE:

FT Magazine: Marie Stopes: 100 years of sex advice

Marie Stopes in 1913

Marie Stopes in 1913

h-madness: New Issue of Journal of the History of the Neurosciences

Notches: Death by Celibacy: Sex, Semen and Male Health in the Middle Ages

The Recipes Project: Mrs. Corlyon’s Pimple Cream: A Toxic Topical

Salve for pimples on the face. Ms, 14th century, Vienna. Wellcome Library, London.

Salve for pimples on the face. Ms, 14th century, Vienna. Wellcome Library, London.

Philly.com – The Public’s Health: Yellow fever and Ebola: similar scourges, centuries apart

Advances in the History of Psychology: Alfred Binet: Naissance de la Psychologie Scientifique

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: Inoculating ‘The Speckled Monster’

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: A Duel over Smallpox

 

Diseases of Modern Life: The Dogs’ Bach

Remedia: Abilities first? Institutions for disabled children in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

 

CBC News: St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener celebrates 90 years

Panacea: Plus ça change: Infectious diseases Past & Present

CHoM News: 60 Years Ago This Week: Thomas Huckle Weller and the Nobel Prize

Royal College of Physicians: ‘The ornament of his age’

The Medicine Chest: Do(n’t) try this at home: Simon Witgeest’s New Theatre of Arts

NYAM: Reflections on “Art, Anatomy and the Body: Vesalius 500”

NYAM: Polio: A Fearful Disease Nears Its End

Medievalist.net: Surgery in the 14th Century

Medical Rare Books from Washington University: External Remedies for Accidents

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Yovisto: Giovanni Maria Lancisi and his Medical Discoveries

Science of Us: Ancient Brits Had Less Gum Disease Than Modern Ones

Concocting History: She-Wolf

CHEMISTRY:

Othmeralia: AROMATICS

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

The Linnean Vol. 30: (PDF) Homing In: Alfred Russel Wallace’s Homes in Britain (1852 to 1913)

The Embryo Project: Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

Medievalist.net: ‘I know not what it is’: Illustrating Plants in Medieval Manuscripts

Tractatus de herbis Simon de Genoa

Tractatus de herbis
Simon de Genoa

The Embryo Project: Mary Warnock

The Return of Native Nordic Fauna: Otters then and now, north and south

Nature: The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Natural History Apostils: False alternatives in creationism and Darwin-conspiracy theories

The Tentacle: The Continuing Curious Case of Ali Wallace

Wall Street Journal: How ‘Genocide Was Coined’

Los Exploradores de Adviento: Alfred Russel Wallace

 

Thinking Like a Mountain: Reviving Frozen Fish in Manchester! Investigation Natural History, 1775-1851

The Embryo Project: Wilhelm August Oscar Hertwig

The Embryo Project: Victor Jollos (1887–1941)

TECHNOLOGY:

The Public Domain Review: The Mysteries of Nature and Art

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Guardian: Information Age: the radio transmitter that changed our world

Inside the Science Museum: Revealing The Real Cooke and Wheatstone Telegraph Dial

Yovisto: Samuel W. Anderson and the Crash Test Dummies

Latinos Post: Apple Computer Made at Steve Job’s Garage in 1976 Sold For $905 000

Gizmodo: A Brief History of Buildings That Spin

Yovisto: Charles Joseph Minard and the Art of Infographics

Guardian: Coils and cables; Science Museum opens information age gallery

The Recipes Project: Reading How-To Workshop

History Today: The Origins of the Shroud of Turin

Yovisto: William Higinbotham and Tenis for Two

My medieval foundry: Introductory post

The Appendix: The Appearance of Being Earnest

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Corpus Newtonicum: Adventures in Huntingdonland, Pt. 3

There’s A Spider In The Bath: A Fortnight at the Royal Institution

The Conversation: Interdisciplinary research must sit at the heart of universities

Cambridge Journals Blog: Dipping a toe into the water of open access – BJHS THEMES

Doctor or Doctress? Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians

Sideways Look at Science: One Year In Research, Part I: Giving Birth to a Research Project

 

Nursing Clio: Adventures in the Archives: Living in a Material World

Harvard University Library: Harvard Library Policy on Access to Digital Reproductions of Works in the Public Domain

Conciatore: San Giovanni

"Florence - Church of San Giovanni, the Baptistry", Photo: Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881).

“Florence – Church of San Giovanni, the Baptistry”,
Photo: Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881).

Medical Heritage Library: “Seeing With a Better Eye” Through the MHL

Nature: In retrospect: On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences

Letters from Gondwana: Mary Somerville, Queen of Science

Royal Museums Greenwich: What your wig says about you

The Guardian: How 1,000 years of Arabic scholarship advanced scientific debate – in pictures

University of Newcastle: Gertrude Bell Archive

Guardian: MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades, secret files reveal

MIT Technology Reviews: Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas”

Royal Museums Greenwich: The Bitter Trade; Spices, Smugglers and State-Sponsored Killings

The #EnvHist Weekly

Res Obscura: A Compendium of Obscure Things #6

 

History of the Present: Paper: Ian Hesketh: The Story of Big History

Making Science Public: Making science picturesque

World Science Festival: 5 Great Scientists Who Never Won A Nobel Prize

THE: Object lessons: 100 examples of the stuff history was made on

ESOTERIC:

Jeanne de Montbaston: Witches and Wicked Bodies: Imagining the ‘Other’

Distillatio: Why are some medieval alchemical texts more popular than others?

Forbidden Histories: A Night of Mesmerism and Psychology at Barts Museum

Ritman Library: John Dee’s “Monas Hieroglyphica”

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History of Alchemy: Podcast: Alchemists’ Halloween Special

BOOK REVIEWS:

NEW BOOKS:

Early Modern Medicine: Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine

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Harvard University Press: Working Knowledge: Making the Human Sciences from Parsons to Kuhn

Historiens de la santé: The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

Science Book a Day: The Control of Nature

Academia.edu: Notes on Recent Publications: Histories of the Hidden God etc

Jezebel: No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson’s Innovators

The Dispersal of Darwin: Darwin’s Dice: the Idea of Chance in the Thoughts of Charles Darwin

Brill: The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse 1900-1939

The Dispersal of Darwin: Extinction and Evolution: What Fossils Reveal About the History of Life

Amazon: Commercial Visions, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age h/t @margocsy

OUP: Tangible Things: Making History Through Objects

THEATRE:

FILM:

Alive in the Age of Worry: Review “The Imitation Game”

TELEVISION:

VIDEOS:

Vimeo: De Herinacio – On The Hedgehog

Youtube: The Medieval University

National Science Foundation: Chance Discoveries: Artificial Sweeteners

Youtube: Science Museum: Information Age 8 videos

Youtube: Dr. Roger Smith’s 2014 American Psychological Association Society for the History of Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins Address Title: Science Encounters the Humanities: History of Kinaesthesia/Touch and Metaphors of Feeling

 

Meta Filter: Do you like vintage training/ educational films? Meet Jeff Quitney includes many #histSTM videos

RADIO:

BBC: Hidden Histories of the Information Age

PODCASTS:

Elizabeth M. Covart: Jeanne Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health

NPR: The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CHSTM Manchester: The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester will be holding a Graduate Studies Open Day on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

CHSTM Manchester: CfP: Stories about science: exploring science communication and entertainment media 4-5 June 2015

Harvard STS: STS Fellows Program

Warwick University: CfP: Networks of Media and Print in the Age of Imperialism 23 April 2015

AHA Today: American Historical Association Announces the 2014 Prize Winners

Cambridge University Library: Exhibition: The use and abuse of books 1450-1550: Private lives of print

6th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science: CfP: Oslo 11-13 February 2015

Society for the Social History of Medicine: CfP: The History of the Body: Approaches and Directions 16 May 2015

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Conference: Segregation and Integration in the History of the Hospital Dubrovnik 10-11 April 2015

Society for the Social History of Medicine: CfP: The Black Sea in the Socialist World Birkbeck College London 6-7 February 2015

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Conference: Bodies Beyond Borders: The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge, 1750-1950 Leuven, Belgium 7-9 January 2015

Palace Green Library Durham: Exhibition: Book Bindings from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day 4 October 4014 to 4 January 2015

Royal Museums Greenwich: Lecture: The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Museums Association: Sharon Heal appointed director of the Museums Association

Wellcome Trust: Lecture: Men, Medicine and Masculinity: male sexual health in the Long 17th Century 28 October 2014

Forbidden Histories: Free Access to Studies in History and Philosophy of Science C Special Section, “Psychical Research in the History of Science and Medicine”

University of York: CfP: Magic and Intellectual History 5 March 2015

Studies in travel writing: CfP: Women’s Writing: Special Issue on Journeys to Authority: Travel Writing and the Rise of the Woman of Letters Deadline: 1 May 2015

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine: CfP: 2015 Annual Conference

That Camp SHOT: Propose sessions

LOOKING FOR WORK?

CHSTM Manchester: The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester offers two fully funded studentships (including maintenance allowance) for graduate study in the history of the biological sciences and/or medicine after 1800.

 

University of Groningen: 7 Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

University of California – Berkeley: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Philosophy

ASU School of Life Sciences: The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of philosophy of biology.

University of Cambridge: Graduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge for entry in October 2015

Science Museum Group: Keeper of Medicine

Michigan State University: Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy, and Sociology (HPS) of Computing, Networks, or Big Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #18

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

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Volume #18

Monday 20 October 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #18

 

EDITORIAL:

You now have Whewell’s Gazette #18 before your eyes brought to you at the end of a week that saw the annual celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on 14 October, a day to celebrate the presence of women in (the history of) science, medicine, technology, engineering and mathematics. So this edition of your favourite weekly #HistSTM links list is dedicated to all of the women past and present who have contributed to the development of science, technology, medicine engineering and mathematics.

Quote of the Week:

‘Mr. Boyle mentioned, that he had been informed, that the much drinking of Coffe did breed the Palsey’ h/t @JREverest

ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:

Tuesday 14 October was Ada Lovelace Day, what follows is a selection of #histSTM post and repost from that day.

Guardian: Ada Lovelace Day – tales of inspiring women

Letters from Gondwana: Mignon Talbot and the Forgotten Women of Paleontogy

Tilly Edinger (Photo,Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)

Tilly Edinger (Photo,Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)

Inside the Science Museum: The First Woman in Space

Occam’s Corner: Seeking inspiration? Don’t forget the women!

The H-Word: Women in science: a difficult history

The H-Word: Finding women in the history of science

Letters from Gondwana: Women in the Golden Age of Geology in Britain

Women in computing: the 60s pioneers who lit up the world of computing

The National Archives: Nurses in the Crimea: Elizabeth Cadwaladyr

Photograph of Elizabeth Cadwaladyr. Used with permission from Betsy Cadwaladyr: A Balaclava Nurse edited by Jane Williams (Ysgafell), with a new introduction by Deirdre Beddoe. (Dinas Powys, HONNO, 1987). ISBN 1-870206-00-2. Engraving from a photograph, 1857, in National Library of Wales MS 12353D.

Photograph of Elizabeth Cadwaladyr. Used with permission from Betsy Cadwaladyr: A Balaclava Nurse edited by Jane Williams (Ysgafell), with a new introduction by Deirdre Beddoe. (Dinas Powys, HONNO, 1987). ISBN 1-870206-00-2. Engraving from a photograph, 1857, in National Library of Wales MS 12353D.

The Queen of Science – The woman who tamed Laplace

Mary Somerville Thomas Phililips

Mary Somerville
Thomas Phililips

 

Skulls in the Stars: Jane Marcet educates Michael Faraday

Portrait of Jane Marcet, from the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library.

Portrait of Jane Marcet, from the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library.

 

Roots of Unity: Beyond Emmy and Sophie: Resources for Learning about Women in Math

Smithsonian,com: Five Historic Female Mathematicians You Should Know

Science 2.0: Mind the Gender Gap: Why Women Must Still Fight for Equality in Science

Georgian London: Ada Lovelace Day – Mrs Margaret Bryan, Astronomer of Blackheath

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I Love Typography: The First Female Typographer

Buzzfeed: 11 Unsung Science Heroines You Really Should Have Heard Of

The Royal Institution: Spotlight on Louisa Tyndall

Louisa Tyndall Credit: Royal Institution

Louisa Tyndall
Credit: Royal Institution

Trowel Blazers: Yusra

NPR: Podcast: When Women Stopped Coding

Pat’s Blog: Those Amazing Boole Girls

From left to right, from top to bottom: Margaret Taylor, Ethel L. Voynich, Alicia Boole Stott, Lucy E. Boole, Mary E. Hinton, Julian Taylor, Mary Stott, Mary Everest Boole, George Hinton, Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, Leonard Stott.

From left to right, from top to bottom: Margaret Taylor, Ethel L. Voynich, Alicia Boole Stott, Lucy E. Boole, Mary E. Hinton, Julian Taylor, Mary Stott, Mary Everest Boole, George Hinton, Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, Leonard Stott.

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

IQOI Vienna: Science and Society: a two-way street

Yovisto: Evangeliste Torricelli and the Barometer

Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647)

Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647)

Restricted Area: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: The riddle of Julius Rosenberg

The Ordered Universe Project: Grosseteste and the Harp

Smithsonian.com: How a Physics Diagram Was Named After a Penguin

Image: Quilbert

Image: Quilbert

Ptak Science Books: History of Lines: the Big Little Lines of Richard Feynman (1949)

AIP: Oral History Transcript – S Chandrasakhar

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Royal Museums Greenwich: Solving Longitude: Jupiter’s Moons

Slate: The Vault: The Ottoman Empire’s First Map of the Newly Minted United States

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The Telegraph: Christopher Columbus ‘stole credit for discovering America’

MEDICINE:

History of Medicine in Oregon: Timeline 1850-1900

Concocting History: Autumn Song

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: The Speckled Monster: Smallpox

Early Modern Medicine: Itching and Scabbiness

An itch mite

An itch mite

 

The Public Domain Review: The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

Yovisto: Albrecht von Haller – Father of Modern Physiology

Mass Moments: Boston Dentist Demonstrates Ether October 16, 1846

The New England Journal of Medicine: Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation

Nursing Clio: The Body as Archive

Dr Alun Withey: 10 Seventeenth-century remedies you’d probably want to avoid!

Yovisto: Nicholas Culpeper and the Complete English Herbal

CHEMISTRY:

Wallifaction: “unbelieving chemists” : science, religion and politics in a tale of two cities

(This political cartoon from 1790 links Priestley’s ideas to “fanaticism” and radical religious ideas. Source)

(This political cartoon from 1790 links Priestley’s ideas to “fanaticism” and radical religious ideas. Source)

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Nerdist: Harold Fisk’s Incredible Maps Track the Ghosts of the Mississippi

My Albion: The Secret Life of Beaver

The New York Times: When Racism Was a Science

The Conversation: There’s no such thing as reptiles any more – and here’s why

Royal Museums Greenwich: The Art and Science of Joseph Banks

Smithsonian Science: Five Amazing Fossil Finds That Will Make You Want To Be a Fossil Hunter

Thinking Like a Mountain: Seed Steeps & Poisoned Partridges, 1843-1848

Partridge from Morris’s British Game Birds and Wildfowl (1855).

Partridge from Morris’s British Game Birds and Wildfowl (1855).

Darwin Correspondence Project: Letters Course: Controversy – Darwin and Wallace

Evolving Thoughts: A nineteenth century view on classification

Environmental History: Wilderness Act Forum

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: How Famous and Respected was Wallace?

TECHNOLOGY:

Medieval Books: Medieval Desktops

The National Archives: Inventions that didn’t change the world

A design for a flying or aerial machine adapted for the Arctic regions, registered by Arthur Kinsella, Kilkenny, Ireland, May 1855. BT 47/4/669

A design for a flying or aerial machine adapted for the Arctic regions, registered by Arthur Kinsella, Kilkenny, Ireland, May 1855. BT 47/4/669

Guardian: The magic of rubber: irreverent, sexy, sporty, revolutionary … indispensible

The Verge: King of click: the story of the greatest keyboard ever made

Yovisto: Peter Barlow and the Barlow Lenses

The Appendix: Photographing the Guillotine

Today’s Engineer: Dials, Keypads and Smartphones

AT&T Tech Chanel: Introduction to the Dial Telephone

Pasta and Vinegar: iPhone numerical keypad organizations

Yovisto: Chuck Yeager – Breaking the Sound Barrier

Medium Cool: In the Pocket

University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection: Spectroscopy Beyond the Visible Spectrum: The Sodium Chloride Prism

Financial Times: The tech innovators of the Victorian Age

Conciatore: Solid Water

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Smithsonian.com: Amazing Artifacts from the History of Science are Going Up for Auction (slide show)

The Vesalius Anatomy Card Game

History of Philosophy without any gaps: 9 Rules for the history of philosophy

Dr Alun Withey: 500 Years of the Model Man!

Scientific American: Dear Professor Einstein

BBC: Welcome to the BBC Genome Project

Nautilus: Top Ten Unsung Geniuses: For these scientists, success and fame did not come in equal measure

Remedia: New Blog: Archive Magpie: Our monthly update on recently-acquired, newly available or underused archival sources in the history of medicine.

Medieval Book: Meet the Medieval Manuscript

The Art and Science of Curation: Museum curators are (unfortunately) not Indiana Jones

London Evening Standard: Roger Highfield: Science is just as vital to London culture as the arts

Harvard Library: Myerson, Abraham, 1881-1948. Abraham Myerson Papers and Family Research Records, 1908-2013 (inclusive), 1921-1974 (bulk): Finding Aid.

Nautilus: What to Do When Genius Fails

The Sloane Letters Blog: Sloane the Chocolatier: A Tasty Myth

Trade-card ‘Sir Hans Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’. Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Trade-card ‘Sir Hans Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’. Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

ESOTERIC:

The Ritman Library: The alchemical manual of Ulrich Ruosch

Conciatore: The Purse of Envy Reprise

The Recipes Project: The Acceptance of Charms in the Fifteenth Century

Wellcome Library, London. Recipe for staunching blood with cockerel in MS 5262, early fifteenth century. Includes the Longinus miles charm.

Wellcome Library, London. Recipe for staunching blood with cockerel in MS 5262, early fifteenth century. Includes the Longinus miles charm.

 

Conciatore: A Gift for the Innocent

Heterodoxology: Rosicrucian Quadricentennial: 400 years of secret brotherhoods, universal reformations, and conspiracy theories

The Temple of the Rosy Cross, figure designed by Theophilus Schweighardt Constantiens (Speculum Sophicum Rhodostauroticum, 1618). This version courtesy of Ouroboros Press (2012).

The Temple of the Rosy Cross, figure designed by Theophilus Schweighardt Constantiens (Speculum Sophicum Rhodostauroticum, 1618). This version courtesy of Ouroboros Press (2012).

History of Alchemy: Podcast: Richard and Isabella Ingalese

BBC: Radio 3 Essay: Podcast: Stories from the Cairo Genizah – Alchemy and Magic 13 June 14 (scroll down!)

BOOK REVIEWS:

Wired: The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book

Techie.com Innovation and “How We Got to Now”

The New York Times: Cosmos as Masterpiece: In ‘Cosmigraphics’ Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time

University of Notre Dame: Peter Godfrey-Smith, Philosophy of Biology

John van Wyhe’s Charles Darwin in Cambridge

Medievalist.net: Vegetables in the Middle Ages

The Neuro Times: The Neurologists: A history of a medical speciality in modern Britain, 1789-2000

Science Book a Day: Science Book a Day Interviews Sarah Dry

New York Times: Christine Kenneally’s ‘Invisible History of the Human Race’

NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States

Pickering Chatto: History and Philosophy of Technoscience

Cambridge University Press: Interpreting Proclus: From Antiquity to the Renaissance

THEATRE:

FILM:

TELEVISION:

  1. A. Times.com: ‘Manhattan’ renewed for Season 2 by WGN America

Motherboard: Author Steven Johnson Talks ‘How We Got top Now,’ Starting With the Sewers

A.V. Club: Yeah, science! The new trend in TV drama

 

Masters Of Sex

Masters Of Sex

 

VIDEOS:

Youtube: ARW Centenary at AMNH Nov. 12 2013: 10 Alfred R Wallace videos

 

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

The Art and Science of Curation: #ArtSCiCuration at the Museums Association Conference

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Kansas: Spencer Museum of Art: CfP: Hybrid practices in the arts, sciences, and technology from the 1960s to today 10-13 March 2015

PHILOS-L: Philosophy in Europe: History of the Human Science: New Editorial Team

The Journal of Somaesthetics: CfP: Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest

PACHS: Working Groups

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) 2015-16 Fellowships in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, & Industry–Applications now available, Due Jan 15, 2015

UCL: BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2015 Abstract Submission

The Renaissance Diary: The Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Huygens ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre: CfP: Circulation of knowledge regarding non-European plants and plant components

In(ter)ventions: object histories and the museum: CfP: 12 February 2015 British Museum

Institute of Historical Research, London: One day colloquium: The History of the Body: Approaches and Directions 16 May 2015

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: Public Lecture: ”The Secret Histories of Laser Fusion” Columbia University 29 October 2014 6-7:30 pm

Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena: Workshop „Die ‚nicht mehr neuen’ Medien. Herausforderungen für Universitätssammlungen“ 7-9 May 2015

“Female Bodies and Female Practitioners in the Medical Traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean World” Berlin, 27-29 October 2014

CRASSH: Things that Matter, 1400-1900: Alternate Wednesdays 12-2 pm during term-time

Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Library funds a new partnership to digitise 800 000 pages of mental health archives

Manchester Medieval Society: CfP: Crossing Boarders in the Insular Middle Ages, c.999-1500 Philipps-Universität, Marburg 8-10 April 2015

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The Conservation Volunteers: Natural Network Trainees

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #17

Whewell’s Gazette

Your weekly digest of all the best of

Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

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Volume #17

Monday 13 October 2014

EDITORIAL:

History web links

Collated for sci lovers

Whewell’s seventeenth

 

Amateur astronomers do not get laid in 1950 romance comics

Amateur astronomers do not get laid in 1950 romance comics

ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:

There was an eclipse of the moon last week:

Woodcut from 19th century Smith's Illustrated Astronomy shows why eclipses don't happen every month

Woodcut from 19th century Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy shows why eclipses don’t happen every month

Harvard student's projection of LunarEclipse, 1783

Harvard student’s projection of LunarEclipse, 1783

Special of the Month: Antikythera

The Antikythera shipwreck is best known for an elaborate, geared contraption known as the Antikythera mechanism, which encoded positions of the planets, the moon and other celestial players and events — prompting scholars to call it the world's oldest computer.

The Antikythera shipwreck is best known for an elaborate, geared contraption known as the Antikythera mechanism, which encoded positions of the planets, the moon and other celestial players and events — prompting scholars to call it the world’s oldest computer.

Scientific American: Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: Technology Tackles Dangers of the Deep

Scientific American: Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: The Exosuit’s First Mission

Guardian: Scientists hope to unravel mystery of the ‘Titanic of the ancient world’

Nature: Famed Antikythera wreck yields more treasures

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Science Notes: Today In Science History – October 6 – Ernest Walton

Yovisto: Richard Dedekind and the Real Numbers

Open SI: Hubble’s Legacy: Reflections by Those Who Dreamed It, Built It, and Observed the Universe with It.

Matthew Aid.Com: Complete Declassified History of the Manhattan Project Now Available Online

homunculus: Uncertain about uncertainty

homuculus: The moment of uncertainty

 

Twisted Sifter: In Sweden You’ll Find the World’s Largest Scale Model of the Solar System

Yovisto: Karl Schwarzschild and the Event Horizon

 

Yovisto: Henry Cavendish and the Weight of the Earth

Drawing of torsion balance device used by Henry Cavendish in the 'Cavendish Experiment'

Drawing of torsion balance device used by Henry Cavendish in the ‘Cavendish Experiment’

Video: AP Physics 1: Forces 29: Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Cavendish’s Experiment

Yovisto: Heinrich Olbers and the Olbers’ Paradox

Physics Today: The Dayside: Women in physics – a view from 1948

The New York Times: Transcripts Kept Secret for 60 Years Bolster Defense of Oppenheimer’s Loyalty

Science Notes: Today in Science History – October 7 – Niels Bohr

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Hakluyt Society: Richard who? – Introducing the Hakluyt Society

 

Daily Mirror: Elizabethan Top Trumps game acquired by British Library

A map of England from one of the cards

A map of England from one of the cards

The Geological Society: BGS maps portal – maps and sections 1832 to 2014

Royal Museums Greenwich: Halloween Late Death in the Archives: Trim the Cat

Compasswallah: The Perpetual Almanac of Vasco da Gama

The Appendix: The Peripatetic Life of Isabella Bird

A scene from Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (1885), p. 48. The British Library

A scene from Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (1885), p. 48.
The British Library

British Library: American Studies Blog: Olaudah Rquiano and the draw of the Arctic

MEDICINE:

The Quack Doctor: A Patent-Medicine Song, 1892

Postcresent.com: Technology reveals asylum cemetery’s unmarked graves

Medievalist.net: What does your urine say about your health? (Medieval Version)

Dr Alun Withey: Overcrowded and Underfunded: 18th-Century Hospitals and the NHS Crisis

Conciatore: The Duke’s Mouthwash Reprise

Skeptic: Who Invented Pasteurization?

PasteurPasture

Lesley A Hall, archivist and historian: Twitter is a limited forum for discussing 1920s contraception

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: Inside Mead’s Library

Apollo Magazine: Physician, philanthropist, collector: ‘*The Generous Georgian’ in three objects

The Economist: Meadicine Man

Washington Post: A brief history of quarantines in the United States

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Disturbing Disorders: Cotard’s Delusion (Walking Corpse Syndrome)

Open Culture: Download 100,00+ Images From the History of Medicine, All Free Courtesy of The Wellcome Library

Wellcome Library: Art, asylum and advocacy: histories of mental health

Wellcome Library: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets

Unmaking Things: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustrations: An Interview with Richard Barnett

Regional Medical Humanities: Practising by Numbers: Medical Provision in Early Modern Wales

The History of Emotions Blog: Melancholia and the Problem of Retrospective Diagnosis: Post Conference Thoughts

NYAM: The Talented Dr Knox

The Atlantic: The Team That Invented the Birth-Control Pill

The Recipes Project: “Although It Be St Anthony’s Face” what changes from recipe to recipe?

Dittrick Museum Blog: Madame du Coudray: A Midwife in a Man’s World

Royal College of Physicians: Harvey’s disciples

CHEMISTRY:

Science Notes: Today in Science History – October 8 – Henry-Louis Le Chatelier

Beautiful Chemistry.net Watch Beautiful Reactions in Amazing Detail

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet #7: Lime

Yovisto: Ascanio Sobrero and the Power of Nitroglycerine

Ascanio Sobrero (1812-1888)

Ascanio Sobrero (1812-1888)

BBC: The fatal attraction of lead

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Blink: Darwin and the mystical monkeys

The gills have it: Vishnu in an incarnation of Matsya, the fish by Offert Dapper (Amsterdam, 1672)

The gills have it: Vishnu in an incarnation of Matsya, the fish by Offert Dapper (Amsterdam, 1672)

Kestrels and Cerevisiae: The American White Pelican

Royal Museums Greenwich: Jaws Revisited – Sharks in Greenwich

 

The Geological Society: William Smith Factsheet

Laelaps: Evolution in the Slow Lane

Environmental History: Using digital techniques to broaden participatory approaches in environmental history: the Snow Scenes Exhibition

Agile: Great Geophysicists #12: Gauss

Nursing Clio: The Myth of the Vajazzled Orgasm

Punch-Caricature (1882) by Linley Sambourne inspired by Darwin's last book on earthworms

Punch-Caricature (1882) by Linley Sambourne inspired by Darwin’s last book on earthworms

 

TECHNOLOGY:

IEEE Global History Network: George Westinghouse

The Atlantic: NASA Should Have Put a Ring on Orbit

Sue Wilkes: Calico Print Workers

WIRED: For Sale: a $400K Apple 1 Motherboard and 15 Other Treasures of Science History

Fine Books Magazine: Bonhams NY Presents Inaugural History of science Sale

Unmaking Things: Marking Design Part 2: Objects in the Sea of Time

Conciatore: Antonio Who ?

University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection: A Model of the Inner Ear

Ptak Science Books: A Fine Microscopical Innovation, 1873

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: A Musical Automaton Clock

A Musical Automaton Clock

A Musical Automaton Clock

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Newton the empiricist?

The New York Times: Can Wanting to Believe Make Us Believers?

History News Network: An Interview with MacArthur Genius Award Winner Pamela O. Long

157074-POLJ

Phys.Org: In defense of philosophers as scientists

Double Refraction: Barry Barn’s Scientific Knowledge and Sociological Theory, 40 years on

Early Modern Print: Text Mining Early Printed English

Culture of Knowledge: A pan-European network to reassemble the Republic of Letters

The Art and Science of Curation: Exploring what it means to be a curator

John Matthew Barlow: Historians Being Mean: A Glossary

The Ordered Universe Project: Grosseteste Goes Public: Disseminating Medieval and Modern Science

Leaping Robot: Scientists as Customers?

Medium.com: Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

Cultivating Innovation: Making the history and philosophy of science work for YOU!

Scientific American: Doing Good Science: Grappling with the angry-making history of human subject research, because we need to.

ESOTERIC:

SHAC: Programme/Call for Registrations: Geographies of Alchemy and Chemistry (5th SHAC Postgraduate Workshop)

History of Alchemy: Podcast: Homunculus

Paracelsus is credited with the first mention of the homunculus in De homunculis (c. 1529-1532), and De natura rerum (1537). Wikipedia Commons

Paracelsus is credited with the first mention of the homunculus in De homunculis (c. 1529-1532), and De natura rerum (1537). Wikipedia Commons

 

BOOK REVIEWS:

Peder Anker: Hanna Gay; The Silwood Circle: A History of Ecology and the Making of Scientific Careers in Late Twentieth-Century Britain

History Today: Inventing the Military-industrial Complex

Bloomberg View: A Genius That History Forgot (Robert Fitzroy)

FitzRoy later in life (probably mid-fifties). Wikipedia Commons

FitzRoy later in life (probably mid-fifties). Wikipedia Commons

Science Museum Group Journal: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

Environmental, History, Science: Reviewing a History of British Ecology

THE: The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Issac Newton’s Manuscripts by Sarah Dry

NEW BOOKS:

Edition Lammerhuber: The Face of The Earth – The Legacy of Eduard Suess

Historiens de la santé: A History of the Workplace: Environment and Health at Stake

City Lab: Building ‘Imaginary Cities’

Grant Hamilton's illustration of a futuristic city called 'What We Are Coming To' appeared in Judge magazine in 1895. Anderson tweeted it out earlier this month.

Grant Hamilton’s illustration of a futuristic city called ‘What We Are Coming To’ appeared in Judge magazine in 1895. Anderson tweeted it out earlier this month.

British Library: Maps and views blog: A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps

Scribd: History and Philosophy of Science catalogue, 2015-16

THEATRE:

FILM:

TELEVISION:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Nürnberg & Bamberg: The Behaim Globe, The Frauenkirche Clock, The Renaissance Mathematicus on Petreius and De revolutionibus (4.11–6.56)

Vimeo: East-India Company ship routes

The Atlantic: What Letter Should We Add to STEM?

Youtube: Wellcome Library: EYES: 30 videos

RADIO:

BBC Radio 4: An Eye for Pattern: The Letters of Dorothy Hodgkin

Occam’s Corner: Colouring by letters: the life of Dorothy Hodgkin

British biochemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 - 1994), who won the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

British biochemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 – 1994), who won the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

PODCASTS:

PRI: How did English become the language of science

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Royal Museums Greenwich: Science, Voyaging, Art, Empire Study Day

Making Waves: Registration: Workshop 3: Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering 31 Oct 2014 University of Liverpool

BJHS Themes: New British Society for the history of Science journal

Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014: new foundations and global perspectives 17-18 Oct. University College Dublin

The Renaissance Dairy: CfP: Rethinking Intellectual History

 

Queen Mary University of London: Histories and Theories of the Unconscious

The British Society for the History of Science: Dingle Prize for the best book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2013 or 2014, which is accessible to a wide audience of non-specialists.

University of Edinburgh STIS Seminar Series Oct-Dec 2014

CHoM News: Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust” Oct 14 4-5 pm

 

Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century Seminars – Michaelmas Term 2014

 

NYAM: CfP. Who Becomes a Medical Doctor in New York City: Then and Now – a Century of Change 11 December 2014

NYAM: CfP: Fifth Annual History of Medicine Night 11 March 2015

PACHS: Lecture: Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond

University of Warwick: Global History and Culture Centre: Lecture: Orangutans and Black Slaves in Global Perspective: Challenging the Boundaries of Humankind at the end of the Eighteenth Century 22 Oct 2014

HSS Online: 2014 HSS Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois 6-9 November 2014

Science Museum Group Journal: 02 Issue 02

University of East Anglia: Workshop: Environment(s) in Public 3 Nov 2014

University of Cambridge: Festival of Ideas: Exhibition: Inside out: Dr Auzoux’s papier-mâché models of natural bodies

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APS: Forum on the History of Physics: Student Travel Awards

Finding Ada: Ada Lovelace Day for Schools 2014 14 Oct

Interesting Talks London: Lecture: The Invention of Colour with Philip Ball 6 Nov 2014

 

Wellcome Collection: Exhibition: The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind

The #EnvHist Weekly

Historiens de la santé: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

USC Visual Studies Research Institute: CfP: Material Evidence, Visual Knowledge 30 April-1 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK?

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals: The Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

Norwegian University of Science and Technology: PhD Positions Faculty of Humanities

Higher Ed Jobs: Binghamton University NY: Assistant Professor of Premodern Medicine

University of Cambridge: Job Opportunities: University Lectureship in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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