Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #52

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #52

Monday 22 June 2015

EDITORIAL:

We are proud to present the fifty-second edition of Whewell’s Gazette your weekly #histSTM links list, bringing all the best in the histories of science, technology and medicine from out of the depths of cyberspace onto computer screens all over the world.

Number fifty-two means that we have completed a nominal year. The calendar year was completed last week, as there was no edition for the week of Monday 25 May. Looking back over the completed year one can see that the production of #histSTM blog post and articles around the Internet is in a very healthy state being both extensive and diverse and covering a bewildering range of topics at a multitude of levels from totally popular to totally serious and very academic. It is to be hoped that the Internet #histSTM community continues to flourish and will, we hope, grow over the next year and for many years to come. We also hope that Whewell’s Gazette will continue to bring its readers, and may they too flourish and grow, all that it can find on its weekly expeditions through the depths of cyberspace.

As already announced last week, and posted in more detail on The Renaissance Mathematicus, out long suffering and intrepid chief sub-editor is going off to unsettle the good folks in the Bay Area of California for ten days so there will be a two week hiatus here at Whewell’s Gazette, with the fifty-third edition due to appear first on Monday 13 July, the fates willing.

Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson

Quotes of the week:

The Old English word for ‘solstice’ is ‘sunstede’, from sun + stede meaning ‘fixed place, position’ (cf. steadfast, homestead, Hampstead). – Eleanor Parker (@ClerkofOxford)

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to misquote it”. – Erik Champion (@nzerik)

“It angers me when people use ‘critical thinking’ to mean ‘holds the same opinions that I do’” – @Canadian_Errant

“To think of any phase in history as altogether irrational is to look at it not as an historian but as a publicist, a polemical writer of tracts for the times”. — Collingwood, “The Idea of History” (1946) h/t @gabridli

“A man may be a Newton in either the political or mathematical world and still be a child in the ways of religion” – John Tyndall (1841)

“Hardware, n.: The parts of a computer system that can be kicked”. h/t Mike Croucher (@walkingramdomly)

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness” – E. M. Forester h/t Christene D’Anca (@ChristeneDAnca)

“I’ve never felt I could claim to be a writer in that full sense. It just seems arrogant” – Anthony T. Grafton

“Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it” – Blaise Pascal , Penséees (1670)

“Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe” – Maria Mitchell h/t @hist_astro

“The truly learned are easily distinguished by their manners.” – Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond, 1799 h/t Rebekah Higgitt (@beckyfh)

“To have pleasure, you need a bit of passion, a great & interesting purpose, a determined desire to learn” – Voltaire h/t Andrea Wulf (@andrea_wulf)

“How I love people who say what they think! People who only half-think are only half alive’”– Voltaire h/t Andrea Wulf (@andrea_wulf)

“There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real” – James Salter h/t Chris White (@bombaylychee)

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Event of the Week:

June 16 1963

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 16 – Valentina Tereshkova

Tereshkova in 1969 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tereshkova in 1969
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: The First Woman in Space – Valentina Treshkowa

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

AIP: Voices of the past reimagined

Phys Org: What is Halley’s Comet?

Starts With a Bang: A Quantum of Parody: The Journal of Jocular Physics, a Cosmic Birthday Tribute to Niels Bohr

AHF: Hans Bethe

Smithsonian.com: Los Alamos’s “Atomic Secretary” Was Never Told What the Manhattan Project Was For

Dannen.com: Recommendations on the Immediate Use of Nuclear Weapons, June 16, 1945

Yovisto: William Parsons and his Large Telescope

The largest telescope of the 19th century, the Leviathan of Parsonstown. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The largest telescope of the 19th century, the Leviathan of Parsonstown.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Sydney Morning Herald: Renaissance man emerged from shadows

Science Notes: Today in Science History – 18 June – William Lassell

AIP: Allan Sandage Interview

The Conversation: When science gets ugly – the story of Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein

Phillipp Lenard in 1900.  Source: Wikimedia Commons

Phillipp Lenard in 1900. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Stanisluas Ulam’s Interview

The Conversation: From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

arXiv.org: Edgar Allan Poe: the first man to conceive a Newtonian evolving universe

Wellcome Trust Blog: Image of the Week: The Earth’s orbit around the Sun

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NASA: Veteran NASA Spacecraft Nears 60,000th Lap Around Mars, No Pit Stops

Symmetry: Mathematician to know: Emmy Noether

Muslim Heritage: Arabic Star Names: A Treasure of Knowledge Shared by the World

The Renaissance Mathematicus: For those who haven’t been paying attention

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

J D Davies: The Lost Journal of Captain Greenvile Collins, Part 1

Yovisto: “Because it’s there” – George Mallory and Mount Everest

1921 Everest Expedition; Mallory at right on rear row; Bullock at left on rear row Source: Wikimedia Commons

1921 Everest Expedition; Mallory at right on rear row; Bullock at left on rear row
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Halley’s Log: Halley writes from the Downs

French of Outremer: The Oxford Outremer Map

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

BBC: Wales: What role did disabled people play during industrial revolution?

NYAM: The Legacy of Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer

The Recipes Project: The Vegetarian Society, Victorian Style

Yovisto: Hubertus Strughold – the Father of Space Medicine

Mo Costandi: An Illustrated History of Trepanation

The operation of Trepan, from Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery: Trepan, Hernia, Amputation, Aneurism and Lithotomy, by Charles Bell, 1815. (John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa.)

The operation of Trepan, from Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery: Trepan, Hernia, Amputation, Aneurism and Lithotomy, by Charles Bell, 1815. (John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa.)

Remedia: Britain’s Sonic Therapy: listening to birdsong during and after the First World War

io9: This Fungus Was A Medieval Mass Murderer

The Paris Review: Monkey Glands for Everyone

Nursing Clio: The International History of Women’s Medical Education: What Does Imperialism Have To Do With It?

Stylisticienne: On his heid-ake: A Medieval Migraine

Strange Remains: The Macabre History of Harvard Medical School

Thomas Rowlandson: Resurrection Men, 18th century.  Source: Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Rowlandson: Resurrection Men, 18th century.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Royal Institution: Doctors – all over royalty like a rash

TECHNOLOGY:

Stuff Mom Never Told You: The Blog: 15 Rare Photos of Black Rosie the Riveters

Conciatore: Thévenot Continues East

DPLA: We, Robots: Robots from the 1920s to the 1990s

History Today: Mysticism and Machines

A scene from Karel Čapek's 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), showing three robots.

A scene from Karel Čapek’s 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), showing three robots.

Democrat & Chronicle: George Eastman House collection honored

Yovisto: Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company

Ptak Science Books: Empty and Missing Things9: the Skeleton of the Statue of Liberty

Tycho’s Nose: The violent history of train-wreck publicity

Conciatore: Weights and Measures

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 22 – The standard metre and kilogram

davidsharp.com: Manchester Baby Simulator

BBC: Remembering the US’s first female rocket scientist

Mary Sherman Morgan, c. 1950s Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mary Sherman Morgan, c. 1950s
Source: Wikimedia Commons

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Capitalism’s Cradle: How Microfinance helped farmers adjust to the Great Irish Famine

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

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Homunculus: Christiaan Huygens – the first astrobiologist?

Embryo Project: Charles Robert Cantor (1942– )

The Friends of Charles Darwin: The great Darwin fossil hunt

Embryo Project: Francois Jacob (1920–2013)

Paige Fossil History: The Rickety Cossack: A Great Title & Moment in History

The Public Domain Review: A Bestiary of Sir Thomas Browne

Look and Learn: The young naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace had three escapes from death

Alfred Russel Wallace watched the Helen go down consumed by fire

Alfred Russel Wallace watched the Helen go down consumed by fire

The History Girls: Dr Merryweather’s Un-Merry Weather

Natural History Apostilles: Lamarckism in Naval Timber and Arboriculture (Matthew 1831)

Science Notes: Today in Science History – 20 June – Frederick Gowland Hopkins

Ptak Science Books: An Annotated Poetry of Clouds

British Library: Science Blog: Fishing from the Earliest Times: A very brief history

Wonders & Marvels: Cabinet of Curiosities: Ancient Animal Tales

Forbes: Without a Doubt, Kennewick Man Was Native American, Anthropologists Say

 

CHEMISTRY:

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 17 – William Crookes

Illustration portrait of William Crookes in 1875 (age 43). Credit: Popular Science Monthly Volume 10, 1876.

Illustration portrait of William Crookes in 1875 (age 43). Credit: Popular Science Monthly Volume 10, 1876.

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 19 – Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

The many-headed monster: What is history for: Doing history/thinking historically

Medicine, ancient and modern: Thoughts on Galen and Pseudo-Galenic Texts

Indian science.org: Science and Social Movements in India

The Royal Society: Email newsletters

New York Times: Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Naomi Oreskes in her office at Harvard University's Science Center. She has been praised by climatologists for communicating climate science to the public. Kayana Szymczak for The New York Times

Naomi Oreskes in her office at Harvard University’s Science Center. She has been praised by climatologists for communicating climate science to the public.
Kayana Szymczak for The New York Times

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Scholars Talk Writing: Anthony Grafton

io9: Incredible Pictures of Early Science Labs

Capitalism’s Cradle: Can Policy boost Innovation? Lessons from 18th Century Scotland’s Linen Industry

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Three strikes and you’re out!

Indian Journal of History of Science: Why Did Scientific Renaissance Take Place in Europe And Not In Indian (pdf)

The Atlantic: Who’s Afraid of the Metric System?

The Telegraph: In pictures: 10 trailblazing British women in science and maths

Dame June Goodall Photo: AP

Dame June Goodall
Photo: AP

The Recipes Project: Exploring CPP 10a214: The Place of Devotion

The H-Word: The Geneva Protocol at 90: An Anchor for Arms Control?

Pay Scale: STEM is Important, But Let’s Not Forget About the Humanities

Conciatore: Old Post Road

Nature: Books and Art

HSHS: BJHS Preview: Issue 2, 2015

Science & Religion: Exploring The Spectrum

BBC: The women whom science forgot

Dublin Science Gallery: Fail Better

Alembic Rare Books: Watermarks & Foolscaps: Exploring the History of Paper Production

storify: Objects in Motion: Materiality in Transition

ESOTERIC:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Science Book a Day: Interviews Michael Gordin

Babelia: La exploración de la mirada

The Public Domain Review: A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894)

Notches: The Origins of Sex: An Interview With Faramerz Dabhoiwala

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Metascience: What’s so great about Feyerabend? Against Method, forty years on (oa)

Popular Science: The New Wild

Reviews in History: The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

WSJ: They Really Do Speak Another Language

NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Thomas Bartholin: The Anatomy House in Copenhagen

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BSHS: He is no loss: Robert McCormick and the voyage of HMS Beagle

JISC: Scientific Controversies: A Socio-Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Science

Historiens de la santé: Stress in Post-war Britain. 1945–1985

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Strange Remains: The ‘Rembrants of anatomical preparation’ who turned skeletons into art

Engraving of a tableau by Frederik Ruysch (1744) Etching with engraving Image credit: . National Library of Medicine.

Engraving of a tableau by Frederik Ruysch (1744) Etching with engraving Image credit: . National Library of Medicine.

The Guardian: The impossible world of MC Escher

RCS: Surgeons at Work: The Art of the Operation Hunterian Museum 31 March–19 September

Modern Art Oxford: Lynn Hershman Leeson: Origins of the Species 29 May–9 August 2015

THEATRE AND OPERA:

National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre

Theatre Royal Haymarket: The Elephant Man

FILMS AND EVENTS:

Slate: Watch the Evolution of Movie Dinosaurs From 1914 through Today: (They’ve Definitely Improved.)

Popular Science: A Brief History of Science Gone Mad:

The Fly-Human Hybrid James Vaughan/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Fly-Human Hybrid
James Vaughan/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

UCL: Grant Museum of Zoology: Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals: Closes 27 June 2015

Science Museum: Revelations: Experiments in Photography 20 February–13 September 2015

io9: An Animated Musical About Lilian Todd, First Woman to Design an Airplane

Dudley News: Groundbreaking map celebrates its 200th birthday at Dudley Museum display

CHF: The Museum at CHF

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Sex and the City Dates see website

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “Path-ologies”: A capital’s contagious geography

Oxford University Museum of Natural History: Evolution of Mammals 27 June 2015

Bath Chronicle: Brought to Light: the 18th Century Book Explosion Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 2 May–5September

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution: Bath and the Nile Explorers Closes 27 June 2015

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution: Online-Exhibition: Mr. Darwin’s Fishes

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

BBC: A Barber-Surgeon Attending to a Man’s Forehead

(c) Wellcome Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Wellcome Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

TELEVISION:

BBC Four: Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control, and Survivability – Part 1

TED: Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

British Library: Voices of Science

Silicon Republic: Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Well-behaved women rarely make history

Museo Galileo: Mutimedia Helioscope

RADIO:

BBC: Science Stories

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Birkbeck Cinema: The Hidden Persuaders Project and the Birkbeck Institute: Workshop: Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy Professions 3-4 July 2015

Educación Científica, Educación Humanística: CfP: Llamada de la participación

Advances in the History of Psychology: CfP: Contribute to the Psychologist “Looking Back” Column!

University of Boulder: CHPS: 31st Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science: Emergence: 16-18 October 2015

University of Wuppertal: CfP: Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Period 3-4 March 2015

UCL: Workshop: Psychoanalytic Filiations: Mapping the Psychoanalytic Movement 18 July 2015

Center for Khmer Studies, Siem Reap, Cambodia: CfP: 6th International Conference on The History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA 2016) 13–15 January 2016

German Chemical Society: Paul Bunge Prize 2016: History of Scientific Instruments: Call for Entries

Notches: CfP: Histories of Asian/Asian American Sexualities

Framing the Face: CfP: Workshop: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road London: 28 November 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

Science Museum: Research Fellow History of British nuclear power in international context

Centre for History at Sciences Po Paris: Assistant Professor in Environmental History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #51

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #51

Monday 15 June 2015

EDITORIAL:

 Another seven days have rushed past leaving in their wake a plethora of article and blog posts on the histories of science, technology and medicine scattered across the width and breadth of cyberspace, which we have scooped up and present here for your perusal and delectation in the fifty-first edition of your weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette. I love Librarians Historians in general and #histSTM historians in particular would be lost and unable to carry out their research work without the active assistance of a world wide army of archivists and librarians those never tiring workers at the coalface of written records. Archivists and librarians collect, collate, catalogue and make available for the historical researcher all forms of written documents and records and without their work the life of the historians would be immeasurably harder and more strewn with strife than it already is. This being the case this edition of Whewell’s Gazette is humbly dedicated to all the archivists and librarians past, present and future who serve the historian in so many ways. Library Card     Quotes of the week:

Dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, Mark all as read. – Ed Yong (@edyong209)

“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

“History of science makes scientific stories richer and more interesting” – Deborah Blum

“Science is nothing but perception”. – Plato

“The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“All my friends who weren’t at Bletchley think that The Imitation Game is wonderful, and all my friends who were think it’s rubbish” – Pamela Rose (Bletchley Girl)

“Leo Szilard never spelled his name Leó Szilárd after he left Hungary. Respect his choice. Avoid bad memes”. – Gene Dannen

“In the bathtub of history the truth is harder to hold than the soap, and much more difficult to find.” – Terry Pratchett

“There is, however, one trifling point on which I differ; viz. that I believe the high value of well-bred males is due to their transmitting their good qualities to a far greater number of offspring than can the female.” – Charles Darwin h/t @KeesJanSchilt

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”– Mark Twain

“Nobel Prizes don’t make one wise, but they’re a fine platform from wh. to reveal who you are” – Thomas Levenson (@TomLevenson)

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead” – Thomas Paine

“It is useful to the busy mind of man to be cautious in arguing about things exceeding its comprehension”. – John Locke

“Definition of a college professor: someone who talks in other people’s sleep”. – W H Auden

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. Meditations Divine and Moral” ― Anne Bradstreet h/t @roos_annamarie

“Solitude is a sublime mistress, but an intolerable wife.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson h/t Andrea Wulf (@andrea_wulf) Goethe described himself in old age as ‘I appear to myself more and more historical’. h/t Andrea Wulf (@andrea_wulf)

“CBT (Cognitive Beaverial Therapy) is…” (student spelling error in exam) h/t meta4RN Beaver PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 8–Giovanni Domenico Cassini

Corpus Newtonicum: Folding Pages (Scenes from the Library of Isaac Newton, Part 2)

Once upon a dog-ear (now folded back, but still clearly visible on both sides of the page).

Once upon a dog-ear (now folded back, but still clearly visible on both sides of the page).

The Conversation: Our latest scientific research partner was a medieval bishop

Brain Pickings: The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz

Mental Floss: The Life and Times of Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree infographic-final-full ccat.sas.upenn.edu: Copernicus in China or, Good Intentions Gone Astray

Graham Farmelo: Talking Bohr and the Bomb in Copenhagen

Dannen.com: The Franck Report, June 11, 1945

The Independent: Albert Einstein’s private letters go up for sale at California auction

Restricted Data The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: What remains of the Manhattan Project

The Guardian: Five reasons we should celebrate Albert Einstein

Clerk Maxwell Foundation: James Clerk Maxwell: Maker of Waves

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 13 – Thomas Young

Standard Daily: Albert Einstein’s Letter explaining the link between Relativity Theory and Japan’s Atomic Bombing sold for $62,500

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Londonist: Compare Detailed Historic Maps With Today’s London

British Library: Online Gallery: Anglo-saxon Mappa Mundi

Anglo Saxon Mappa Mundi Cotton MS Tiberius B.V., 56v Copyright © The British Library Board

Anglo Saxon Mappa Mundi
Cotton MS Tiberius B.V., 56v
Copyright © The British Library Board

British Library: Maps and views blog: A Bohemian rhapsody*?

Library of Congress: World War II Military Situation Maps

JAAVSO Volume 43, 2015: Margaret Harwood and the Maria Mitchell Observatory

Progressive Geographies: Notes towards a critical history of cartography, part 1

Progressive Geographies: #MAPS/// Manifesto for an Alternative Cartography

The Afternoon Map: The First Printed Ottoman Map of Palestine, 1804

The Public Domain Review: The Travels of Ludovico di Varthema (1863)

UKPN Social Science: Coming in from the cold: nineteenth-century exploration and science in the Canadian Arctic

Yovisto: Harry Johnston and the “Scramble for Africa”

Christie’s The Art People: Catalogue: Valuable Books and Manuscripts Including Cartography

Yale News: Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging

Middle East Eye: The Chinese through Abbasid eyes

Halley’s Log: Able seaman wanted!

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Wonders & Marvels: Vesalius – The Ultimate Wedding Present?

Migraine Histories: On Migraines and the Eyes

Regional Medical Humanities: A Thirst for Knowledge

Circulating Now: Where to Find History of Medicine Collections

Atlas Obscura: Would You Like Some Heroin For Your Cough?

American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, v.36, no. 6 March 25, 1900

American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, v.36, no. 6 March 25, 1900

Ptak Science Books: Newspapers and Music in Bedlamia, 1850’s

Nursing Clio: A Short History of Homeopathy: From Hahnemann to Whole Foods

Over Newser: Madness Stones to New Age Medicine: A History of Drilling Holes in our Heads

The Recipes Project: In vino sanitas

Lapham’s Quarterly: Rogue Wounds

Early Modern Medicine: Inconvenient Incontinence

Diseases of Modern Life: Workshop Report: Working with 19th-Century Medical and Health Reports

Magic and Medicine: The Casebook Project

The Public Domain Review: Practical Hydrotherapy (1909) 18484496979_98845645b3_c The Public Domain Review: When Chocolate was Medicine: Colmenero, Wadsworth and Dufour

Notches: Astrological Birth Control: Fertility Awareness and the Politics of Non-Hormonal Contraception

Motherboard: A History of the Ice Pick Lobotomy

Medicine, ancient and modern: Thoughts on Galen and Pseudo-Galenic texts

storify: Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry

Medievalist.net: Medieval Images of the Body

The 9th century scholar Hunayn ibn Ishaq wrote extensively about ophthalmology. This drawing of the eye is based on his works.

The 9th century scholar Hunayn ibn Ishaq wrote extensively about ophthalmology. This drawing of the eye is based on his works.

Science Notes: Today in Science History – 14 June – Karl Landsteiner

TECHNOLOGY:

Irish Examiner: UN marks impact of George Boole

Yovisto: John Smeaton – the Father of Civil Engineering

Smithsonian.com: How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Age

NASA: Robert Goddard: A Man and His Rocket

History Today: Automata in Myth and Science

The mechanical duck, constructed by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1782), inventor of silk-weaving machinery. - See more at: http://www.historytoday.com/john-cohen/automata-myth-and-science#sthash.n0bM8N12.dpuf

The mechanical duck, constructed by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1782), inventor of silk-weaving machinery. – See more at: http://www.historytoday.com/john-cohen/automata-myth-and-science#sthash.n0bM8N12.dpuf

Ptak Science Books: The Telephone-Wife (Lonely No More), 1925

The Guardian: The secret history of 19th century cyclists

The Wall Street Journal: The Enduring Genius of the Ballpoint Pen

Ptak Science Books: The Proposed Balloon Car of 1895

Conciatore: Neri in Pisa

Conciatore: Travels To The East

Wales On Line: Napoleon’s telescope found in cellar of Welsh country house

Daily Post: Napoleon’s spyglass found at Plas Neydd on Anglesey

Science Notes: Today in Science History – June 11 Carl von Linde

Ptak Science Books: A Remarkably- and Completely-Disappeared Invention from 1890

Gizmodo: How This Revolutionary Industrial Glass Made Its Way Into Your Kitchen

Scientific American: Inventions: 70 Years That Changed the World, 1845–1915

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Stir-fried Science: An evolutionary excursion 

UCL: Museums and Collections Blog: Specimen of the Week 191: Rhaphorhynchus wing cast

Embryo Project: Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916–2004)

The Conversation: Revealed: the great geologist behind the Origin of Species

Embryo Project: Eric Wieschaus (1947– )

Sotheby’s: Darwin Charles Autograph Letter [1877]

Forbes: This 1783 Volcanic Eruption Changed The Course of History

Embryo Project: Patrick Christopher Steptoe (1913–1988)

European Geosciences Union: Floods as war weapons – Humans caused a third of floods in past 500 years in SW Netherlands

Data is Nature: ‘You Really Do Not See a Plant Until You Draw it’ – Botanical Wall Charts at the Academic Heritage Foundation

Bladstanden – A.A.Van Voorn

Bladstanden – A.A.Van Voorn

I am Safari: Life on the Forest Floor #1 – Wallace’s legacy

Quartz: To revolutionize biology, Charles Darwin got inspiration from the science of rocks

James C Ungureanu: Darwin and the Divine Programmer

Laelaps: A Dinosaur Reading List for Everyone

Yovisto: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

The Guardian: The unseen women scientists behind Tim Hunt’s Nobel Prize

Natural History Apostilles: A.P. De Candolle’s anticipation of natural selection (1820)

Niche: #EnvHist Worth Reading: May 2015

CHEMISTRY:

Homunculus: Set for chemistry: a longer view

A chemical manual from c.1894, in which the link to stage magic is clear. (Harry Price Library, UCL)

A chemical manual from c.1894, in which the link to stage magic is clear. (Harry Price Library, UCL)

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Research Resources

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Attack on Truth

imgur: The History of Science Fiction (created as an entry to a science mapping exhibit at Indiana University)

dataphys.org: List of Physical Visualizations

SciLogs: No, Writing Intelligibly Is Not ‘Dumbing It Down’

National Museums of Scotland: Delving into the past for International Archives Day 2015

The Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland in 1932.

The Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland in 1932.

The Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland today. Image © Andrew Lee.

The Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland today. Image © Andrew Lee.

James B Sumner: Sites and resources on history and science communications

The Science and Entertainment Lab: Stories About Science: Symposium Round-up

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Announcing the 2015–2016 Lemelson Center Fellows

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Creating a holy cow

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Now We Are Six

Pooh Sticks E. H. Shepard

Pooh Sticks E. H. Shepard

academia.edu: Curiosity, Horror and Freedom in the Wunderkammer

The Irish News: Pioneer of science journalism Mary Mulvihill dies aged 55

William & Mary: Whodunit: What learned hand wrote all over Isaac Newton’s masterpiece?

Leaping Robot: Worldly Devils

History NASA: The Impact of Science on Society – James Burke – Jules Bergman – Isaac Asimov

British Society for the History of Mathematics: New Website

HNN: Why Historians Should Use Social Science Insights When Writing History

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: We were Trojans

Ptak Science Books: Reading Symbolism in Raymond Lull’s Portrait

Source: Ptak Science Books

Source: Ptak Science Books

Independent.ie: Magic, myth and secrecy – WB Yeats and the occult

BOOK REVIEWS:

The Guardian: Life’s Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code   9781781251409 THE: Birds and Frogs: Selected Papers, 1990–2014, by Freeman Dyson

The Guardian: A Natural History of English Gardening by Mark Laird review – gorgeous and diverse

The Guardian: Agents of Empire by Noel Malcolm review – a dazzling history of the 16th-century Mediterranean

NEW BOOKS:

A Canadian Treasury of Medical History: Champagne and Strawberries to Celebrate New Books in Canuk HM and HN

Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine: Human Gene Mapping Workshops c.1973–c.1991 Free Download!

Amazon: The Cybernetic Moment: Or Why We Call Out Age The Information Age

Historiens de la santé: August Weismann: Development, Heredity, and Evolution 9780674736894-lg University of Chicago Press: How Our Days Became Numbered

Harvard University Press: Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science

ART: The Paris Review: True Blue

Full title: The Virgin in Prayer Artist: Sassoferrato Date made: 1640-50 Source: http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/ Contact: picture.library@nationalgallery.co.uk Copyright © The National Gallery, London

Full title: The Virgin in Prayer
Artist: Sassoferrato
Date made: 1640-50
Source: http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/
Contact: picture.library@nationalgallery.co.uk
Copyright © The National Gallery, London

University of Durham: Workshop: ‘Visual Culture in Medical Humanities’ 18 June 2015

National Museum of Scotland: Photography: A Victorian Sensation 19 June–22 November 2015

THEATRE AND OPERA:

Arts Theatre: The Waiting Room Closes 19 June 2015

FILMS AND EVENTS:

THE: Science inspired by fiction

The Guardian: Rare footage surfaces of Amelia Earhart shortly before she vanished

Royal Society: Last Chance: Philosophical Transactions: 350 years of publishing Closes 23 June 2015

National Library of Scotland: Last Chance: The Forth Bridge: Building an icon Closes 21 June 2015

Royal Observatory Edinburgh: Astronomy Evenings

MHS Oxford: Family Friendly: Beam me up, Harry! Discover the story of Harry Moseley

Royal College of Physicians: ‘This calamitous year’: plague, doctors and death

John Baines Tours: Wallace in the Malay Archipelago 8-25 September 2015

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

BBC: Sir William Crookes (17 June 1832–4 April 1919) by Charles Albert Ludovici

(c) National Portrait Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) National Portrait Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

TELEVISION:

ISSUU.com: Actes D’hisòria De La Ciència I De La Tècnica: Volume 7 2014: Science on Television

BBC: Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS: Youtube: National Geographic: From Patents to Profits – American Genius

Youtube: The Royal Institute Channel

HUMLab: HUMlab Seminars Video Archive

Strata Smith: The Man & The Map

V&A: Printing and Binding a Handmade Book

Museo Galileo: Galileo’s disciples

RADIO:

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories

PODCASTS:

ODNB: Roy Porter Historian

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Manchester: Symposium: The university reimagined: past and Present 16 September 2015

LMU: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society: Workshop: Back to a Sustainable Future: Visions of Sustainability in the History of Design 19 June 2015

University of Aarhus: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Fifth Biennial Conference 24-26 June 2015

UCL: Seminar: History of the Psychological Disciplines Series 16 June 2015

Galileo Teacher Training Program: Eratosthenes Experiment 15-17 June 2015 Eratosthenes-June-2015-banner University of Manchester: How do we tell the history of science? 19 June 2015

Rijks Museum: Conference Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries 17-18 September 2015

HSTM Network Ireland: Conference: Food as Medicine 9-10 October 2015

University of Wuppertal: Workshop: Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Era 3–4 March 2016

edtechteacher: Summer Workshop: Teaching History with Technology 23–24 July 2015

Ant Spider Bee: CfP: A Campfire Conversation About Small Data and Big Stories, ASEH 2016

Notches: CfP: Histories of Sexuality in Latin America

The Programming Historian: Training Programme: Programming Historian Live, British Library 19 October 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

National Science Foundation: NSF Historian

ETH Zurich: Professor of History of Exact Sciences

Universitat de València: Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Históricos y Sociales sobre Ciencia, Medicina y Comunicación Científica

Universitat de València: Máster Universitario en Historia de la Ciencia y Comunicación Cientifica

University of Sussex: Research Fellow in Digital Humanities/Digital History (Fixed Term)

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #50

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #50

Monday 08 June 2015

EDITORIAL:

Somewhat delayed, you can now admire, read, consume, criticise, use, abuse or simple ignore the fiftieth edition of the weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette bringing the best of the histories of science, technology and medicine, which our special team of search owls could dig up over seven days in the Internet, to computer screen all over the world.

The fiftieth edition! When I decided to lay On Giants’ Shoulders the monthly history of science blog carnival to rest and to start this weekly links list in its place, I naively thought that in doing so I would reduce my workload. Each edition being only a quarter of a month would only require a quarter of the effort, right? Unfortunately my own fervour, tendency to perfection and nerd desire for completeness have meant that the Gazette has grown into monster of undreamed of dimensions, consuming far more of my time and energy than On Giants’ Shoulders ever did.

The above should not be seen in anyway as a complaint. Perverse as I am, I enjoy the work and as a good friend of mine used to say, it keeps me off the streets and stops me beating up old ladies. Although I’m now approaching the period of life where the old ladies are more likely to beat me up rather than the other way around.

As long as I have a working computer and the necessary health to continue I see no reason why Whewell’s Gazette shouldn’t continue to collate and present the Internet’s contributions to #histSTM to those eager to consume them. The next two weeks will see the nominal year completed with the fifty-first and fifty-second editions then there will be a brief hiatus, as I shall be off on an adventure more about which more will be revealed on The Renaissance Mathematicus in due time.

@Grammarly

Quotes of the week:

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom”. – Confucius

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves”. – Wittgenstein

“Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! [That] always means getting other people under your control”. – Diderot

“When scholars work alone, mistakes are made in private. When scholars collaborate, mistakes are made in public, and everyone learns”. – Tom Scheinfeldt (@foundhistory)

“For what could be more beautiful than the heavens which contain all beautiful things?” – Nicolaus Copernicus

Them “You’re too angry. You’ll catch more flies with honey…”

Me “Why the fuck would I want to catch flies.” – @Evie_Eliot

“’Historians’ who put ideology ahead of actual research should simply shut up” – Samuel McLean (@Canadian_Errant)

History doesn’t have to be old. History starts only a few hours ago.” – ESA Space History

History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.” – Patrick McCray (@LeapingRobot)

“People remember stories, not facts. Scientists need to use stories or storytellers will (are) make(ing) bad science stick” – Mhari Stewart (@ScienceArtReach)

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain

“To talk is the best way not to speak about the essential” – Arjen Dijksmam (@materion)

“Before I begin speaking, there is something I’d like to say.” – Raymond Smullyan

“My daughter just asked why we say “hang up” the phone and now I feel 90”. – Jason English (@EnglishJason)

“Thou lookest like the backe syde of my barrell of small beere!” – Insult 1610 h/t Jonathan Healey (@SocialHistoryOx)

“One 17th century newspaper was described by its critics as ‘an increaser of Bum-fodder’.” – Jonathan Healey (@SocialHistoryOx)

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Ptak Science Books: Anti-Gravity Anti-Gravitas

Image source:  My Ear Trumpet via Ptak Science Books

Image source: My Ear Trumpet via Ptak Science Books

arXiv.org: Galileo in early modern Denmark, 1600–1650

Slate: Genius move: Max Planck, the unlikely founder of quantum physics, knew how to change his mind.

Popular Science: Here’s Where Astronomers Discovered We Are All Star Stuff

Big Island Now: Caltech To Shut Down Observatory in September

Phys.org: History of the NASA Skylab, America’s first space station

astro.uni.edu: Ptolemaic System Simulator

AIP: Werner Heisenberg on the scientific style of Bohr and others

Yovisto: Carnot and Thermodynamics

Epoch Times: Music and Physics: The Connections Aren’t Trivial

tuson.com: Astronomer Bart Bok studied the Milky Way

The Hindu: The monsoon watchers

The astronomical observatory in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest in the India. Photo: Anand Narayanan

The astronomical observatory in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest in the India. Photo: Anand Narayanan

The Jerusalem Post: Hebrew University unveils new statue of Albert Einstein on Jerusalem campus

arXiv.org: The Marquise du Chatelet: A Controversial Woman of Science

Ptak Science Books: Isaac Newton, Alpha and Omega

Pacific Standard: Without Christianity, What Year Would It Be?

Forbes: Twenty Years of Bose-Einstein Condensation

Ptak Science Books: Early “Image” of Hiroshima – as a Cartoon

Brunellesci: Operations of the Geometric and Military Compass of Galileo Galilei (pdf)

Discover: A History of General Relativity

AZ Daily Sun.com: The View from Mars Hill: The discovery of Charon has Flagstaff roots

Teylers Museum: Fluroscoop naar Becquerel, J. Duboscq

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

arXive.org: The search for longitude: Preliminary insights from a 17th Century Dutch perspective

Mapping London: Hexagonal Map of London

Halley’s Log: Return to sea

The Bodleian’s Map Room Blog: Cartoon Maps

European Revue, Kill that Eagle, Published by Geographia in 1914 and drawn by J. Amshewitz. C1 (407)

European Revue, Kill that Eagle, Published by Geographia in 1914 and drawn by J. Amshewitz. C1 (407)

Yovisto: Knud Rasmussen – the Father of Eskimonology

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: “Secta Empírica y Dogmáticos Racionales”: medicine and the ESD in early modern Spain

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: A Bladder-Stone Operation: A Most Unusual Composition

New York Times: Medicine’s Hidden Roots in an Ancient Manuscript

Forbes: Castration Affected Skeleton of Famous Opera Singer Farinelli, Archaeologists Say

Mosaic: How to mend a broken heart

Discover: Researchers’ Quest for an Artificial Heart

Mad Art Lab: Lymph, There It Is: Florence Sabin, Pioneer Woman of Medical Research (Women in Science 39)

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NYAM: An Eye for Conservation: William Clift, Fenwick Beekman, and John Hunter

Northumberland Archives: Mary Ann Fulcher – School Headmistress

Medievalist.net: What’s Wrong with Early Medieval Medicine?

Inside the Science Museum: A mystery object

Advances in the History of Psychology: Remembering Oak Ridge: A Digital Exhibit

A Canadian Treasury of Medical History

The Atlantic: The Tampon: A History

The Walrus: Archaic instruments from the attic of Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital

Wellcome Collection: Exhibitions: Treating yourself

TECHNOLOGY:

Inside The Science Museum: Wonderful Things: Ancient Egyptian Curling Tongs

The Public Domain Review: The Forth Bridge: Building an Icon

Detail from “Plans and sections for a bridge of chains proposed to be thrown over the Frith of Forth at Queensferry”, James Anderson, 1818.

Detail from “Plans and sections for a bridge of chains proposed to be thrown over the Frith of Forth at Queensferry”, James Anderson, 1818.

Tylers Museum: Instrumentzaal: Set telefoons, naar Bell, door Maldant & Cie, 1880

Nature: Ancient humans brought tools to Europe

Louis Prang and Chromolithography: Lithographer

Today’s Document: Patent Drawing for T. Newman’s Poison Warning Bottle 6/2/1908

The Public Domain Review: The Nightwalker and the Nocturnal Picaresque

Ptak Science Books: Socialism, Civilization, and Fertilizer…and Nazis (1945)

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A twelve-year flash of genius

James Eckford Lauder: James Watt and the Steam Engine: the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century, 1855

James Eckford Lauder: James Watt and the Steam Engine: the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century, 1855

Inside the Science Museum: Revealing the invisible

The Enlightened Economist: Inventors and manufacturers, and their economics

AEON: Losing the thread

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

APP: In memoriam: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (1925–2015)

Geschichte der Geologie: Die Geburt and der Tod von Kontinente

Amgueddfa Blog: Wallace Goes West…

Embryo Project: Charles Benedict Davenport (1866–1944)

Evolution News: Darwin, Design, and Phototropism

Fossil History: On Being Remembered: Huxley, Busk, & Scientific Friendship

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Thinking Like a Mountain: Understanding & Altering the Climate: Historical Perspectives

USGS: The Early History of Seismology (to 1900)

Yovisto: James Hutton – the Father of Modern Geology

Popular Science: The Church of George Church

Embryo Project: Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin (1842–1921)

Trowelblazers: Gertrude Caton Thompson

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Science Comma: CHOTS Away! At Down House

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project: Annual report on work of the project 14 May 2014–13 May 2015

National Geographic: Read Francis Crick’s $6 Million Letter to Son describing DNA

The Royal Society: The Repository: Nature’s pins and needles

BHL: World Oceans Day: Ernst Haeckel and Art Forms in Nature

Ocean Portal: Art Forms in Nature: Marine Species From Ernst Haeckel

The siphonophores are an order of marine animals in the phylum Cnidaria (the same phylum containing jellyfish).  Credit: Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur / Biodiversity Heritage Library

The siphonophores are an order of marine animals in the phylum Cnidaria (the same phylum containing jellyfish).
Credit: Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur / Biodiversity Heritage Library

Braintree & Witham Times: Free new exhibition at Chelmsford Museum explores the exotic collections of Alfred Russel Wallace

Trowelblazers: Nieves López Martínez

CHEMISTRY:

Yovisto: Richard Smalley – the Father of Nanotechnology

Buckminsterfullerene C60

Buckminsterfullerene C60

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Ptak Science Books: An Alphabet of Ages of Scientific Terms

Newsweek: Frankenstein Has Been Given a Bad Rap – And Science Suffers

The Recipes Project: First Monday Library Chat: The Huntingdon Library

NYAM: Recommended Resources

Harvard Gazette: ‘a completely new life was beckoning’: Beyond the reach of monsters, Gerald Holten found infinite possibilities

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus Gerald Holton is pictured in his Cambridge home. He first arrived at Harvard in 1943. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus Gerald Holton is pictured in his Cambridge home. He first arrived at Harvard in 1943. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

AIP: New Oral Histories Website

The Partially Examined Life: Science, Technology and Society IV: Paul Feyerabend

In the Middle: How Do We Write? Dysfunctional Academic Writing

Reflections: Blog of the STS Department at the University of Vienna: The Science of Science Maps

Connected Histories: Digital Resources

The Guardian: Readers suggest the 10 best unsung female scientists

Informs: History and Traditions

How do we tell the history of science?

LSE: The Academic Book of the Future: exploring academic practices and expectations for the monograph

Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition: Setting “Objects” in Motion

History Womble: Toe-dipping in the mainstream

Popular Science: My Temple, My Mountain

Enviromental History: Volume 20 Issue 3 July 2015 Table of Contents

Open Culture: The History of Philosophy, from 600 B.C.E. to 1935, Visualized in Two Massive, 44-Foot High Diagrams

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: Agnolo della Casa

Conciatore: Dear Friends

Conciatore: Artificial Gems

Pastes (glass) set in silver openwork (Portugal c. 1750) Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Acq. nr. M.68-1962

Pastes (glass) set in silver openwork (Portugal c. 1750)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Acq. nr. M.68-1962

Astrolabes and Stuff: Drawing up a medieval horoscope

Beyond the Reading Room: Another Book from the Library of Isaac Newton

Corpus Newtonicum: The world has heeded my plea! Another Newton book found

academia.edu: Dis/unity of Knowledge: Models for the Study of Modern Esotericism and Science

BOOK REVIEWS:

National Geographic: In Age of Science, Is Religion ‘Harmful Superstition’?

Scientific American Blogs: Cross–Check: Book by Biologist Jerry Coyne Goes Too Far Denouncing Religion, Defending Science

Wall Street Journal: Preaching to the Converted

THE: Radium and the Secret of Life, by Luis A. Campos

Radium-and-the-secret-of-life-by-Luis-Campos

St John’s History Department: Book Review: Laura J. Snyder Eye of the Beholder

Termessos: The Born Family in Göttingen and Beyond

Viktor Weisskopf, Maria Göppert and Max Born on bicycles in Göttingen in the 1920s

Viktor Weisskopf, Maria Göppert and Max Born
on bicycles in Göttingen in the 1920s

Popular Science: Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems

NEW BOOKS:

Ashgate: Renaissance Mad Voyages and the ‘Culture of Play, 1300–1700’ series

Historiens de la santé: When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws

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ART:

Royal Museums Greenwich: Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals at the Grant Museum

The Kongouro from New Holland (Kangaroo), George Stubbs, 1772

The Kongouro from New Holland (Kangaroo), George Stubbs, 1772

The Recipes Project: Clear as Crystal: Leonardo da Vinci’s Walnut Oil

Science Museum: First operation performed using anaesthesia, 1846

Science Museum: The Rise of Anatomy, a dissection in the 14th century

Science Museum: Exhibition: Revelations: Experiments in Photography 20 March–13 September 2015

THEATRE AND OPERA:

Theatre Royal Winchester: Matchbox Theatre in conversation with Michael Frayn (Copenhagen)

FILMS AND EVENTS:

Glasgow Science Festival: Festival of Light: Illuminating James Clerk Maxwell 13 June 2015

Glasgow Science Festival: Science on the Street 13 June 2015

Welcome Collection: Exhaustion Then and Now 11 June 2015

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

The Surgeon Barber

DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER, The surgeon-barber , oil on cloth 57,15 x 73,66 cm The Chrysler Museum of Art,  Norfolk, VA. Gift Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER, The surgeon-barber , oil on cloth 57,15 x 73,66 cm The Chrysler Museum of Art,
Norfolk, VA. Gift Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

TELEVISION:

ITV News: A long-lost microscope

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

University of Cambridge: Rebekah Higgitt – Longitude found

Torch Oxford: Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

Youtube: Robert Oppenheimer speaking at UCLA 5/14/1964

Youtube: Albert Einstein statue unveiled in Jerusalem

Ustream: Webcast: Unseen Connections – A Natural History of the Cellphone

Science Museum: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

De Uzeren Eeuw: Een nieuwe wereld Aflevering 10: Dubois en Lorentz

Youtube: What Range of subjects did Newton study at Cambridge?

Youtube: Information Age: The microchip that changed our world

RADIO:

cbc radio: Ideas: Science Under Siege, Part 1

cbc radio: Ideas: Science Under Siege, Part 2

BBC: Lisa Jardine on Desert Island Discs

Source: The Independent 10 June 2015 Photographer: Unknown

Source: The Independent 10 June 2015 Photographer: Unknown

PODCASTS:

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Full of Potential: Thirteenth Century Physics

Open Culture: Listen as Albert Einstein Calls for Peace and Social Justice in 1945

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Gresham College: Lecture: Babbage and Lovelace 19 January 2016

University of Notre Dame: Locating Forensic Science and Medicine. University of Notre Dame Global Gateway, London: 24-25 July 2015

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Exhibition: Specimens of Natural History: Komunitas Salihara Gallery Jakarta 15 August–15 September 2015

eä Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies of Science and Technology: CfP: Deadline 15 June 2015

Difficult Women Conference: CfP: Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680–1830 University of York 28 November 2015

University of Umeå: Workshop: CfP: History of field research stations at Umeå University 26–27 August 2015

University of Swansea: Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies Regional Conference: Technologies of Daily Life in Ancient Greece 2–3 July 2015

University of Durham: Feyerabend 2015: Forty Years ‘Against Method’ 15–16 July

York Festival of Ideas: Talk: The Occult Roots of Modern Psychology 13 June 2015

The Hidden Persuaders Project and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image present:

Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy Professions 3-4th July 2015

Discover Medical London: Study Tour: Path–ologies: A capital’s contagious geography 29 June 2015

Discover Medical London: Women and Medicine – For dates see website

The Royal Institution: Talk: The story of life – Matthew Cobb & Nick Lane 11 June 2015

Morbid Anatomy: New Conference Devoted to 19th Century Eccentric, Naturalist, Traveler and Taxidermist Charles Waterton, July 31 – August 1, West Yorkshire, England

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Sophia Centre: Astrology as Art 27-28 June 2015

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: An incredibly varied spring meeting, from alchemy to Arrhenius, elixirs to electrons Clare Hall Cambridge 15 June 2015

CHF: Synthesis Lecture Series: Joseph Gabriel, “Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry”

Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition: About 18–20 June 2015

University of Kent: Conference: Science and Engineering in Cultural Context 25–26 June 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Valencia: Master in History of Science and Scientific Communication

RCN Foundation: Monica Baly Bursary for Scholarship in Nursing History

King’s College London: Research and Teaching Associate History of Science and Medicine

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #49

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #49

Monday 01 June 2015

EDITORIAL:

Although this is the forty-ninth edition of your weekly #histSTM links list this time it actually brings you some of the best in the histories of science, technology and medicine, not from the last seven days but from the last fourteen as I spent most of the last week travelling to and back from the North of England, as mentioned in the last edition, in order to attend the funeral of my elder brother. Despite this somewhat melancholic interruption we have another bumper crop of #histSTM delight for you perusal and edification.

In place of an editorial I have brought together some articles and comments about writing the history of science. To kick off we have an excellent article from Philip Ball about writing about the role of women in #histSTM.

Chemistry World: How do we solve a problem like Marie?

© Science Source/Science Photo Library

© Science Source/Science Photo Library

Illustrated by an example of how not to do it

The Guardian: The 10 best unsung female scientists

and a couple of pertinent comments picked up from Twitter

I think a fruitful direction for popular #histSTM would be re-examining our criteria for “greatness.” – Meg Rosenburg

“Women’s scientific work has been “obscured or devalued by the ideology of scientific heroism” – (Oreskes, 1996)

and an  excellent older article on the problems of hagiography in #histSTM

The Toast: On Heroic Scientists and Hagiography

The OUP blog goes as far as to ask

Is the history of science still relevant?

Two major articles tackle the problems generated by Steven Weinberg’s recent blast on the history of science

Springer Link: Whose History Is It?

Shells and Pebbles: Weinberg, Whiggism, and The World in History of Science

Which elicited this comment from Rebekah “Becky” Higgitt: “Writing the history of physics deserves to be multi-faceted”

We close with two articles on the problematic presentation of the role of catholic clergy in the history of science

The Wall Street Journal: Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth

Crown River Media.com: Climate of change: The Catholic church’s dance with science

Quotes of the week:

“Make tea not war.” – @AlmostSenseless

“The best way to find manuscript typos is to click submit”. – @AcademicsSay

“Every time someone brings up Gödel’s incompleteness theorem in a non-math context, God makes another theorem unprovable.” – @existentialscoms

“Some people think themselves clever if one has to be clever to understand them”. – Erasmus

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ― Mark Twain

“In philosophy, if you think the answer is obvious, you haven’t understood the question”. – @keithfrankish

“Can you imagine what we could achieve if all the philosophers in the world got together?”

“Nothing?”

“Exactly!” – @ethicistforhire

“I shall assume that your silence gives consent”. – Plato

“Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, often their words are wise.” —Hávamál

”No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

“How did we let “overmorrow” (meaning “the day after tomorrow”) obsolesce? It’s useful and beautiful”. – Ned Morrell

“One of the hardest and least frequently learned lessons of blogging is how to remain silent when you have nothing useful to add”. – Chad Orzel

“If at first you don’t succeed, read the instructions”. – @kellyflorentia

“Having a blog (or whatever) and making it work are two different things and that needs to be recognised!” – Richard Blakemore (@historywomble)

“I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals”. – George Berkeley

“The less men think, the more they talk”. – Montesquieu

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it”. – John Locke

“Having an open mind is not the same as having an empty head”. – Peter Coles (@telescoper)

“No man is free who is not master of himself”. – Epictetus

“It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.” – John Cage

“Books are better than ever but there is no time for books, we must kill the internet.” – @mims

“A pencil is a magic wand that conjures whole worlds from graphite and dreams.” – @DublinSoil

Birthdays of the Fortnight:

Mary Anning born 21 May 1799

Mary Anning with her dog, Tray, painted before 1842; the Golden Cap outcrop can be seen in the background Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mary Anning with her dog, Tray, painted before 1842; the Golden Cap outcrop can be seen in the background
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Natural History Museum: Mary Anning: the unlikeliest pioneer of palaeontology

History of Geology: The historical problem for women geologists: Travel and Gear

Letters from Gondwana: Mary Anning, The Carpenter’s Daughter

Forbes: Mary Anning: From Selling Seashells To One of History’s Most Important Paleontologists

BBC: Forgotten fossil found to be new species of ichthyosaur

Letters From Gondwana: Mary Anning’s Contribution to French Paleontology

Trowelblazers: Happy Birthday TrowelBlazers! And Happy Birthday Mary Anning!

Albrecht Dürer born 21 May

The earliest painted Self-Portrait (1493) by Albrecht Dürer, oil, originally on vellum (Louvre, Paris) Source: Wikimedia Commons

The earliest painted Self-Portrait (1493) by Albrecht Dürer, oil, originally on vellum (Louvre, Paris)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Surviving Transition: Albrecht Dürer: Diary of a Journey to the Netherlands (July, 1520–July 1521)

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A maths book from a painter

Geschichte der Geologie: Kunst & Geologie: Albrecht Dürers Landschaftsbilder

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

The Institute: Did You Know? Someone Else Wrote Maxwell’s Equations

True Anomalies: Exploring “Genius Day” with Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon Source: True Anomalies

Annie Jump Cannon
Source: True Anomalies

The Physics Mill: The Men Who Weighed Mountains

Time in Art: 1 Yemini Astrolabe

Descartes Project: Isaac Beeckman

Skulls in the Stars: 1975: The year that quantum mechanics met gravity

Royal Museums Greenwich: Spring Forward: 100 years of British Summer Time

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage: The History of Early Low Frequency Radio Astronomy in Australia

Teylers Museum: Water hammer, 1874

Tand Online: Advances in optics in the medieval Islamic world

Science 2.0: The Culturally Subjective Nature of Good Acoustics

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Collection Online: Eclipse of the Sun

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Let’s talk about science: Van Gogh’s ‘Starry’ study

Space.com: The Father of SETI: Q6A with Astronomer Frank Drake

Starts With A Bang: Throwback Thursday: When We Changed The Laws of Gravity

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft: A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

John Gribbin Science: Why the Sky is Dark at Night

Ptak Science Books: A Not-Beautiful Confusion (1912)

Yovisto: The Life and Work of Georg von Peuerbach

AIP: Oral History Transcripts – Dr Martin Schwarzschild

Corpus Newtonicum: How to recognise a Newton library book in 60 seconds

James Musgrave’s bookplate, with the Barnsley Park shelfmark (here Case R. E.4.)

James Musgrave’s bookplate, with the Barnsley Park shelfmark (here Case R. E.4.)

AIP: Oral History Transcript – J. Robert Schrieffer

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Ptak Science Books: Zones of the Variable (Maps of the Winds, 1886)

Ptak Science Books: A Map of Currents and Seaweed, 1886

British Library: Plan of Plymouth harbour, 1693

Ptak Science Books: Ghost Trails of the Mississippi River: Harold Fisk’s Geological Map of 1944

Ménestral: Medievalists on the map (French)

Bibliothèque Numérique Patrimoine Des Ponts: Cartes et documents de CH-J. Minard

History Today: Alberto Cantino’s World Map

The Hakluyt Society Blog: The Cabot Project

Henry VII’s letter to John Morton, re William Weston, c. 1499, C82/332 piece 61 out of 74, TNA:PRO. Courtesy of The National Archives

Henry VII’s letter to John Morton, re William Weston, c. 1499, C82/332 piece 61 out of 74, TNA:PRO.
Courtesy of The National Archives

Made From History: 10 Medieval Maps of Britain

Canadian GIS & Geomatics: Collection of Early Canadian Maps (1556 to 1857)

Blink: The Compass Chronicles: A game of whispers

The New Yorker: Project Exodus: What’s behind the dream of colonizing Mars?

Awesome Archives: From Endangered Archives Project 619: Pilot project to locate and digitise endangered single-copy pencil drawn Thakbast/mouza maps in selected Bangladeshi districts

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MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Forbes: Rotten Roman Baby Teeth Blamed on Honey, Porridge

JHU Collections Web: Online Exhibition: Explore the Wall

Atlas Obscura: See These Stunning Photos of Brain Surgery’s Earliest Patients

Oxford University Press: The Perils of Peace: The Public Health Crisis in Occupied Germany: Open Access Title

Mo Costandi: Harvey Cushing: The Father of Modern Neurosurgery

The Recipes Project: Hunting for herbs: chasing migraine remedies across the centuries

Seven different types of sage (Salvia species): Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Seven different types of sage (Salvia species): Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Spitalfields Life: In Search of Culpeper’s Spitalfields

NYAM: Damien the Leper (Part 3 of 3)

Forbes: Roman Forum Yields Stash of Teeth Extracted by Ancient Dentist

Erowid Experience Vaults: Remarks on the Effects of the Mescal Button: Peyote Extract by Dr. S. Weir Mitchell 1896

The Recipes Project: Conference Report: Materia Medica on the Move, Leiden, 15-17 April 2015

Early Modern Practitioners: Working Papers

Berfrois: The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

Circulating Now: Physiological Ads for the Modern Self

Slate: How to Tell If You’re Dead: The 19th-century doctor who wanted to create a “death thermometer”

NYAM: Did Corsets Harm Women’s Health?

The title page of “Fashion’s Slaves,” 1892.

The title page of “Fashion’s Slaves,” 1892.

The East End: The London Burkers

Slate: A 16th-Century GIF Tour of the Inside of the Brain

The Art of Saving a Life. Edward Jenner’s Smallpox Discovery

TECHNOLOGY:

Ptak Science Books: Bad Sounds Department: the V-1, 1944

Ptak Science Book: Technical Report on the V-1, 1945

Conciatore: A Deeper Accomplishment

Conciatore: The Casino di San Marco

Conciatore: Don Antonio de’ Medici

Ptak Science Books: TomorrowVision: U-235, Project Orion, and City-Sized Space Ships, 1941–1968 (+)

Nova News Now.com: Dartmouth project unearths part of Shubenacadie canal’s history

Spitalfields Life: The Principle Operations of Weaving, 1748

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ODNB: Edwin Beard Budding

Gebloggendings: Identifying ships in aerial photographs of the Crossroads Baker nuclear threat

Ptak Science Books: German Submarine Importance in Graphical Comparison, 1912

The Paris Review: A Brief History of Spacefarers

The Public Domain Review: The Emphatic Camera: Frank Norris and the Invention of Film Editing

Mental Floss: 6 More Magnificent Women in Their Flying Machines

KATHERINE STINSON

KATHERINE STINSON

Special Collections & Archives at Mizzou: The Modern Geometrical Stair Builders Guide

Telegraph of India: History of Weave – Of tapestries, hookahs and howdas

Ptak Science Books: Pause-Giving Photographs of Artillery Shell Vastness, ca. 1917

Ptak Science Books: Electro-LUXurious 3: Anti-erection “Body Wear” 1889

Conciatore: Rosichiero Glass

Conciatore: The Importance of Being Diligent

Conciatore: A Matter of Plagiarism

Ptak Science Books: WWII Aircraft Cross Sections – the Schematics Work of G.H. Davis

Inside the Science Museum: Space pioneer Alexi Leonov on the birth of the space age

Ptak Science Books: Calculating Machine Article, 1885 – Full Text

Ptak Science Books: Another Rooftop Airport/Helipad, 1945

Vox: Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass ‘60s programmer who saved the moon landing

Margaret Hamilton in an Apollo Command Module.

Margaret Hamilton in an Apollo Command Module.

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Mental Floss: How One Woman’s Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project: Mini Biographies of Wallace’s Correspondents

NMNH: The Plant Press: Botanical Treasures #1. Wilkes collection type specimen: holotype of Argyroxiphium macrocephalum

The first botanical treasure is the holotype of Argyroxiphium macrocephalum (US 59690).

The first botanical treasure is the holotype of Argyroxiphium macrocephalum (US 59690).

Concocting History: The curious incident of the dog and the palm tree

Genome Biology: Raymond Gosling: the man who crystallised genes

Palaeoblog: Born This Day: William King Gregory

Embryo Project: Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002)

Many Headed Monster: Women’s Work in Rural England, 1500–1700

Geschichte der Geologie: Kunst & Geologie: Eduard von Grützner – Der Mineraloge

Palaeoblog: Born This Day: Oliver Perry Hay

Richard Carter: Sir Thomas Browne observes a murmuration of starlings

AMNH: Darwin Manuscript Project

Blastr: Researcher photographs Leeuwenhoek’s ‘animalcules’ after 340 Years

The Mountain Mystery: Henry Hess and the Sea’s Floor

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Things named after Wallace: Alternative Realities

Scientific American: Why Carbon Is the Best Marker for the New Human Epoch

Quartz: Lessons from Charles Darwin on working from home

Essex Chronicle: Historical specimens from across the world arrive in Chelmsford

Trowelblazers: Elizabeth Anderson Gray

Elizabeth Anderson Gray spent her entire life fossil hunting. Her collections were vital to our understanding of early life on earth. © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Elizabeth Anderson Gray spent her entire life fossil hunting. Her collections were vital to our understanding of early life on earth. © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks: Naudin, Wallace and Darwin: – the tree idea

The Friends of Charles Darwin: We receive feedback

The Washington Post Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find

Nature: Correspondence: The mystery of the microscope in mud

CHEMISTRY:

Othmeralia: How best to use a blow pipe

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The Royal Institution: Interactive timeline: Humphry Davy

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Angie Higgins: The Institute of Sexology

Maybe It’s Because: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

The Hindu Business Line: Rohit Gupta’s The Compass Chronicles

Medium.com: How to write a blogpost from your journal article

LSU Ichthyology: On Being a Natural History Curator

History Department at the University of York: Time to share some of the achievements of our department

Arms Control Association: Getting to Know Alex Wellerstein

Alex Wellerstein works at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on January 19. (Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein)

Alex Wellerstein works at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on January 19. (Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein)

Curie: History matters to the present and the future

Panacea: Achoo!!!: The Humble Sneeze

Museums Association: Nine projects given green light for £98m HLF investment

The Atlantic: Reviving the Female Cannon

The Recipes Project: Translating Recipes 12: Recipes in Time and Space, Part 6 – BETWEEN

Society for Social Studies of Science: Primer Coloquio Colombiano de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la tecnología

Inside the Science Museum: Space pioneer Alexei Leonov heralds Cosmonauts Exhibition

Storify: Cosmonauts exhibition announcement

Edge: We Need A Modern Origin Story: A Big History

The Royal Society: The Repository: The paper chase

The #EnvHist Weekly

The Guardian: Peter Gay obituary

The Telegraph: Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says

UCL Press: Lisa Jardine: Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture Free Download

The H-Word: Scientific publishing: how have changes over the last 50 years affected scientists?

The #EnvHist Weekly

Hooke’s Books.com: Robert Hooke’s Books

Ejournals@Cambridge: The Collected Papers of Einstein: Princeton University Press has made the Collected Works of Albert Einstein digitally available on an Open Access site. academia.edu: When the Printer Met the Virtuoso

Physics Today: The Dayside: Kissed by a prince

The Last Word on Nothing: Storia

The Boston Globe: Atop a sacred mountain, a skirmish between pure science and religion

A galaxy discovered in 2004 was identified by combining the power of the Hubble telescope and telescopes on Mauna Kea. ESA, NASA VIA REUTERS

A galaxy discovered in 2004 was identified by combining the power of the Hubble telescope and telescopes on Mauna Kea.
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ESOTERIC:

distillatio: Is this an unusual and often overlooked piece of alchemical equipment?

Here it is, in a free copy of the picture taken from the, IIRC, 16th century copy in the Ferguson collection in Glasgow University:

Here it is, in a free copy of the picture taken from the, IIRC, 16th century copy in the Ferguson collection in Glasgow University:

Alchemical Emblems, Occult Diagrams, and Memory Arts: 20 Books to get started in alchemical studies

Jonathan Saha: The Imperial Science of Hypnotic Adverts

The Champlain Society: Listening through the Séance Trumpets: A Strange History of Communications in Canada

BOOK REVIEWS:

Claes Johnson on Mathematics and Science: Tragedy of Modern Physics: Schrödinger and Einstein, or Quantum Mechanics as Dice Game?

Occam’s Corner: Water Surprise: The Water Book Reviewed

New Scientist: Case of the Rickety Cossack reveals unease about our fossil past

Science, Technology and Society: Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World

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JHI Blog: Meredith Ray, Daughters of Alchemy

New Scientist: Einstein and Schrödinger: The price of fame

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Teaching the Revolution

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Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry: Jenkin’s “Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness”

Science Direct: The forgotten man of DNA

The Washington Post: Behind the making of a super bomb

New Books in Biblical Studies: Tom McLeish Faith and Wisdom in Science

Science Book a Day: Kevin Orrman-Rossiter Reviews The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon

Science Book a Day: It Began With Babbage: The Genesis of Computer Science

JHI Blog: Long Vacations: Big Histories

New Scientist: The whole hog: Unpacking our love-hate relationship with the pig

The Catholic World Report: Galileo was Right – But So Were His Critics

Byrne’s Blog: book review: before the industrial revolution

NEW BOOKS:

The Linnean Society: The Curious Mister Catesby – Book Launch

Brepols Publishers: Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Digital Approaches

The Dispersal of Darwin: The Griffin and the Dinosaur

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Profile Books: Life’s Greatest Secret

Historiens de la santé: Healing Words: The Printed Handbills of Early Modern London Quacks

ART:

World of Wallace: Exhibition Alfred Russel Wallace Collection Chelmsford Museums, 6 June – 19 July:

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: Held Exhibition, London, 30 May 2015 – 21 August

Bournemouth University: BLAST: Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, 30 May – 20 June

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-80, Open until 26 July:

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: Last Days: Alchemy and the Laboratory, Open until 7 June:

AreByte London: Last Days: The Microbial Verdict: You Live Until You Die, , Open until 06 June:

Florence Nightingale Museum: The Kiss of Light, Open until 23 October 2015:

THEATRE AND OPERA:

Swansea City Opera on Tour: Faust, Opera by Charles-François Gounod June 3

Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

The Drayton Arms Theatre, London: Chamber Musical by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill The Theory of Relativity

National Theatre, London: The Hard Problem. A play by Tom Stoppard

Playing until 27 May 2015

The Guardian: Science on stage: should playwrights respect history and truth?

IEEE Spectrum: The Demo, a Musical About the Mouse

FILMS AND EVENTS:

Symetry Movie.com: Symmetry. A dance and opera film in collaboration with CERN

The Royal Society: Mendel’s Legacy. Celebrate 150 years since Mendel’s lectures

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, June 2

Wellcome Collection: Bernard Spilsbury: Forensic Pathologist 6 pm – 7 pm, June 4

MHS Oxford: From Crystals to Atoms. How did Henry Moseley investigate atoms using x-rays and crystals? June 7

Fine Books & Collections: Waterloo and More at 36th London Map Fair 6-7 June 2015

Taylor’s World: Conference: Celebrating the achievements and legacy of Frederick Winslow Taylor 24-25 September 2015

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Wellcome Library: Dr Jenner Performing His First Vaccination, 1796 Oil painting by Ernest Board

National Gallery: Joseph Wright: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768, oil-on-canvas, 

TELEVISION:

BBC Four: Inside the Medieval Mind. Knowledge

BBC Four: The last Explorers: John Muir

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Ri Channel: Christmas Lectures 1980: Max Perutz – Haemoglobin: The breathing molecule

Torch: Leviathan and the Air Pump: Thirty Year On

Youtube: The Royal Society: Science stories – controversy

Youtube: The Trowelblazers Channel

Youtube: John von Neumann Documentary

archive.org: Librarian, The (1947)

Youtube: The Royal Society: Science Stories

Graftoniana: Conference Program and Videos

Youtube: Fossil

Youtube: “Dum docent discunt”: vernacular pedagogy in medieval astronomy

RADIO:

BBC: Aryabhata: The Boat of Intellect

BBC: Science in Action: Exploring the State of Science in India (includes section on the history of science)

PODCASTS:

University of Oxford: Centre for the Study of the Book: Podcasts

CHF: Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind Past and Present

Triceratops: The Perils of Imagination: Why Historians Don’t Like Counterfactuals

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Royal Historical Society: CfP: Making ‘Big Data’ Human: Doing History in a Digital Age – deadline 20 June 2015

BSHS: 2015: Swansea: Registration and Programme

University of Strathclyde: Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare: Health, Healthcare and Society: Environment, Markets, Lifecycle and Location: Ten Years On’ 18–19 June 2015

Oral History Society: Oral histories of Science, Technology and Medicine: Royal Holloway, University of London 10-11 June 2015

Historiens de la santé: Conférence de Marie-Claude Thifault: Le branle-bas général à Saint-Jean-de-Dieu: Expérience de la désinstitutionnalisation, 1930-1976 03 juin 2015

Royal Society: “Archival Afterlives: Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern Scientific and Medical Archives” 2 June 2015

H-Histsex: CfP. Migration and Sexuality

British Academy/University of Warwick Interdisciplinary Workshop: Addiction and Culture since 1800 26 June 2015

King’s College London: Programme: Collections in Use: 6 July 2015

University of Durham: Lecture: Medical Ethics in 19th-Century Colombia

Royal Institution: Lecture: Hasok Chang, “If you can spray phlogiston, is it real?” 1 June 2015

Museum Boerhaave: Onthulling ‘nieuwe’ Leeuwenhoek-microscoop 2 Juni 2015

CRASSH: Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition 18-20 June 2015

University of Michigan: CfP: International Conference Scientific Utopias in Soviet Union

University of Valencia Instituto de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia López Piñero CFP: ASTRONOMY AND ASTRONAUTICS UNDER DICTATORIAL REGIMES 24–25 September 2015

American Society for Environmental History: Award Submissions

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP Deadline Extended: 2015 Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine University of Pennsylvania 16-17 October

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Edinburgh: Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow – History of Medicine

University of Leeds: New round of Wellcome/LHRI Postdoctoral Fellowships

University of Kent: Material World: Three PhD Studentships

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Centre for History in Public Health: New Research Fellow position available

University of York: History Department: Teaching Fellow in the History of Science and Medicine

University of Portsmouth: PhD Studentships

University of Aarhus: Associate Professorship in the History of Ideas (History of Science and Technology)

University of St. Andrews: Postdoctoral Researcher: Publishing the Philosophical Transactions

BSHS: Master’s Degree Bursaries

University of Leicester: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #48

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #48

Monday 18 May 2015

EDITORIAL:

Another seven days have sped by and we’re back again with the forty-eighth edition of Whewell’s Gazette your weekly #histSTM links list bringing you all the best of the last week’s histories of science, medicine and technology from around the Internet.

Beginning with our next edition the ‘we’ will no longer be the royal we as we have gained a new recruit to our editorial staff to help keep the owls in order. I am very pleased to welcome Anna Gielas, as our new Editor in Chief for History of Science and Entertainment. Anna is a doctoral student at the University of St. Andrews, who describes herself as a Wissenschaftsgeschichtshungrige! For those of you who don’t speak German that translate as a person who hungers for the history of science. I bet you didn’t know that German has a word for that!

Anna’s fine example of applying for and becoming an important post in our editorial team inspires us to say that if any other Wissenschaftsgeschichtshungrige would like to help in producing Whewell’s Gazette every week they would be more than welcome to join the team. I promise you don’t have to eat the same snacks as the owls.

I’m sorry to say that the next edition of Whewell’s Gazette will be in two weeks and somewhat shorter than usual, as at the beginning of next week I shall be in England burying my elder brother who died last Friday.

Under the circumstances I would like to dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to my brother John Christie (22 May 1945 – 15 May 2015) one of the first nine people to graduate in Britain with a degree in computer science.

This week saw an op-ed in The New York Times, It Is, in Fact, Rocket Science, written by Leonard Mlodinow on the use of mythical anecdotes in the history of science, his main point being neatly summed up in the paragraph below:

The mythical stories we tell about our heroes are always more romantic and often more palatable than the truth. But in science, at least, they are destructive, in that they promote false conceptions of the evolution of scientific thought.

This piece provoked quite a few comments and exchanges on Twitter, which I have collected without comment. If you wish to add comments on the article or these comments you are welcome to do so.

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I’m less offended than many by the general phenomenon of inspiring science stories, though, because narrative is powerful. If you want to communicate science to a broad audience, you’d be a fool not to try to tap into our fascination with great stories. The problem isn’t the use of stories and inspirational figures in promoting science; it’s the LAZY use of oversimplified stories. It’s perfectly possible to use stories about famous scientists in a responsible way, inspiring without deceiving– encourage that. – Chad Orzel

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The way to advance science is not to find a series of Einsteins & worship their brilliance. Science is collaborative & takes hard work. Yes, Einstein was smart. He was also in a physics PhD program at ETH Zurich, working with world experts. He didn’t spring from nothing. – Katie Mack

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The damage done by oversimplified narratives in pop histories of science. Argument works for other histories too, IMHO. – Rebecca Onion

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“Telling that this ‪@nytimes piece on oversimplified #histSTM narratives is written by a physicist not a historian”. – Ben Gross

“Why telling? What would a historian provide that a physicist cannot?” – Hank Campbell

Telling because it reinforces assumption that anyone can be a historian w/o formal training in the discipline. – Ben Gross

“A good point.“ – Hank Campbell

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“NYT op-ed on #histSTM simplifies to “history is complicated”” – Patrick McCray

“History is complicated. But science is also complicated. So complicated, in fact, that its history is best left to scientists!” – Ben Gross

“#WeinberStrikesAgain” – Patrick McCray

“Complications are complicated”. – Patrick McCray

“Not quite. Scientists didn’t correct the story about Darwin’s finches. Sulloway did”. – Gabriel Finkelstein

If only more scientists were aware of such examples when they set out to write/speak re: #histSTM. – Ben Gross

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“For some reason the media never asks historian of science to write about the history of science!!!“ – Thony Christie

“With a few exceptions (e.g.@HPS_Vanessa, @rebeccaonion, etc.) you’re right. Hopefully that will change. #histSTM – Ben Gross

“Maybe historians of science worry about (fear?) writing such op-ed pieces”. – Darren Hayton

“Do historians of science offer their expertise to media outlets? Physicists don’t shy away from it. Is their something about the culture in history of science that discourages media outreach?” – Darren Hayton

Quotes of the week:

“History is not written by the winners, it is written by the articulate.” – Ben Espen

“The first rule of anarchy club is that there is no first rule of anarchy club.” – @Swansontea

“If you marry a water nymph, she will acquire a soul. Otherwise she will die like a beast”. – Paracelsus h/t @senseshaper

For every mansplaining there’s an equal and opposite manshaming. – Liam Heneghan

“We are drawn to pyrotechnics, but history is made in the inner recesses of the mundane. We would do well to remember this. And to teach it”. – Michael Egan

“Stars are like animals in the wild. We may see the young but never the actual birth, which is a veiled and secret event” – Heinz R. Pagels

“If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything” – Fred Menger

“Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.” – Albert Camus”

Okay to encourage others to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But if you do, just remember, some people have no boots. – Neil deGasse Tyson

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring. – Wittgenstein

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that is a big mistake.” – Frank Wilczek

I’m increasingly thinking that I want to write my publications with my ‘blog voice’. I like it better and I think readers do, too. – Joanne Bailey

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight. –Francis Bacon

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” – Terry Pratchett

“They forced this invention of the devil upon me. Fortunately the thing has a knack of getting out of order” – Andrew Thomas Gage on the telephone 1910

“What a typewriter will do to a novice, the ribbon has gone on strike & has wound itself around the bowels of the machine in a most vicious manner” – E. Ray Lankester 1927

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. – Albert Einstein

Hofstadter’s Law: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”

Birthdays of the Week:

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach born 11 May 1752

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Source: Wikimedia Commons

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Embryo Project: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840)

Yovisto: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach and the Human Race

Blumenbach's five races. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Blumenbach’s five races.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Wonders & Marvels: Why Caucasian is a Dirty Word

Inge Lehmann born 13 May 1888

Inge Lehmann in 1932 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Inge Lehmann in 1932
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Trowelblazers: Inge Lehmann

Time: New Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Seismologist Inge Lehmann

Letters from Gondwana: Inge Lehmann

AMNH: Inge Lehman: Discoverer of the Earth’s Inner Core

True Anomalies: A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Figures from Inge Lehmann’s 1936 paper, P’, showing seismic wave signatures at many Danish stations. Source: True Anomalies

Figures from Inge Lehmann’s 1936 paper, P’, showing seismic wave signatures at many Danish stations.
Source: True Anomalies

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Philly.com: Testing Galileo’s artistic chops 400 years later

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: What did Bohr do at Los Alomos?

Ptak Sciene Books: Albert Einstein: Part Time Civil Servant

The Guardian: Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space

Occam’s Corner: The birth of soft matter physics, the physics of the everyday

Ansamed: Hittits-Egyptians, scientific cooperation 2000 years ago

Forbes: What Einstein Should Have Known

1001 Invention: 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham

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Teyler’s Museum: Rebound Trajectory

Skywatchers: Rose O’Halloran

AEON: In the beginning

teleskopos: Eighteenth-century eclipse maps by Halley and Whiston

Airspace Blog: Finding Pluto With the Blink Comparator

The National Museum of American History: Painting – Measurement of the Earth (Eratosthenes)

Perimeter Institute: General Relativity From A to Z

Tehran Times: Khayyam statue looking for apt location in United States

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Tennessee State Library and Archive: Free Exhibit Highlights State Library and Archives’ Vast Collection of Maps

British Library: Endangered archives blog: New online collections – May 2015

Public Domain Review: Maps from Geographicus

Eiland Ormus, of Jerun, engraved by Jacob Van der Schley under the supervision of J. Bellin for the c. 1750 edition of Provost's L`Histoire Generale des Voyages

Eiland Ormus, of Jerun, engraved by Jacob Van der Schley under the supervision of J. Bellin for the c. 1750 edition of Provost’s L`Histoire Generale des Voyages

Ptak Science Books: A Nearly-Blank Outline Map of the World

Ptak Science Books: World Map of the Geography of Homer

University of Southern Maine: Osher Map Library

Public Domain Review: Highlights from the 20,000+ maps made freely available online by New York Public Library

New York Public Library: The Great War and Modern Mapping: WWI in the Map Division

The battle fronts of Europe - Stanford's Geographical Establishment [1917]

The battle fronts of Europe – Stanford’s Geographical Establishment [1917]

 MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Medievalist.net: Abortions in Byzantine times (325–1453 AD)

Social History of Medicine: ‘A virtue beyond all medicine’: The Hanged Man’s Hand, Gallows Tradition and Healing in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century England

Dr Alun Withey: Unhealthy Beards? Denouncing Facial Hair in History

The Recipes Project: How to grow your beard, Roman style

Wellcome Library: Digitisation at the Royal College of Surgeons England

The Cullen Project: The Medical Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen

The Recipes Project: Wigging Out: Mrs Corlyon’s Method for extracting Earwigs From The Ear

Unidentified species of Earwig, order Dermaptera, possibly Forficulidae, by JonRichfield,Wikimedia Commons

Unidentified species of Earwig, order Dermaptera, possibly Forficulidae, by JonRichfield,Wikimedia Commons

Books Combined: Obsessions and olfaction: scent and the seduction of books

The New York Times: A Grisly Find Under a Supermarket Illuminates France’s Medieval Past

Medievalist.net: Why All the Fuss about the Body? A Medievalist’s Perspective

The Quack Doctor: The mysterious Doctor Du Brange

academia.edu: Health, Medicine and the Family in Wales c. 1600 – c. 1750 PhD Thesis Alun Withey

Genotopia: An early use of the term “precision medicine”

Slate Vault: A Depression-Era Medicinal Plant Map of the United States

“Medicinal Plant Map of the United States of America.” Edwin Newcomb and the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association, 1932.
David Rumsey Map Collection

The Guardian: Man who died 1,500 years ago may have brought leprosy strain to UK

Wonders & Marvels: Feeling Swinish: Or the Origins of “Pandemic”

Hektoen International: The arsenic eaters of Styria

History of Vaccines: History of Smallpox

Brought to Light: Country Joe McDonald’s Florence Nightingale collection will be preserved in UCSF Archives

My Wonderland.Mental Health Blog: The Rise of Psychiatry has Augmented the Rise of Madness through Medication

Dorset Echo: Help historians find stories from the asylum

Throb: There Was No Viagra in 1918. But There Was This Penis Splint

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Forbes: Julius Caesar’s Health Debate Reignited: Stroke or Epilepsy

Deathplaining: The Attritional Mortality Myth

TECHNOLOGY:

The New York Times: Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

Conciatore: The Neri Godparents II

Conciatore: The Neri Godparents III

Conciatore: The Neri Chapel

Vir History: Navy Radio Traffic Handling, Circuits, and Messages

Rhode Island Radio: Dedicated to the history of radio in Rhode Island

Smithsonian Libraries: Unbound: Durable Pianos

Ivers & Pond Piano Co., Boston, MA. Ivers & Pond Pianos, circa 1890, pages 32-33, Style 13, Ivers & Pond Small Parlor Grand Piano.

Ivers & Pond Piano Co., Boston, MA. Ivers & Pond Pianos, circa 1890, pages 32-33, Style 13, Ivers & Pond Small Parlor Grand Piano.

io9: The Illustrated History of Jet Packs

The New York Times: Moore’s Law Turns 50

Smithsonian.com: How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the World

CHF: Nylon A revolution in Textiles

Cornell University: Dawn’s Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography

O Say Can You See: The oldest microscope in the museum

Ptak Science Books: Bombing Subs with Exploding Birds, 1918

Tylers Museum: Bourdon type barometer

Barometer, Bourdon type or aneroid + case, F.W. Funckler Source: Teylers Museum

Barometer, Bourdon type or aneroid + case, F.W. Funckler
Source: Teylers Museum

Ptak Science Books: Hot Bunks and Cool Air in (All White?) Community Fallout Shelter

Auckland Meccano Guild: The Cambridge Meccano Differential Analyser

150 Great Things About The Underground: 37. The world clock at Piccadilly Circus

Engineering and Technology Wiki: Theordore Maiman and the Laser

Ptak Science Books: Unusual Questions 1: Are the London Bridges Too Far Apart? 1904

Linda Hall Library: Plates from Jacquard machine analysed and explained, by E.A. Posselt, 1892

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Inside the Science Museum: The Pegasus Computer

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Patheos: 11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam”

AIP:Expanding NBL&A resources to include meteorology

An Awfully Big Blog Adventure: “Mamma’s Kindness to Me”

The West Wales Chronicle: Special party treat for Garden Members

The Atlas of Living Australia: Over 10 million collections-based records on the Atlas

PBS: Alfred Wegener

The Junto: Natural Histories

BHL: Notes & News: Mars Invaders: The Wonderful World of Microfungi

Fig. 2. Symptoms and spore diversity of rust fungi from Rust, smut, mildew and mould: an introduction to the study of microscopic fungi. By M.C. Cooke and illustrated by J.E. Sowerby. London, 1898.

Fig. 2. Symptoms and spore diversity of rust fungi from Rust, smut, mildew and mould: an introduction to the study of microscopic fungi. By M.C. Cooke and illustrated by J.E. Sowerby. London, 1898.

Oxford Today: Award for 200 unbroken years of Oxford weather records

The Secret Library: Little Chunks of History

Sandwalk: James Hutton and John Playfair and a genealogical connection

University of Glasgow Library: An artistic reinterpretation of William Hunter

The New York Times: The Greatest Generation of Scientists

The Friends of Charles Darwin: John Stevens Henslow

Yovisto: Ilya Mechnikov and the Macrophages

Élie Metchnikoff (1845-1916)

Élie Metchnikoff (1845-1916)

microBEnet: Where does the term microbiome mean? And where did it come from? A bit of a surprise…

CHEMISTRY:

CHF: Justus von Liebig and Friedrich Wöhler

CHF: Where’s the Beef?

About Education: Who was the first chemist?

Chemistry World: All set for chemistry

Some of the earliest sets came in mahogany cases and were very expensive © Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

Some of the earliest sets came in mahogany cases and were very expensive © Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Szilard Commandments

The New York Times: Peter Gay, Historian Who Explored Social History of Ideas, Dies at 91

Living Anthropologically: Real History versus Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

CHF: Heritage Day Awards

Forbes: The Role of Philosophy in Physics

AHA Today: AHA Announces New Taxonomy of Historical Fields

Shady Characters: Pilcrows in the service of science: a Shady Characters field trip

Science Museum Group Journal: Issue 3 Spring 2015

The Mary Sue: Everyone, We Need to Talk About 17th-Century Badass Writer Margaret Cavendish

Wellcome Collection: The Catalogue for the Public Library of Private Acts

University of Glasgow Library: Glasgow Incunabula Project and exhibition update

The H–Word: Do snails have eyes? Seventeenth century ‘mythbuster’ and science communicator, Sir Thomas Browne, investigates

Sir Thomas Browne, taken from a copy of “Religio Medici” (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images), Photograph: UniversalImagesGroup/Getty Images

Sir Thomas Browne, taken from a copy of “Religio Medici” (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images), Photograph: UniversalImagesGroup/Getty Images

Vox: Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced it.

Wellcome Collection: Open Platform

Constructing Science Communities: People Powered Science

Open Culture: 6,000 Years of History Visualised in a 23-Foot-Long Timeline of World History, Created in 1871

Nautilus: The Trouble With Scientists

Girl, Interrupting: We’ve all got troubles (including Open Science Network)

The #EnvHist Weekly

University of Cambridge Museums: Innovation: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

The H-Word: Beware Eurosceptic versions of history and science

The Renaissance Mathematicus: History or political propaganda?

Notches: Inaugural Monthly Digest

The Guardian: 150 years of mathematics in the UK – in pictures

NY Book Editors: Inside an Edit: Non-Fiction Structural Changes

ESOTERIC:

distillatio: My alchemical demonstrations at re-enactment events

Ultraculture: 3 Ways to Become a ‘Magician’, by a 16th Century Alchemist

Natural Magick, by Giambattista della Porta

Natural Magick, by Giambattista della Porta

SV Educational Services: Medieval Alchemy – The Art and Science of Transmutation

BOOK REVIEWS:

Brain Pickings: Richard Feynman on Science vs. Religion and Why Uncertainty is Central to Morality

JHI: Practical Past, Runaway Future

Brain Pickings: Richard Feynman on the Universal Responsibility of Scientists

Science Book a Day: The Journals of Lewis and Clark

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Financial Times: ‘Scientific Babel: The Language of Science’ by Michael Godin

HNN: Why I wrote a Book About the Wright Brothers

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society: Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge

Nature: The man who bared the brain

History Today: Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England

Nature: In search of self and science

The Guardian: The Water Book by Alok Jha review – this remarkable substance

The Economist: A man for all seasons: Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes

Popular Science: How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth

academia.edu: Review – McLeish’s Faith and Wisdom in Science

Science Book a Day: The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Age

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Popular Science: Einstein’s Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity

The Washington Post: John Hemming follows three British scientists who made significant discoveries in the Amazon

NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Hippocrate et les hippocratismes: médicine, religion, société

University of Pennsylvania Press: Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature and Art

Historiens de la santé: La santé en guerre 1914–1918. Une Politique pionnière en univers incertain

University of Pittsburgh Press: The Crown and the Cosmos: Astrology and the Politics of Maximilian I

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THEATRE:

YouTube: The Royal Society: A dramatic experiment: science on stage

FILM:

The Guardian: Jane Hawking: “There were four of us in our marriage”

Facebook: John Farrell: Sungenis Admits His Movie Was a Flop, Promises More

TELEVISION:

BBC: Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Classical Confidential: Caesar’s Strokes and the Fate of an Empire

Science Dump: 10 of Tesla’s best ideas that prove he was the ultimate science bad ass!

Medievalist.net: Vegetables in the Middle Ages

Bohemcan Youtube Channel: Alchemy (Show One & Two)

YouTube: The Pegasus Computer

YouTube: Leading interdisciplinary research, Professor Tom McLeish

YouTube: Darwin on the evolution trail

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

Dr Alvin: The Most Trusted Name in Wisdom: Einstein’s Dice & Schrödinger’s Cats by Paul Halpern chats with Dr Alvin

Advances in the History of Psychology: New Books in STS Interview: Matthew Heaton’s Black Skin, White Coats

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Cambridge: Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meeting 15 June 2015

Museum for the History of Science Oxford: Exhibition: Dear Harry: Henry Moseley – A Scientist Lost to War 14 May–18 October 2015

Royal Society: People-powered science: Symposium: citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries

University of Manchester: Symposium: Stories About Science: Exploring Science Communication and Entertainment Media 4–5 June 2015

Morbid Anatomy: Daniel Rushkoff and the Narrative Lab! Alchemy Lecture and Workshop Series! History of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Arcane Media! Upcoming Events

University of Warwick: Gems in Transit: Materials, Techniques and Trade, 1400–1800 18-19 May 2015

Seton Hall University: The 2015 Biennial Conference of the Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830: CfP: Women in the Global Eighteenth Century 5-6 November 2015

University of Northampton: Masculinity and the Body in retain, 1500–1800 18 June 2015

Colloque de la SFHSH – Histoire des sciences humaines et sociales Paris, 5-6 novembre 2015

UCL: STS Research Day 2015 Programme

University of Manchester: CHSTM: Workshop: Medicines, Histories and Translations 11-12 June 2015

World Health Organization Global Health Histories: Online webinar: ‘Chemical and Biological Weapons’ 21 May 2015

University of Notre Dame: Locating Forensic Science and Medicine 24-25 June 2015

Caltech: Lecture: Andrew Hodges: “Alan Turing: An Individual of the Twentieth Century” 21 May 2015

University of Warsaw: The Tree of Knowledge: Theories of Science and Art in Central Europe, 1400–1700 28 May 2015

Maastricht University: CfP. Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine 26–27 November 2015

H-Histsex: Notches: CfP: Histories of Sexualities In Africa

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities: Workshop: University of Sheffield 10 June 2015

University of Durham: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2015 6–7 July

IET: Newcastle Discovery Museum: Conference: The history of power generation, distribution, utilisation and other engineering specialisms 6–7 June

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology 10-11 July 2015

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Astrology as Art: Representation and Practice 27-28 June 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Zurich: Two Postdocs in History of Medicine

University of Strathclyde: Lectureship in the History of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 2016-2017

MOSI: Fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship: The Rise and Fall of The Manchester Motor Industry, 1896–1939

University of Sussex: Sussex Humanities Lab Doctoral Research Scholarships (2015)

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: Part-time twelve-week Collections intern

University of Edinburgh: Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine

Smithsonian Institute: Museum Curator (Aeronautics)

University of York: Teaching Fellow in the History of Science and Medicine

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #47

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #47

Monday 11 May 2015

EDITORIAL:

You are feasting your eyes on the forty-seventh edition of your weekly #histSTM links list, Whewell’s Gazette, bringing you all of the best of the histories of science, medicine and technology scooped up by our every hungry editorial crew for you delectation.

 

The Whewell's Gazette Editorial Staff at Feeding Time

The Whewell’s Gazette Editorial Staff at Feeding Time

Following the debacle that was the British general election a group of historians has published a sort of manifesto in History Today under the name ‘Historians For Britain’, claiming that Britain’s exit from the EU would be justified on the basis of the fact that Britain’s history was unique when compared to its European neighbours.

As a British historian I personally object to this manifesto on several grounds. With what right does this group claim to speak for Britain? They speak for themselves with some extremely dodgy and largely incorrect arguments and not for Britain. For any group of historians to claim to speak on behalf of an entire nation is hubris of the highest order.

As a historian of science, who also dabbles in the histories of medicine, technology and mathematics, I must firmly state that also within Britain the histories of these disciplines have a complex intertwined international history that is in no way uniquely British and to try to claim otherwise would be to pervert history.

The Whewell's Gazette Editorial Policy

The Whewell’s Gazette Editorial Policy

Quotes of the week:

“To remain ignorant of history is to remain forever a child” – Cicero

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see” – Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Ancient history has an air of antiquity—it should be more modern. It’s written as if the spectator should be thinking of the backside of the picture on the wall, as if the author expected that the dead would be his readers” – Thoreau 1849

‘Life for us is not just the absence of death’. – Mary Midgley

“To err is human. To err repeatedly is research”. – @AcademicsSay

“It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise”. Wittgenstein

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies” – Groucho Marx

“But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience”. – Kant

The last man on earth walks into a bar. He looks into his beer and says, “Drink, I’d like another bartender.” – @fadesingh

“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family”. – Ram Dass

“Some peoples idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back that is an outrage” – Winston Churchill

“Science = search for Truth; Art = search for Beauty; Engineering = search for Good Enough” – @LeapingRobot

Birthday of the Week:

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin born 10 May 1900

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin at work

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin at work

True Anomalies: “So You Want to Do Research”

Yovisto: Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Composition of Stars

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

arXiv.org: Editing Cavendish: Maxwell and the Electrical Researches of Henry Cavendish

Drew ex machina: The Mission of Zond 2

Ptak Science Books: Napkins of the Apocalypse

Flamsteed Astronomy Society: William Christie and the Demise of the Royal Greenwich Observatory – History of Astronomy Group Meeting

Sir William Christie (no relation!) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sir William Christie (no relation!)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Huygens and Newton: 

Ptak Science Books: Dr. Lise Meitner, Fission, and Comic Books (1946)

Source: Ptak Science Books

Source: Ptak Science Books

academia.edu: The Birth of the Mexican National Astronomical Observatory

Ptak Science Books: The Four Seasons in Beautiful Astronomical Detail, 1851

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Ohm Sweet Ohm

The Ohm House in Erlangen Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Ohm House in Erlangen
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Pinterest: Section of the Earth on the Plane of the Equator

NPR: Dissolve My Nobel Prize Fast (A True Story)

Nautilus: The Data That Threatened to Break Physics

Planetarium Friesland

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

The Guardian: Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps

Bird's Eye View of New York Photograph: Public domain

Bird’s Eye View of New York
Photograph: Public domain

Wired: It Just Got Easier to see a Cool Historical Maps Collection

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Nautilus: The Man Who Beat HIV at its Own Game for 30 Years

NYAM: The Strange Case of Father Damien (Part 1 of 3)

Thick Objects: Between text and object: psychological tests as scientific artefacts

The Recipes Project: Bottoms up: beer as medicine

Front page of Van Lis’s 1747 Pharmacopea

Front page of Van Lis’s 1747 Pharmacopea

Atlas Obscura: Roosevelt Island Octagon Tower

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Robert Hooke and the Dog’s Lung: Animal Experimentation in History

Early Modern Medicine: Dead Useful

NYAM: Sigmund Freud on War and Death

 

The Public Domain Review: Scurvy and the Terra Incognita

Page from the journal of Henry Walsh Mahon showing the effects of scurvy, from his time aboard HM Convict Ship Barrosa (1841-2)  Source: Wikimedia Commons

Page from the journal of Henry Walsh Mahon showing the effects of scurvy, from his time aboard HM Convict Ship Barrosa (1841-2)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Concocting history: Nursing dolly

Remedia: On the Trail of Medicines at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Providentia: The Addicted Surgeon

 

NYAM: The Good Man of Religion (Part 2 of 3)

Advances in the History of Psychology: The Anatomist, The Alienist, The Artist & changing expressions of madness in Victorian Britain

Concocting History: Ode to Laudanum

TECHNOLOGY:

Conciatore: Glass from Tinsel

Magic Transistor: Louis Poyet, Abbé Rousselot’s Apparat für Aufzeichnung der Sprache, 1890

Louis Poyet, Abbé Rousselot’s Apparat zur Aufzeichnung der Sprache, 1890.

Louis Poyet, Abbé Rousselot’s Apparat zur Aufzeichnung der Sprache, 1890.

Blog.Castac.org: Nothing Special: Standards, Infrastructure, and Maintenance in the Great Age of American Innovation

Yovisto: You Press the Button and We Do the Rest – George Eastman revolutionized Photography

Ptak Science Books: Pig Iron vs. the Eiffel Tower

Brain Pickings: Berenice Abbott’s Minimalist Black-and-White Science Imagery, 1958–1960

Bloomberg: Ancient Greek Technology Tests Musk Batteries on Storage

 

Yovisto: Oskar von Miller and the Deutsches Museum

Oskar von Miller (1855-1934)

Oskar von Miller (1855-1934)

 

Atlas Obscura: Coltsville, USA: Inside America’s Gun-Funded Utopia

The Last Word: Compute! No, Mr Bond, I Expect You to Die!

Sate: The Eye: The Locksmith Who Picked Two “Unbeatable” Locks and Ended the Era of “Perfect Security”

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Slate: Audubon’s Animals of 19th-Century North America, Newly Available for Hi-Res Download

The Atlantic: The Scientist Who Told Congress He Could (Literally) Make It Rain

Embryo Project: Nettie Maria Stevens (1861–1912)

Ptak Science Books: A Beautiful Regression (1877)

Gizmodo: The Second Life of America’s Only Rare Earth Mine

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Palaeoblog: Born This Day: Elkanah Billings

Forbes: Thoughts on a Pebble and an Introduction

Conciatore: Pebbles from Pavia

Stamen Design: Diving into ecosystem data with Berkeley’s Ecoengine and interfaces from Stamen

 

Orthmeralia: These pepper plants sure look good!

All Things Georgian: Gilbert Pidcock’s travelling menagerie

Courtesy of the British Museum, 1799

Courtesy of the British Museum, 1799

The History of the Earth Sciences: Volume 34 Issue 1 2015 Table of Contents

AEON: Still seeking omega: The Vatican still refuses to endorse evolutionary theory – setting a billion believers at odds with modern science

Slate Vault: An Early-19th-Century Scientist’s Close-Up Portraits of Pollen

Linda Hall Library: John Collins Warren – Scientist of the Day

British Library: Online Gallery: Diagram of seasons, In Isidore, De natura reum

CHEMISTRY:

Reality Sandwich: Francis Crick, DNA &LSD

John William Draper – Chemist and Photo Pioneer

John William Draper (1811-1882)

John William Draper (1811-1882)

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Chronologia Universalis: A Ramist Postscript

Graftoniana: A Visual Chronology

The Getty Iris: Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) Released as Linked Open Data

The New York Times: The Conference Manifesto

The Atlantic: The Questions People Asked Advice Columnists in the 1690s

Google Books

Google Books

The Guardian: Alan Hall: a leading light in cell biology goes out

Geological Journal: Special Issue: Pleistocene on the Hoof: Table of Contents

The New York Times: Alexander Rich Dies at 90; Confirmed DNA’s Double Helix

UiO: Design history provides clues about the future

Bustle: 7 Horribly Sexist Moments in STEM History, Because Old Habits Die Hard

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Science Museum Group Journal: 03 Current Issue Spring 2015 Contents

Edge: Popper Versus Bacon

The #EnvHist Weekly

Caroline’s Miscellany: Stationers’ Hall

Stanford.edu: Athanasius Kircher at Stanford

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Wallace Talks: Audio and Video

Athene Donald’s Blog: On the Loss of a Giant

Conciatore: The Neri Godparents

Scientific American: Physicists Are Philosophers, Too

academia.edu: Book Lists and Their Meaning – Malcolm Walsby

Greg Jenner: A Million Years in a Day – Bibliography

ESOTERIC:

distillatio: Alchemy and Astrology – something I read

BOOK REVIEWS:

Notches: The Modern Period: Menstruation and the History of Sexuality

Brain Pickings: The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: The Extraordinary Edible Record of Two Women Explorers’ Journey to the End of the World

Notches: A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru

Oxford Journals: Diplomatic History: Space History: The Final Frontier?

Brain Pickings: Einstein, Gödel, and Our Strange Experience of Time: Rebecca Goldstein on How Relativity Rattled the Flow of Existence

Dissertation Reviews: Japanese Nanban World Map Screens

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Herald Scotland: Laura J Snyder Eye of the Beholder

Brain Pickings: Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why they Appeal to Us

Brain Pickings: When Einstein Met Tragore: A Remarkable Meeting of Minds on the Edge of Science and Spirituality

Morbid Anatomy: Morbid Anatomy Library New Arrival: “The Dead” Jack Burman

The Baptist Times: Faith and Wisdom in Science

NEW BOOKS:

Amazon.com: Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary

Wellcome Collection: Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in human being

 

Historiens de la santé: Préface des Tabulae anatomicae sex

THEATRE:

FILM:

iO9: Isaac Newton’s War With a 17th Century Counterfeiter Should Be A Movie

Isaac Newton Source: Wikimedia Commons

Isaac Newton
Source: Wikimedia Commons

TELEVISION:

CUNY Television: One to One: Laura J. Snyder: Author, “Eye of the Beholder”

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

YouTube: Revelations: New Vision with Ben Burbridge

YouTube: Prague Alchemy (Episode 1&2)

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Rediscovery Channel: Translations into Latin

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Bodleian Libraries, Oxford: Symposium: Space, place and landscape in the history of communications 16 June 2015

University of Durham: Workshop: Climate Science, Values & Politics 28 May 2015

University of Durham: How to do Things with Fur: Medieval Art and the Matter of ‘the Animal’ 19 May 2015

Occult Minds: CfP: Aries Special Issue on Esotericism and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Intoxicants & Early Modernity: CfP: RSA Boston 2016 Intoxicants and Early Modernity

Royal Historical Society: CfP: Teaching History in Higher Education

Natural History Museum at Tring: Temporary Exhibitions at Tring: Myths & Monsters 6 May–6 September 2015

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University of Oxford: Émilie du Châtelet Study Day 14 May 2015

Émilie du Châtelet Portrait by Maurice Quentin de La Tour Source: Wikimedia Commons

Émilie du Châtelet Portrait by Maurice Quentin de La Tour
Source: Wikimedia Commons

CASSH: Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition 18 June–20 June 2015

Royal Society: People-powered science: citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries 21 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: MET Science Communication Officer

Science Museum: Two-Year Postdoc in History of Nuclear Industry

University of Strathclyde: PhD Studentship in Naval/Technological History

UCL: STS: PhD Studentship “Charles Blagden and Banksian Science, 1770–1820”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #46

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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Volume #46

Monday 04 May 2015

EDITORIAL:

You are feasting your eyes on the forty-sixth edition of Whewell’s Gazette your weekly #histSTM links list bringing you all the best in the histories of science technology and medicine out of the Internet over the last seven days.

We all have a vague idea that technology is somehow socio-politically neutral. Machine, tools etc. have no feelings and so are free from all forms of prejudice but is the really true? Think how many tools and appliances are designed to be used by right-handed people causing left-handed people all sorts of problems and stress. The most visual example being Jimi Hendrix, possibly the greatest rock guitarist ever, playing a right-handed guitar upside down. These days any reasonably sized town has a left-handed shop supplying all sorts of everyday tools and gadgets for the left-handed minority.

But racism, is it possible for technology to be racist. There is a famous episode known to jazz fans concerning the electronic instrument the Theremin. For reasons that I forget the Theremin doesn’t work for some people and unfortunately one of those people was the black jazz keyboarder, and eccentric, Sun Ra, who was a big fan of the early electronic instruments. After seeing and hearing it demonstrated and then being frustrated by his own failure to produce a sound out of the Theremin, Sun Ra declared the instrument to be racist!

It’s almost impossible to suppress a wry smile at the image of the great Sun Ra condemning a machine as racist but it turns out to be no laughing matter that colour photography is really racist. Colour film and colour cameras are optimised from white skin tones with the result that it is very difficult with colour film systems to depict black people properly. To learn more read the following articles. For me this opens up the question, are there other forms of prejudiced technology?

Priceonomics: How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Colour

Youtube: Ha ha ha HP Computer’s face tracking camera doesn’t recognize black people

NPR: Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remains in Photography

Colossal: Dreamlike Autochrome Portraits of an Engineer’s Daughter From 1913 Are Among the Earliest Color Photos

 Christina O'Gorman 1913 Photo: Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958)

Christina O’Gorman 1913
Photo: Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958)

Quotes of the week:

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – Bill Murray

“The second most important job in the world, second only to being a good parent, is being a good teacher.” – S.G. Ellis

“To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.” – Aristotle

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

‘…a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance’ – Terry Pratchet

“We live in a culture where we don’t embrace failure.” How will you know your strengths w/o exploration – Deborah Berebichez

“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing. ”― Gertrude Stein

“If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.” – Thomas Hardy

“The problem with straining at gnats is that it increases the chances of swallowing camels”. – John D. Cook

“I hate travelling & explorers…adventure has no place in the anthropologists profession.” – Claude Lévi-Strauss

“Only a man who sees giants can ever stand upon their shoulders.” – @fadesingh

“People will mock religion as a fantasy for those who won’t face reality, but think building warp drive is just a matter of can-do spirit”. – Sean M Carroll

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Corpus Newtonicum: Why? You endeavoured to embroil me with women

Brain Pickings: Einstein on the Common Language of Science in a Rare 1941 Recording

NPR: Hubble’s Other Telescope and the Day it Rocked Our World

The Hooker 100-inch reflecting telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, just outside Los Angeles. Edwin Hubble's chair, on an elevating platform, is visible at left. A view from this scope first told Hubble our galaxy isn't the only one. Courtesy of The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

The Hooker 100-inch reflecting telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, just outside Los Angeles. Edwin Hubble’s chair, on an elevating platform, is visible at left. A view from this scope first told Hubble our galaxy isn’t the only one.
Courtesy of The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

This Day in History: 4977 Universe is created, according to Kepler

Forbes: Einstein: A Radical, But Not A Rebel

PDF Books for Free: Great Astronomers: Galileo Galilei by Sir Robert S. Ball (1907)

Ri-Science: Erwin Schrödinger coined the term ‘wave mechanics’ (or Wellenmechanik) on this day in 1926 in a letter to Albert Einstein.

MIT News: 3 Questions: Marcia Bartusiak on black holes and the history of science

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Unsung? I hardly think so.

Lise Meitner und Otto Hahn im Labor, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Chemie, 1913 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lise Meitner und Otto Hahn im Labor, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Chemie, 1913
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Optics & Photonics: Charles Hard Townes: The Second Half-Century

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Myfanwy Pritchard-Roberts’ Interview

UC San Diego: Digital Collections: Leo Szilard and Aaron Novick Research Files

UC San Diego: Digital Collections: Leo Szilard Papers

The H-Word: Halley’s Eclipse: a coup for Newtonian prediction and the selling of science

Astrogeo.oxfordjournals.org: Halley and his maps of the total eclipses of 1915 and 1724

Ptak Science Books: Gorgeous Gearworks – a Model of the Solar System, 1817

“Planetary Machines, the New Planetarium for Equated Motions by Dr. Pearson”. London, for Rees’ Cyclopedia, 1817; 8×10″.
Source: Ptak Science Books

Ars Technica: Scanning meteorites in 3D may flesh out solar systems origin story

AIP: Oral History Transcript – Dr. Steven Weinberg

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Board of Longitude Project Blog: Thomas Earnshaw’s troublesome chronometer

Marine chronometer no. 512, by Thomas Earnshaw, about 1800 (National Maritime Museum ZAA0006)

Marine chronometer no. 512, by Thomas Earnshaw, about 1800 (National Maritime Museum ZAA0006)

Viatimage: Image database of expeditions into the Alps.

The Guardian Maps: The Guardian view on reading maps: so much more than navigation

National Library of Scotland: Map images

Cambridge Digital Library: Longitude Essays: Artificial Horizon

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Fiction Reboot: Daily Dose: MedHum Mondays Presents: The Application of a Surgeon’s Operating Case

Nautilus: The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze

Duke Today: Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities: Can you guess how these medical devices were used?

Lancet Psychiatry: Cutting the body to cure the mind

Doctor performing ovariotomy (London, 1882) The National Library Of Medicine

Doctor performing ovariotomy (London, 1882)
The National Library Of Medicine

Diseases of Modern Life: Introducing the India Office Medical Archives Project

Medievalist.net: Project to compare health of Londoners from medieval and industrial eras

Wellcome Library: Thalidomide: an oral history

CHoSTM: One Hundred Years of Health: Changing Expectations for Ageing Well in 20th Century America

Inside the Science Museum: Richard Liebreich’s Atlas of Ophthalmoscopy

V0010407EL The eye, as seem through a microscope

RCP: Swiney Cups

TECHNOLOGY:

Conciatore: Eyes of the Lynx

Yovisto: Wallace Hume Carothers and the Invention of Nylon

Ptak Science Books: The Understated Announcement of Bell’s Telephone Patent, 1876

Ptak Science Books: Establishing the (Royal) Aeronautical Society, 1866

Spaceflight Insider: Women in Space: In The Beginning

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space during the Vostok 6 mission, which lifted off in June 1963. Photo Credit: Commons / Ria Novosti

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space during the Vostok 6 mission, which lifted off in June 1963. Photo Credit: Commons / Ria Novosti

The Royal Society: Interface: Invention as a combinatorial process: evidence from US patents

IEEE Spectrum: Mildred Dresselhaus: The Queen of Carbon

Ptak Science Books: Feeling and Touching Calculated Numbers in the 18th Century: Palpable Mathematical Devices

Conciatore: Washing Molten Glass

Washing, sorting and carrying cullet Denis Diderot 1772

Washing, sorting and carrying cullet
Denis Diderot 1772

IEEE Spectrum: The Murky Origins of “Moore’s Law”

IEEE Spectrum: Moore’s Law Milestones

XPMethod: Unidentified Found Object (UFO)

Ptak Science Books: Quite Images of Great Loses and Heroism – British Navy Losses, 1945

Gizmodo: Why is the Paper Clip Shaped Like It Is?

The 1640’s Picture Book: Anima’dversions of Warre

Ptak Science Books: Episodes in the History of Dropping Things – Baby Bombs, Bomb Babies and Dropping Women on Manhattan

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Ptak Science Books: A One-Line Entry into the Computer Revolution: the Transistor, 1949

Conciatore: Scraping the Barrel

Teylers Museum: Horse Mill

Ptak Science Books: An Extremely Early Computer Program for the BINAC, 1949

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Strange Science: Earth Sciences

The Independent: The science of weather forecasting: The pioneer who founded the Met Office

Yovisto: Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki

Wallace Letters: The A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project’s Transcription Protocol

The Unz Review: Vignettes of Famous Evolutionary Biologists, Large and Small

Facebook: On 27 April 1806 Moehanga Discovered Britain

Letters from Gondwana: Alcide D’Orbigny and the Beginnings of Foraminiferal Studies

Alcide Dessalines d’Orbigny , 1802.  Source: Wikimedia Commons

Alcide Dessalines d’Orbigny , 1802.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Arcadia: The Great Fear: The Polesine Flood of 1951

Embryo Project: The Pasteur Institute (1887– )

Yovistro: The Works of Lord Avebury

Embryo Project: Wilhelm His, Snr. (1831–1904)

Yovisto: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Neurons

NCSE: Darwin’s Pallbearers, Part 2

Embryo Project: Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860–1948)

Geschichte der Geologie: Strukturgeologie und Mittelalterlicher Bergbau

Die Schiener bei der Arbeit, Miniatur aus einer Grubenkarte aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Zu seinen Arbeitsgeräten gehörten Schnüre, Stäbe, Hängekompaß, Setzkompaß, Klinometer, Abstechen (Winkelgerät) und Quadrant.

Die Schiener bei der Arbeit, Miniatur aus einer Grubenkarte aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Zu seinen Arbeitsgeräten gehörten Schnüre, Stäbe, Hängekompaß, Setzkompaß, Klinometer, Abstechen (Winkelgerät) und Quadrant.

Yovisto: Vito Voterra and Functional Analysis

CHEMISTRY:

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Harold C. Urey: Science, Religion, and Cold War Chemistry

After helping create the atom bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, Harold Urey focused on uncovering the age and origins of Earth and the solar system. In this 1951 photo Urey inspects a 'fossilized thermometer' of belemnite (a prehistoric squid-shaped creature). Urey used information from these fossils to estimate the temperature of oceans from as far back as 100 million years. (USC Digital Library)

After helping create the atom bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, Harold Urey focused on uncovering the age and origins of Earth and the solar system. In this 1951 photo Urey inspects a ‘fossilized thermometer’ of belemnite (a prehistoric squid-shaped creature). Urey used information from these fossils to estimate the temperature of oceans from as far back as 100 million years. (USC Digital Library)

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Hooke’s Books

CELL: Hooke Folio Online

The Stute: Was I Wrong about “The End of Science”?

The Atlantic: What Was the Worst Prediction of all Time?

Social History of Medicine: Vol. 28 Issue 2 May 2015: Table of Contents

Edge Effects: Why Our Students Should Debate Climate Change

Huff Post: Debunking the Myths of Leonardo da Vinci

FaceBook: Isis Journal: Imogen Clarke interview

ISIS: Table of Contents: Vol. 106 Issue 1 March 2015

Vox: Why Oliver Sacks was so ambivalent about becoming a bestselling author

Neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks. His new memoir, On The Move, grapples with the tension between being a media personality and a physician. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks. His new memoir, On The Move, grapples with the tension between being a media personality and a physician.
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The Washington Post: Philosophy’s gender bias: For too long, scholars say, women have been ignored

The Conversation: Reducing science to sensational headlines too often misses the bigger picture

JHI: Dispatches From the Republic of Letters

Oxford MHS: Newsletter May 2015

teleskopos: Real, replica, fake or fiction?

Nature: A view from the bridge: Metaphor and message

The #EnvHist Weekly

Slate: Science Needs a New Ritual

Nautilus: The Big Bang is Hard Science: It is also a Creation Story

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Object as Subject

Faith and Wisdom in Science: Can Science be more like Music? An Experiment with Light and Song

Leonardo: Codex Madrid

ESOTERIC:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Sun News Miami: Newton and Empiricism

Maclean’s: Einstein’s beef with Schrödinger

Notches: Classroom Wars and Sexual Politics: An Interview with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Kestrels and Cerevisiae: Book Thoughts: Pauly’s Controlling Life

The New York Times: ‘Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat’, by Paul Halpern

The Wall Street Journal: The Half-Life of Physicists

British Journal for the History of Science: Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology

New Scientist: The Least Likely Man celebrates a genetic-code-breaking genius

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The New York Review of Books: Revelations from Outer Space

New Scientist: Scientific Babel: Why English Rules

NEW BOOKS:

THEATRE:

The Royal Society: A dramatic experiment: science on stage 11 May 2015

Oppenheimer production photos 2014: Photo by Keith Pattison c RSCRsC

Oppenheimer production photos 2014: Photo by Keith Pattison c RSCRsC

FILM:

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Under the Knife: Episode 8 – Corpse Medicine

The Public Domain Review: The Westinghouse Works (1904)

Youtube: Collider: JJ Thomson’s Cathode-ray tube

‘Fighting for the Vote: Science and Suffrage in World War I’ – Dr Patricia Fara

Vine: Science Museum: Difference Engine No. 2

RADIO:

BBC Radio 4: Archive on 4: The Language of Pain

PODCASTS:

Chemistry World: Acetylene

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Cambridge: HPS Dept: Workshop: Science and Technology in the Context of International Exhibitions 6 May 2015

Royal Museums Greenwich: Maritime Lectures Series: WW1: Three Sisters 7 May – 11 June 2015

Oriel College Oxford: 2015 Thomas Harriot Lecture: Dr Stephen Clucas 28 May

Monash University: CfP: Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text and Suffering 10-12 August 2015

University of the West of England, Bristol: Science in Public: research, practice, impact” 9-10 July 2015

Archives for London: Seminar: Science in the city: the archival life of Robert Hooke 7 May 2015

Freud Museum London: Exhibition: Early Scientific Discoveries: Freud the Physician 30 April–7 June 2015

The Royal Society: Conference: Archival afterlives 2 June 2015

LSE: Summer Workshop of HPPE: Economists from 1780 to 1980: Observing and configuring the economy 12 May 2015

University of Durham: The History of Thermodynamics and Scientific Realism Provisional Programme 12 May 2015

University of Regensburg: Conference: Will our journals go extinct? Further perspectives in scholarly publishing 9 June 2015

BSHS: Useful information about Swansea ahead of #BHSH15

The Recipes Project: Notches CfP: Sex, Food and History Round Table

University of South Carolina: CfP: Art, Anatomy, and Medicine since 1700

Courtauld Institute of Art: Leonardo da Vinci Society Annual Lecture: ‘Leonardo, Luca Pacioli and the Venetian Optic c. 1480-1510’ 8 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

The Mercurians, a Special Interest Group of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT): Pam Laird Research Grant

The School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds: Offers a variety of funding opportunities to support taught postgraduate study.

Society for Renaissance Studies: Postdoctoral and Study Fellowships

UCL:STS: PhD Programmes

University of London: Chair in the Understanding of the Humanities

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