Whewell’s Gazette: year2, Vol. #45

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

Year 2, Volume #45

Monday 20 June 2016

EDITORIAL:

 We have reached the summer solstice the middle point of the astronomical year and we have reached the forty-fifth edition in the Whewell’s Gazette #histSTM year bringing you a wide selection of the histories of science, technology and medicine gathered upp throughout cyberspace over the last seven days.

We live in a time where the utility of the humanities is being challenged on an almost daily basis; this was not always the case and is in fact a very recent development. In earlier times the interchange between the arts and the sciences was a commonplace and fully accepted phenomenon. On the British Art Studies web site there is an interesting combined history of art history of science study of just such a case from the eighteenth century under the title ‘Looking for “the Longitude”’.

Opening with an essay from Katy Barrett entitled, First Look, discussing a visual reference to the search for longitude in a Hogarth print the study is being extended and deepened everyday by a series of expert commentators amplifying different aspects of the topic.

British Art Studies: Looking for “the Longitude”:

First Look by Katy Barrett

Day 1: Response to figures 2 and 3 Katy Barrett

Day 2: Response to figure 4 Richard Dunn

Day 3: Response to figure 5 Rebekah Higgitt

Day 4: Response to figure 6 Katherine Parker

This is the latest development in what has been one of the best #histSTM research projects conducted in recent years, the Board of Longitude Research Project. The Board of Longitude was set up in the early eighteenth century and existed slightly more than one hundred years and was charged with task of supporting the search for a reliable method of determining longitude at sea. The board examined proposals, awarded research grants for promising efforts and monetary rewards for successful progress towards a reliable method. The Board’s records have been preserved and a research project was set up under the leadership of Simon Schaffer from Cambridge University and Rebekah Higgitt and Richard Dunn from the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The other researchers were postdocs, Alexi Baker and Nicky Reeves, doctoral students, Katy Barrett, Eoin Phillips and Sophie Waring, and for the final year Katherine McAlpine as engagement officer. The project ran from May 2010 till June 2015 and produced some truly excellent results.

As far as the public is concerned at the top of the list is the major exhibition in Greenwich, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, which the last time I looked was still touring the world, and the accompanying large format, beautifully illustrated book by Dunn and Higgitt, Finding Longitude. You can find a full and very impressive list of all the other exhibitions, books, papers and articles, doctoral theses, digital and broadcasts, conferences and workshops, lifelong learning events and school projects here.

With a separate grant Cambridge University Library digitised the complete Board of Longitude archives, which are now available online here.

In my opinion this whole project and the people who worked in it set standards for #histSTM research that anybody embarking on a #histSTM research project would be well advised to emulate.

Quotes of the week:

 “Never thought I’d say this but, I want my country back. My lovely, frustrating, tolerant, cynical, cultured, multicultural, funny country” – Tom Webb (@tomjwebb)

“Even idiots occasionally speak the truth accidentally” – Dorothy L. Sayers h/t @ferwen

“Murderous lunatics we may always have with us but murderous lunatics with AR-15 we really don’t have to tolerate” – Liam Heneghan (@DublinSoil)

“I’m sure Trump’s temper tantrums about the press will calm down once he’s elected Supreme Leader” – Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman)

Fucking Scary

“Dear young people. Please don’t let you’re future be stolen by mad old farts who want to return the country to an age that never existed” – Peter Davidson (@PeterDavidson5)

“In 1780, Ribright & Smith, Optical, Philosophical & Mathematical instrument makers in Bath, would ‘electrify’ persons for a shilling” – Alun Whithey (@DrAlun)

“I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability” – Oscar Wilde

“By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter” – Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Mathematics

Q: “How many philosophers does it take to ruin a dinner?”

A: “Well what do you mean by ‘ruin’?” – Ethicist for Hire (@ethicistforhire)

Would the Leave team settle for pulling out of Eurovision as a compromise? – History Scientist (@historyscientis)

“The quietness of his tone italicised the malice of his reply” – Truman Capote h/t @matthewcobb

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men” ― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator h/t @KaraWSwanson

Pascal Wager

[Dawkins leans out window.] “You there, boy, what day is it?” “It’s Christmas Day, sir!” “No it’s not. It is just a day. Faith is insanity” – Avery Edison (@aedison)

“Lycranthropy – man turning into a wolf but wearing cycle shorts” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

“Entomology is often perceived as a sub-discipline of zoology; somewhat ironic as most animals are insects” – (@realscienists)

“An early calculator is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all” (HT Mr J) – Brian Clegg (@brianclegg)

Reading an article that begins: “Much has been written on the Middle Ages; most of it has been negative” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

Einstein's advertisement for his private tutoring services in math and physics, including a free trial lesson h/t @phalpern

Einstein’s advertisement for his private tutoring services in math and physics, including a free trial lesson h/t @phalpern

Birthdays of the Week:

The Birth of Frankenstein 16 June 1816

Title page of first edition of Frankenstein, Volume I. Source: Wikimedia Common

Title page of first edition of Frankenstein, Volume I.
Source: Wikimedia Common

The Last Word on Nothing: Dr. Frankenstein’s Climate

The Public Domain Review: Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

The Guardian: What Frankenstein means now

Science Museum: The Creation of Frankenstein

James Clerk Maxwell born 13 June 1831

A young Maxwell at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is holding one of his colour wheels. Source: Wikimedia Commons

A young Maxwell at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is holding one of his colour wheels.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Royal Society of Chemistry: On this day in Chemistry June 13th

Thomas Young born 13 June 1773

Portrait of Thomas Young (1773–1829) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Thomas Young (1773–1829)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Len Fisher: History’s most boring scientist makes waves

Archive.org: A course of natural philosophy and the mechanical arts

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Yerkes Observatory staff, August 1916, from left (back row, standing): Stanley H. Hughes, Everett I. Yowell, Julius Lemkowitz, John A. Parkhurst, John Mellish, Clifford Crump, Max Petersen, Oliver J. Lee, Lloyd R. Wylie, Edwin Hubble, Edward Emerson Barnard, Edwin Brant Frost (Director), Francis Easton Carr, Francis P. Leavenworth, Storrs B. Barrett; (front row, seated) Esther Wendell, Mary Ross Calvert, Evelyn W. Wickham, Vera Gushee, Frances Lowater, Elise Johns, Mrs. Mellish's sister (unnamed). University of Chicago Photographic Archive

Yerkes Observatory staff, August 1916, from left (back row, standing): Stanley H. Hughes, Everett I. Yowell, Julius Lemkowitz, John A. Parkhurst, John Mellish, Clifford Crump, Max Petersen, Oliver J. Lee, Lloyd R. Wylie, Edwin Hubble, Edward Emerson Barnard, Edwin Brant Frost (Director), Francis Easton Carr, Francis P. Leavenworth, Storrs B. Barrett; (front row, seated) Esther Wendell, Mary Ross Calvert, Evelyn W. Wickham, Vera Gushee, Frances Lowater, Elise Johns, Mrs. Mellish’s sister (unnamed). University of Chicago Photographic Archive

AHF: Luis Alvarez

Spaceflight Insider: Our Spaceflight Heritage: Pioneer 10, First to Achieve Escape Velocity from the Solar System

Undark: Unsung: Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Daily Star Albany: Hammurabi’s Astronomers Tracked Jupiter and Record Planet’s Motion, 4000 Years Ago

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Louis Hemplemann Interview – Part 1

Chemistry World: Nicol’s prism

Scientific American: Ancient Documents Reveal Sunspots, Auroras and Other Solar Activity before Galileo

Museum Victoria Collections: Eclipse Expeditions from Melbourne Observatory

Time: The Manhattan Project Physicist Who Fought for Equal Rights for Women

Corpus Newtonicum: How to recognise a Newton library book in 60 seconds (Scenes from the Library of Isaac Newton, Part 1)

Lost in the Footnotes: J.J. Thompson and the Public Conflagration

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Mack Newsom’s Interview

Yovisto: The First Woman in Space – Valentina Tereshkowa

Tereshkova, skiing, 1964 RIAN archive 16350 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tereshkova, skiing, 1964
RIAN archive 16350
Source: Wikimedia Commons

SpaceWatchtower: 100 Years Ago: Connecticut Observatory Opens w/out Telescope!

Yesterday’s Island Today’s Nantucket: Invitation to Maria Mitchell from AAAS

The Atlantic: How Sexism Held Back Space Exploration

the scottbot irregular: [f-s d] Cetus

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

World Digital Library: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Moon of the Southern Sea

Yovisto: William Parsons and his Large Telescope

Yovisto: Alexander Friedmann and the Expanding Universe

atnf.csiro.au: Searching for the Astronomy of Aboriginal Australians

Brain Pickings: Ordering the Heavens: Hevelius’s Revolutionary 17th-Century Star Catalog and the First Moon Map

 

AHF: James Marshall

mikeoats.org: William Lassell (1799-1880) and the discovery of Triton, 1846

AHF: Aage Niels Bohr

Instruments

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Ptak Science Books: Visulizing Data: the Texas Newspaper Frontier in 1880

The Hakluyt Society Blog: Essay Prize Series part 4: European Conceptualisation of Southeast Asian Sexual Diversity, c. 1590–1640

Wales Online: The trend for grown-up colouring-in has been going on for 400 years – and the used to use maps of Wales

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The Guardian: A History of the 20th century in maps – in pictures

Yovisto: Sir Francis Drake’s discovery of Nova Albion

Atlas Obscura: Tall Travel Tales from 17th-Century Mexico, Mapped

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine: On View: Teaching watercolor of a leiomyoma in the uterus

Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine: On View:
Teaching watercolor of a leiomyoma in the uterus

 

Thomas Morris: The double monster

National Geographic: Phenomenon: The 19th Century Doctor Who Mapped His Hallucinations

Nautilus: The True Story of Medical Books Bond in Human Skin

Readers Digest: The heart hero who discovered the heartbeat

Dr Alun Withey: Nendrick’s Pill: Selling Medicine in Rural Britain

(Image from Google Books)

(Image from Google Books)

Science of Us: Diarrhea Is the Wartime Enemy No One Mentions

NYAM: The Legacy of Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Extraordinary Women: A Personal Look at Breast Cancer

Medical History: Volume 60 Numéro 03 July 2016: Soul Catchers: The Material Culture of the Mind Sciences: Table of Contents

Thomas Morris: Death from Peas

JHI Blog: Karl Philip Moritz and Oralism

Naomi Clifford: A broadside on Elizabeth Simmonds, who had a lucky escape from the dissecting table

Science of Us: The Tuskegee Experiment Kept Killing Black People Decades After It Ended

The New York Times: Did Infamous Tuskegee Study Cause Lasting Mistrust of Doctors Among Blacks?

Alice Dolan: Disability at the Foundling Hospital

STAT: 7 of the most gruesome medical devices in history

Graeco-Roman surgical instruments. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Graeco-Roman surgical instruments.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Thomas Morris: A case for Dr Bell

Calenda: Confiance et légitimité en information et communication de santé

Royal College of Physicians: Clinical neurophysiology: historical highlights

Museum of HSTM Leeds: Lecture 6. Midwifery Forceps

DailyHistory.org: What was the dominant medical sect in the United States during the 19th Century?

Thomas Morris: Occupation: glass and nail eater

Atlas Obscura: In the Early 1940s, the Red Cross Banned Black Blood Donors

A Surgical Demonstration (c.1700), oil on canvas by A. van der Groes

A Surgical Demonstration (c.1700), oil on canvas by A. van der Groes

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

Science Museum: Revealing the Real Cooke and Wheatstone Telegraph Dial

Ptak Science Books: Using Children and Shoes as Metaphors for Naval Strength ­ the Display of Quantitative Information Series

Conciatore: Thévenot Continues East

Dial “S” For Science: Mystery of Ancient Greek Device Solved

New York Times: The Ancient Greek Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy

Smithsonian.com: How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War

The company's early advertising claims boasted of many superlatives, including "always ready." (Corbis)

The company’s early advertising claims boasted of many superlatives, including “always ready.” (Corbis)

Forbes: These Ancient Artifacts – Like King Tut’s Dagger – Are Made From Alien Metals

JSTOR Daily: Why King Tut Had a Meteorite Knife

Smithsonian.com: This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Era

Atlas Obscura: John Muir’s Alarm Clock Desk

Science Museum: The watch that helped change lives

The Aviation History Online Museum: Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown

Wired: Birth of the Microphone How Sound Became Signal

io9: This six-story highway through Manhattan is a great lunatic moment in urban planning

Ptak Science Books: DIY Tank Model, 1917 (Full Text)

[Popular Mechanics, August, 1917, pg 307]

[Popular Mechanics, August, 1917, pg 307]

Whipple Library Books Blog: I is for Instruments

Yovisto: Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company

Electrifying the country house: Guest Post: Eating Electricity and Delivering India – Animesh Chatterjee

Hello World!: K&R: Where It All Began

Conciatore: Weights and Measures

Ptak Science Books: Mobile Maginot: Moveable Land and Floating Forts, 1940

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Mimi Matthews: A Brief History of Victorian Goldfish Globes and Goldfish-Hawkers

the many-headed monster: Riches, Poverty and Pollution: Living with Coal Smoke in Early Modern London

Science Blogs: Annie Maunder, der Schmetterling in der Sonne und die Sache mit der kleinen Eiszeit

Niche: Exploring Fish Introductions using GIS

TrowelBlazers: Beatrice de Cardi, OBE

Bestiarium: The shoulder horn of Dürer’s marvellous Rhinocerus – revealing a 501 year old mystery beast

Dürer's Rhinoceros Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dürer’s Rhinoceros
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Genetic Literacy Project: Scientists celebrate 100th anniversary of DNA double helix discovery [sic]

The Public Domain Review: Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

BLE: Louis A. Fuertes (Puerto Rican American Ornithologist & Artist)

Recipes Project: Picturing Seething Meat in the New World

Atlas Obscura: The Eccentric Father of Early American Taxidermy Practiced on Ben Franklins Cat

Science League of America: Even the Classics Can Surprise You

The Wire: A Brief History of the Earth: How it All Began

Yovisto: Barbara McClintock and Cytogenetics

Forbes: How Biology Pioneer Carl Linnaeus Once Tried to Classify Minerals

The Atlantic: RIP Bob Paine, A Keystone Among Ecologists

UW professor Robert T. Paine, 80, in his Kincaid Hall office, “has trained a thriving dynasty” of students. ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

UW professor Robert T. Paine, 80, in his Kincaid Hall office, “has trained a thriving dynasty” of students.
ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

History of Geology: Dante’s Inferno – The Geology of Hell

The Friends of Darwin: 18-Jun-1858: Wallace’s Bombshell

Scientific American: Laelaps: The Battle for the Bone War Beasts

Science: Rising temperatures and humans were a deadly combo for ancient South American megafauna

The Guardian: How Darwin’s view from his bedroom window ushered in a scientific revolution

Extinct Monsters: The Epistemological Challenge of Model Wales

Mimi Matthews: The Alligator in the Thames: Victorian Era Reports of Reptiles at Large

Chased by an Alligator, Reptiles and Birds, 1883.

Chased by an Alligator, Reptiles and Birds, 1883.

Forbes: How Animal Freakshows Helped the Science of Biology to Develop

Strange Science: Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire

flickr: BHL: The naturalists’ miscellany v.1

CHEMISTRY:

C&EN: Groovy chemistry: The materials science behind records

A cylinder made from Edison’s brown wax, which is actually more of a metal soap. Credit: Anna-Maria Manuel

A cylinder made from Edison’s brown wax, which is actually more of a metal soap.
Credit: Anna-Maria Manuel

CHF: Science, Protector of the Common Good

AHF: Jerome Karle

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

The Royal Society: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Discussion meeting issue ‘Major transitions in human evolution’ Table of Contents

Science Museum: Frankenstein: From literature to myth to bogey-man of science

The Indian Express: ICHR approves first project to map ancient India’s scientific achievements

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine: News of the Consortium June 2016

Oxford Brookes University: Student Profiles: Jane Freebody: MA History of Medicine

Now in the first year of her PhD specialising in the history of psychiatry, Jane reflects back on what made her first apply for an MA History of Medicine

Now in the first year of her PhD specialising in the history of psychiatry, Jane reflects back on what made her first apply for an MA History of Medicine

University of Surrey: Media Centre: University of Surry Professor and BBC Presenter receives Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Society of Physics Students: Week 1: Hitch, Hack, Home –It’s Off to Work I Go!

Wired: The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language

BioLogos: God and Science in America after Darwin

The #EnvHist Weekly

The Royal Society: Notes and Records: Fit for print: developing an institutional model of scientific periodical publishing in England, 1665–ca. 1714

The Guardian: ‘There’s no point being subtle about science. You have to bang them over the head with it’

ESOTERIC:

Disaster

The Case Book Project: Releases 10 and 11: Simon Forman’s guide to astrological medicine, Richard Napier’s casebooks 1610–1620 and 21 volumes of colour images

Academia: Establishing the Canon: George Ripley and his Alchemical Sources

BOOK REVIEWS:

Brain Pickings: Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel

Reviews in History: Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland

Popular Science: The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee

soundcloud: Guinevere Glasford – The Words in My Hand interview

Harpenden History: Cholera in Victorian England

Cover_for_Cholera_The_Victorian_Plague_s

Reviews in History: Rational Action: The Sciences of Policy in Britain and America, 1940–1960

Wire: New book surveys the early electronic music explorers of the UK

The Guardian: Dry Store Room No 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

 

NEW BOOKS:

The Orion Publishing Group: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Story of Our Genes

Historiens de la santé: A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern

Smithsonian Books: Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved

OUP: The Silk Road: A New History Valerie Hansen

9780190218423

Routledge: Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene

CUP: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An Alternative History of the Reformation

Historiens de la santé: Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome: Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

The Mary Rose: Mary Rose Museum re-opening on 20th July 2016

Marc Garrett: Curating Monsters of the Machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century

The Guardian: Engineering the World review – Ove Arup, the man who built modernity

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Digital Library: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Smithsonian.com: See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museum

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

St. Louis Central Library: Fantasy Maps Exhibit 11 June–15 October 2016

Oxford Thinking: Cook-Voyage collection goes on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Uzeeum: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January 29–31 July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Science Museum: Einstein’s Legacy

COMING SOON:  Bethel Museum of the Mind: The Weight of History 27 July – 18 November 2016 

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

New Line Theatre: Atomic 2-25 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies: 16 June 2016

Detroit Free Press: ‘Atomic’ produces lots of noise, little heat

ashpags on tumblr: Great Lady Astronomers of History …Come to Life!

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

EVENTS:

NYAM: Lecture: Up!: Manhood, Democratic Medicine, and Walt Whitman’s Secret Health Writings 18 July 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum: JSTOR presents: First Blood Transfusions: An Illustrated History 29 June

LSE: Lecture: Why Physics Needs Philosophy 17 July 2016

Nature: Medical research: Citizen medicine: Vaccination: Medicine and the Masses Hunterian Museum till 17 September 2016

The Guardian: Mothers of Invention: the women who pioneered electronic music London Southbank Centre 24–26 June

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Talk: Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh 9–13 August 2016

Center for the History of Medicine Harvard: Phineas Gage Event 23 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

 

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: One for the Road

Royal College of Physicians: Upcoming Events

Royal College of Physicians: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “London’s Plagues”

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

University of Utrecht: Descartes-Huygens Lecture by J.B. Shank on ‘Newtonian’ Mechanics in France around 1700

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – Free Walking Tours

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE:  MEDICAL STUDENTS AND MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN THE 1840S 25 June 2016

Museum of the History of Science: Observing the Observers 28 June 2016

Wellcome Collection: BSL Discussion: Ancient ills, ancient cures 23 June 2016

Coming soon: Wellcome Collection: Friday Late Spectacular: In Pursuit of Pain 1 July 2016

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Domenico Fetti: Archimedes

Domenico Fetti: Archimedes

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

WLRN: Miami – South Florida: The History of Science & Future of Technology

Open Culture: Soviet Inventor Léon Theremin Shows Off the Theremin, the Early Electronic Instrument That Could Be Played Without Being Touched (1954)

Youtube: Mechanical Computing: How the Pascaline Works

RADIO & PODCASTS:

soundcloud: The Royal Irish Academy: Science: The Scientific Collections of the Edward Worth Library – Elizabethanne Boran

Here & Now: Chad Orzel: Do Americans Know Enough About Science?

BBC Radio 4: The Unseen – A History of the Invisible

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 086: George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HSTM Network Ireland: International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Young Scholar Prize

ENVA, Amphithéâtre Blin: Appel à communications: Animalhumanité. Expérimentation et fiction : l’animalité au cœur du vivant 1er et 2 décembre 2016

New Bern NC: CfP: North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference 4–5 November 2016

Logis du Roy – Square Jules Bocquet – Amiens: Colloque: L’anatomie sans les arts ? Le corps en images à l’époque moderne 23 et 24 juin 2016

Christ’s College Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World (1400-1750) 3–4 April 2017

Irish Philosophy: Robert Boyle Summer School, Lismore Co. Waterford 23–26 June 2016

Villa Mirafiori, Rome: Conference: Building Theories, Hypothesis & Heuristics in Science

UCL: CfP. Second London Philosophy of Science Graduate Conference 1–2 September 2016 Deadline 4 July 2016

University of Durham: Conference: Evidence and Representation – Keeping Watch in Babylon: the astronomical diaries between science and history 24 June 2016

Society for U.S: Intellectual History: Conference: From the Mayflower to Silicon Valley: Tools and Traditions in American Intellectual History October 13-15, 2016

University of Lisbon: CfP: Third Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Issues 14–16 December 2016

Eä: CfP: for upcoming issues of Eä – Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies of Science and Technology is currently open Deadline 30 June Manuscripts accepted in Spanish, English and Portuguese

San Sebastian: Physics in the XII International Ontology Congress 3-7 October 2016

Westminster Quaker Meeting House: ‘A MANY-SIDED CRYSTAL’: THE QUAKER PHYSICIST & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, SILVANUS PHILLIPS THOMPSON (1851–1916) A Workshop to Mark the Centenary of his Death 16 September 2016

Notches: CfP: Histories of Disability and Sexuality

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science: CfP: Special Issue: Knowledge Transfer and Its Context

University of Chester: Symposium: Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 24 June 2016

University of Freiburg: Accidents and the State in the 20th Century

The Victorianist: CfP Reminder: The “Heart” and “science” of Wilkie Collins and His Contemporaries 24 September 2016 London

ICOHTEC Conference Porto: CfP: Early Career Scholars Workshop: Tension of Europe 1 August 2016

Society for Renaissance Studies: CfP: More than meets the page: Printing Texts and Images in Italy, 1570s–1700s

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science: CfP: “Ludwik Fleck’s Theory of Thought Styles and Thought Collectives – Translations and Receptions” Deadline 30 August 2016

HPDST: 2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

University of Bergamo: Workshop: Early Modern Galenism and Botany 24 June 2016

BSHS: Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

Académie Polonaise des Sciences, Paris: Colloque: Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique 20–21 Octobre 2016

St Anne’s College; University of Oxford: Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World 5–7 July 2016

King’s College London: From Microbes to Matrons: The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention 1-2 September 2016

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: CFP: Conference: HIV/AIDS Research: Its History and Future 13–16 October 2016

Australian Academy of Science: The Moran Award for History of Science Research

Florida Atlantic University: International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Summer Symposium 1–4 August 2016

University Of Belgrade: CfP: Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation-5 22–23 September 2016

Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick: CfP: Beauty and the Hospital in History 6–8 April 2017

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London: Conference: Telecommunications in the Aftermath of World War 1: Civilian and Military Perspectives 10 August 2016

University of Oxford: Summer School and Conference: Mind Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry 13–15 July 2017

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: CfP: Medical Humanities

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

University of Leeds: Round Table Discussion: “Victorians and History Writing Practices” Seminar: “Victorian Jesus: Imagining the Anonymous Author of Ecce Homo (1865)” 4 July 2016

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

 

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

 

University of Reading: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

 

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

Queen Mary University of London: Applications Invited for AHRC CDP with British Library: Hans Sloane’s Books Deadline 6 July 2016

University of Liverpool: Three postdoctoral job opportunities on ERC-funded project “Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, c. 1550-1700”

The Royal Institution: Freelance Science Presenter

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Internship in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

Lausanne: Appel à candidatures: Poste 50% histoire de la médecine à Lausanne

Queen Mary University of London: Lisa Jardine Doctoral Studentship

National Media Museum Bradford: Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol: #44

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

Year 2, Volume #44

Monday 13 June 2016

EDITORIAL:

We are rapidly approaching midsummers day and it is pissing with rain. To help you while away the time as you wait for summer to come here is the latest edition of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #hisSTM links list bringing you a rim full collection of the histories of science, technology and medicine that was made available on the Internet over the last seven days.

Owl Inspectorate Officer making annual editorial quality control

Owl Inspectorate Officer making annual editorial quality control

The Antikythera mechanism is with certainty one of the most fascinating artefacts in both the histories of science and technology. A badly corroded and initially almost unrecognisable collection of bronze gears or cog wheels in a wooden frame or box; it was initially recovered from a ship wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. It’s purpose or function remained a complete mystery for several decades and no real attention was paid to it before 1951 when the British historian of astronomy Derek J. de Sola Price became the first person to seriously examine it and to realise that here was something quite extraordinary.

Since de Sola Price’s initial examination the device has been subjected to a great deal of scrutiny and examination with numerous academic papers and less formal reports being published on its structure, date of manufacture and functions. It is now fairly clear that it was produce roughly 200 years BCE and that it is some form of astronomical calculator or analogue computer.

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – front) Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – front)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – back) Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – back)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On the 9 June The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project held a new public presentation of which there is a video on their website and which has been widely reported on, see the collection of links below. However I have followed this story with interest for a number of years and I can’t for the life of me see what new material of any real significance has been made public on this occasion or why it was done in such an overblown manner. Being of a cynical nature I can only conclude that the project is due for a funding review, an evil that all publically funded academic projects have to go through on a regular basis, and that this presentation was made to impress the money men. Be that as it may for those that were not previously aware of this extraordinary artefact or who wish to deepen they knowledge please help yourselves.

For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism (pictured) - named after the southern Greek island off which it was found - was a tantalizing puzzle. University of Athens professor Xenophon Moussas points at a possible reconstruction Source: The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism (pictured) – named after the southern Greek island off which it was found – was a tantalizing puzzle. University of Athens professor Xenophon Moussas points at a possible reconstruction
Source: The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project: Website

Smithsonian.com: The World’s First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortunes

The Public Opinion: Decade of labor reveals philosopher’s guide to the galaxy

The Daily Mail: Is this the world’s oldest computer? 2,100 year-old mechanical relic acted as an astronomer’s ‘guide to the galaxy’

mental_floss: 15 Intriguing Facts About the Antikythera Mechanism

CBC News: Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks

Universe Today: Mysterious Greek Device Found to Be Astronomical Computer

Gizmodo: The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

Independent: World’s oldest computer from 60 BC used to read stars and tell future, study reveals

IFL Science: A Decade of Work Has Decode this Ancient Greek Astronomy “Computer”

Quotes of the week:

“Farage is to sound reasoning & evidence what Sweeney Todd was to healthy eating” – Martin Shovel (@MartinShovel)

“Critical Thinking (n): The ability to look at a complex situation, evaluate many lines of evidence, and reach a conclusion I find congenial” – Chad Orzel (@orzelc)

“Donald Trump really is just the non-animated version of Eric Cartman: “You guys are all hella losers”” – Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ)

Parker Quote

“Today’s serious historical question- did bad handwriting in letters cause as much confusion as autocorrect does now?” – Backyard Alchemist (@guthrie_stewart)

“Teach someone a specific skill, & they’ll get a job. Teach someone to teach themselves skills, and they’ll get a lifetime of jobs”– Anon h/t @HPS_Vanessa

“The nature of the pneuma has always perplexed readers of Galenic theory, whose mystified ranks include Vesalius, Willis, Descartes” h/t Matthew Cobb

“The scientist explains the world by successive approximations” – E. Hubble h/t @AdamFrank4

 

“The brain is a muscle, and writing is like running – when you haven’t done it for a while it is difficult, painful and exhausting” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” – Mary Astell (1666–1731)

“It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100” – bananafanafofisa (@lisaxy424)

Birthdays of the Week:

 Francis Crick born 8 June 1916

Crick birthday cake

 

Why Evolution is True: Happy 100th birthday, Francis Crick (1916–2004)

Scielo Brasil: On the centenary of the birth of Francis H.C. Crick – from physics to genetics and neuroscience

The Guardian: Francis Crick portrait unveiled to honour breakthrough DNA work

Francis Crick’s 100th birthday: see his new portrait in @The Crick’s building

Francis Crick’s 100th birthday: see his new portrait in @The Crick’s building

Nobelprize.org: The Discovery of the Molecular Structure of DNA – The Double Helix

Letters of Note: A Most Important Discovery

Johannes Müller aka Regiomontanus born 6 June 1436

Johannes Regiomontanus, Woodcut Source: Wikimedia Commons

Johannes Regiomontanus, Woodcut Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The world’s first scientific press

Libraries: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Regiomontanus in the Nuremberg Chronicle

Giovanni Domenico Cassini born 8 June 1625

Giovanni Cassini (artist unknown) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Giovanni Cassini (artist unknown)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The real founder of telescopic astronomy

History of Europe in Space: Jean-Dominique Cassini: Astrology to Astronomy

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson born 9 June 1836

A 1900 portrait of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, LSA, MD (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) John Singer Sargent Source: Wikimedia Commons

A 1900 portrait of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, LSA, MD (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) John Singer Sargent
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Independent: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: 4 facts you should know about one of Britain’s most important feminists

Newsweek: Who Was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Why Is She a Google Doodle

nhe: Celebrating the legacy of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Soundcloud: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836–1917), first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson circa 1889 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson circa 1889
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Bulletin of the History of Medicine: Women Doctors and Lady Nurses: Class, Education, and the Professional Victorian Woman

Blue Plaques: Garrett Anderson, Elizabeth (1836–1917)

BP Anderson

John Dollond born 10 June 1710

John Dollond by Benjamin Wilson *mid to late 18th century Source: Wikimedia Commons

John Dollond by Benjamin Wilson *mid to late 18th century
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: John Dollond and the Achromatic Lenses

Dollond telescope

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Taking the colour out of light

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Forbes: No One, Not Even Newton or Einstein, Was The Muhammad Ali of Physics

AHF: Bernice Brode

America Pink: Zinaida Aksentyeva: Life

AHF: Robert S. Mulliken

S.R. Sarma: A Descriptive Catalogue of Indian Astronomical Instruments

The Royal Society: The Repository: War and planets

The Press: Historic telescope to be repaired

The Public Domain Review: Flowers in the Sky

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (Comet mit einem grosen Schwantz, 1401)

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (Comet mit einem grosen Schwantz, 1401)

Motherboard: Comets, Meteors, and Other Space Phenomena Depicted Over 1,000 Years

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Roslyn Robinson’s Interview

Voices of the Manhattan Project: David Hawkins’ Interview Part 1

The Catholic Astronomer: We Have Always Been Tiny

The Guardian: Sir Tom Kibble obituary

Dave’s Universe: Dr, John H. Eicher, 1921–2016

 

Nautilus: Why Physicists Make Up Stories in the Dark

University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection: In Praise of Small Instruments: J.S. Plaskett, the Physical Laboratory Workshop, and the Humble Resistance Box

AHF: William F. Lightfoot and the “Fat Man” Fireset

Yovisto: CERN and its Brilliant Minds

The Renaissance Mathematicus: How do we kill off myths of science zombies?

Portrait of Kepler by an unknown artist, 1610 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Kepler by an unknown artist, 1610
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Astronomical Institute: Slovak Academy of Sciences: Dr. Antonin Becvar

Whipple Library Books Blog: G is for Galileo and the tacit ‘Dialogues’

Asian Art: Jambudvipa and its Continents

Popular Science: A Brief History of Menstruating in Space

Finding Ada: Williamina Fleming: Star of Scotland

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), circa 1890s. (Courtesy Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard College Observatory.)

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), circa 1890s. (Courtesy Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard College Observatory.)

AHF: The Frank Report

AHF: Nicholas Metropolis

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Atlas Obscura: A 19th-Century Cartography Crammed All of Human History into this Map

Colton's full map from 1842.

Colton’s full map from 1842.

Bloomberg: French Maps From 1781 That Helped Free America to Be Auctioned

Ptak Science Books: A Good Example of a Bad Map, 1867

The Scotsman: Map: The 18th century territories of Scotland’s clans

David Stewart's map depicts the territories of the Highland clans in 1746-147. Picture: National Library of Scotland.

David Stewart’s map depicts the territories of the Highland clans in 1746-147. Picture: National Library of Scotland.

Digital Commonwealth: Maritime Charts and Atlases (Collection of Distinction) Boston Public Library

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Othmeralia: The Book of Health (1898)

Thomas Morris: The cod-liver oil binge

Beyond Chicken Soup: Medical Inventions: Morris Tischler’s Solid State Pacemaker

The Embryo Project: ABO Blood Type Identification and Forensic Science (1900–1960)

Google Patents: Face-mask for treating the skin

The H-Word: Human-pig chimeras and the history of transplanting from animals

Colour lithograph: “human vivisection”, published in Lustige Blatter. Berlin, c. 1910. The rabbit says “Now no phoney sentimentality! The principle of free research requires that I vivisect this human for the health of the entire animal world”. Illustration: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images

Colour lithograph: “human vivisection”, published in Lustige Blatter. Berlin, c. 1910. The rabbit says “Now no phoney sentimentality! The principle of free research requires that I vivisect this human for the health of the entire animal world”. Illustration: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images

CHF: A Sweet Invention

ncbi.nim.nih.gov: John Bostock’s first description of hayfever

Early Modern Medicine: Catching Cold

Thomas Morris: Saved for posterity

Wellcome Collection Blog: Inspired: Human evolution & obstetrics

The Francis A. Conway Library of Medicine: On View: Teaching watercolor of tumor at actual size

Wellcome Library: Health and well-being: Early Medicine’s new theme

BLDGBLOG: The Human Nervous System, Pressed Like a Flower

[Image: Smartphone shot in non-ideal lighting conditions]

[Image: Smartphone shot in non-ideal lighting conditions]

The New York Times: Jerome S. Bruner, Who Shaped Understanding of the Young Mind, Dies at 100

The Recipes Project: Human Milk as Medicine in Imperial China: Practice or Fantasy?

NBC News: Plague Came to Europe Just Once and Stayed, Study Finds

Atlas Obscura: How An [sic] 1918 Author Introduced the World to the Concept of Female Pleasure

Thomas Morris: Killed by a corkscrew

Thomas Morris: The horn of a dilemma

Discover: How Railway Surgeons Advanced Medicine

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The H-Word: Doping and the 1966 World Cup

Thomas Morris: The double monster

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

Hackaday: Retrotechtacular: The Voder from Bell Labs

The National Museum of Computing: Veterans see Lorenz encrypt to decrypt

Gizmodo: Defeat AGAIN for Hitler as Bletchley Boffins Recreate WWII Code Breaks

Heritage Calling: A Bicycle Shed is a (Listed) Building

The H-Word: Uncovering the lives of women in science and technology: the case of Sarah Guppy

Royal Museums Greenwich: The Sinking of the Lusitania

Conciatore: Neri in Pisa

Conciatore: Travels to the East

Smithsonian.com: Hot Air Balloon Travel for the Luxury Traveler of the 1800s

A colored print of La Minerve (image: National Air and Space Museum)

A colored print of La Minerve (image: National Air and Space Museum)

Ptak Science Books: Ships in the Skyline, Part V: Cities INSIDE of Ships

Ptak Science Books: The pre-Google pre-Car –Google –Car (1892)

6sqft: Horn and Hardart Automats: Redefining Lunchtime, Diner on a Dime

Ptak Science Books: Fancy Walking Sticks and their Fancier Interior Lives (1892)

The Times: Ferguson’s timepiece sold to US bidder

IEEE: Annals of the History of Computing Download: History of Computing in East Asia

V&A: Sensing Time: a royal mantel clock

Gizmag: The stopwatch: 200 years old and still ticking

The stopwatch turns 200: When the compteur de tierces surfaced in 2012, it was like stumbling across an iPhone from 1975 in a junk shop (Credit: Louis Moinet Company)

The stopwatch turns 200: When the compteur de tierces surfaced in 2012, it was like stumbling across an iPhone from 1975 in a junk shop (Credit: Louis Moinet Company)

Ciara Meehan: The Dangers of Washing Machines

Hyperallergic: The Incredible Electric Eric: Rebuilding a Lost 1920s British Robot

Atlas Obscura: How a Hotel in Chicago Convinced Drivers They Needed Parking Garages

Smithsonian.com: The Story of László Bíró, the Man Who Invented the Ballpoint Pen

Ptak Science Books: Finger-Tip Lights for Theater Ushers

The British Museum: Collection online: The new sucking worm fire engine – A new draught and description of the fire engine

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Abu'l-Fida on Britain from his E14thC Geography, based on 13thC work of Ibn Sa'id al-Maghribi (trans. Dunlop, 1957) h/t Dr Caitlin Green

Abu’l-Fida on Britain from his E14thC Geography, based on 13thC work of Ibn Sa’id al-Maghribi (trans. Dunlop, 1957) h/t Dr Caitlin Green

 Scientific American: The Geology of D-Day (June 6, 1944)

Flathead Beacon: A Brief History of Science in Glacier National Park

Niche: The Birthday of the Year Without a Summer

Niche: The Iinnii Initiative: Reintroducing Bison to Blackfoot Country

storify: Instruments Supercomputers Environmental change

ABC News: New DNA technology confirms Aboriginal people as first Australians

Encyclopedia.com: Weidenreich, Franz

The Guardian: Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth, the 15-year-old victims of rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork. Photographs: PA

Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth, the 15-year-old victims of rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork. Photographs: PA

The Washington Post: Watch these leaping eels validate one of science history’s wackiest stories

The Recipes Project: Blood, Controversy, and Puddings in the Early English Atlantic

Hoaxes: The Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe

Tiny Letter: Pie in the Sky

Inside Climate News: For Oil Industry, Clean Air Fight Was Dress Rehearsal for Climate Denial

The Atlantic: The Unsung Hero of Western Science

Verso: China Rose

Nature: Cetology: How science inspired Moby-Dick

The Guardian: Andrea Wulf on a scientific adventurer ‘chased by 10,000 pigs’

Science League of America: In Praise of Pickett, Part 2

BHL: World Oceans Day through Books: The Roots of Modern Ichthyology

Belon portrayed many dolphins, their embryos, and reproductive anatomy within De aquatilibus, marking the beginning of modern embryology. Belon, Pierre. De aquatilibus. 1553.

Belon portrayed many dolphins, their embryos, and reproductive anatomy within De aquatilibus, marking the beginning of modern embryology. Belon, Pierre. De aquatilibus. 1553.

Forbes: Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Crises Throughout European History

The Atlantic: The Smart, Agile, and Completely Underrated Dodo

The Atlantic: Why Americans Call Turkey ‘Turkey’

The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: Bárðarbunga and the Winters of Winds, of the Sword, of the World

Yovisto: James Cook and the Great Barrier Reef

Smithsonian.com: Smithsonian’s Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America’s Native Flora

University of Birmingham: Lapworth Archive

Atlas Obscura: How Chewing Gave Humans Flat Faces, Little Teeth and Wimpy Jaws

BHL: The natural history of Carolina, Fl…

Geri Walton: Tales of Monkeys as Pets in the 18th Century and 19th Century

A Favorite Poodle And Monkey Belonging To Thomas Osborne, The 4th Duke of Leeds, By John Wootton, Public Domain

A Favorite Poodle And Monkey Belonging To Thomas Osborne, The 4th Duke of Leeds, By John Wootton, Public Domain

storify: Study Day 20 April 2016: Visiting the Hans Sloane Album Collection

The New York Times: Was There an Ice Age in the Southern Hemisphere?

History of Geology: Darwin’s first botanizing steps followed the geological ones

Borneo Post: Proposed Wallace Centre should also honour legacy of local assistant Ali – Historian

Ashmolean: Allen Ariel Photographs

CHEMISTRY:

The Renaissance Mathematicus: How Chemistry came to its first journal – and a small-town professor to lasting prominence

Lorenz Crell Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lorenz Crell
Source: Wikimedia Commons

CHF: Visual Evidence

The Conversation: Four new elements named – here’s how the periodic table evolved

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Scholarly Commons: All back issues of the History of Anthropology Newsletter are now digitized, accessible, and searchable

The Social Historians: Why Society Needs Historians

CHF: Biotechnology Heritage Award

the many-headed monster: On periodization: unanswerable questions, questionable answers

al-kashkūl: An Allegorical Epistle By Abū Alī ibn Sīnā (Avicenna) Describing His Arrival at True Knowledge

Forbes: Are There Revolutions in Physics?

Nautilus: Einstein Among the Daffodils

MedHumLab: Five Questions for… Carsten Timmermann

The #EnvHist Weekly

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Seven

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: We Were Trojans

World Digital Library: A Compilation of Divinations from the Tianyuan Jade Calendar and the Big Dipper Scripture

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distillatio: A practical alchemy mystery

distillatio: Health and safety in alchemy

BOOK REVIEWS:

The New York Times: ‘The Hour of Land,’ by Terry Tempest Williams

Time to Eat the Dogs: Interview on New Books Network

Reviews in History: Interview: Jordan Landes talks to Darin Hayton

Notches: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation: An Interview With Jim Downs

The Junto: Alejandra Dubcovsky, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South

Salon: Resurrecting the Anatomical Venus: Death, sex and ecstasy intersect in 18th-century dissectible wax women

The View From Fez: The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man

Ibn Khaldun

TrowelBlazers: Agatha: The real life of Agatha Christie

Science Book a Day: Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe

ars technica: How did all this science get here?

Academia: Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany

NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Beyond Melancholy. Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England

University of Wales Press: Robert Recorde

Historiens de la santé: The Great Transition. Climate, Disease and Society in the Late Medieval World

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University of Pennsylvania Press: Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Historiens de la santé: Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II

The Royal Institution: Celebrating the bicentenary of the Davy lamp

Grove Atlantic: Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

Palgrave: Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science and Medicine of the 1790s

Historiens de la santé: The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability

ART & EXHIBITIONS

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Digital Library: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Smithsonian.com: See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museum

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

The Warburg Institude: The Library of Aby Warburg 13–17 June 2016

St. Louis Central Library: Fantasy Maps Exhibit 11 June–15 October 2016

Oxford Thinking: Cook-Voyage collection goes on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Uzeeum: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January 29–31 July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow: Intermedia Beyond Epilepsy 9-19 June 2016

Science Museum: Einstein’s Legacy

COMING SOON:  Bethel Museum of the Mind: The Weight of History 27 July – 18 November 2016 

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

New Line Theatre: Atomic 2-25 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies: 16 June 2016

Detroit Free Press: ‘Atomic’ produces lots of noise, little heat

ashpags on tumblr: Great Lady Astronomers of History …Come to Life!

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

EVENTS:

Morbid Anatomy Museum: Rescheduled: What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt 16 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Talk: Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh 9–13 August 2016

Center for the History of Medicine Harvard: Phineas Gage Event 23 June 2016

UCL: STS: Open Day 17 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

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Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: One for the Road

Royal College of Physicians: Upcoming Events

Royal College of Physicians: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “London’s Plagues”

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

University of Utrecht: Descartes-Huygens Lecture by J.B. Shank on ‘Newtonian’ Mechanics in France around 1700

IET Savoy Place London: Lecture: Preparing to lay a transatlantic telegraph table; an historical comparison 16 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly minds and bodies in the medical museum: two unique evenings of film, dance, performance and comedy inspired by museum collections exploring our attitudes towards difference: 13 & 20 June 2016

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Glasgow Science Festival: Goodall Lecture – 200th Anniversary of Laennec’s First Stethoscope 16 June 2016

The Brain Box: Manchester Day: History: Memory Lane: A History of Brain Science 19 June Town Hall

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

 

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – Free Walking Tours

Surgeons’ Hall Museums: Exceptional and Extraordinary – Unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum 15 June 2016

 

Chepstow Museum: Talk: Iwan Rhys Morus ‘Will the Real Victor Frankenstein Please Stand Up?’ 20 June 2016 

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens.

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens.

 

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Museo Galileo: The sundial of the Museo Galileo

Youtube: Fred Terman Interview, 1969

Youtube: Ultimate Restorations: Sierra 3 – PBS America

Youtube: Rebuilding Dinosaurs with the ‘Skeleton Crew’

Alom Shaha: Just a Theory

Youtube: Logic in Greek & Arabic Philosophy (Peter Adamson)

Youtube: Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius

Youtube: MIT: The History of Making Books: Build a Printing Press at MIT

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Maxwell’s Demon

Futility Closet: Podcast Episode 108: The Greenwich Time Lady

kmuw: Marginalia: Carrie Brown

CHF: Episode 211: Babes of Science, a Guest Episode

BBC Radio 4: Blood and Fire: The Segregation and Racialisation of Blood

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Notches: CfP: Histories of Disability and Sexuality

CIUHCT: Lisbon, Portugal: Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration 17–18 June 2016

Poster Cusanus

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science: CfP: Special Issue: Knowledge Transfer and Its Context

University of Chester: Symposium: Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 24 June 2016

University of Freiburg: Accidents and the State in the 20th Century

The Victorianist: CfP Reminder: The “Heart” and “science” of Wilkie Collins and His Contemporaries 24 September 2016 London

Science Museum: Study Day: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks & Watches 17–18 June 2016

ICOHTEC Conference Porto: CfP: Early Career Scholars Workshop: Tension of Europe 1 August 2016

Society for Renaissance Studies: CfP: More than meets the page: Printing Texts and Images in Italy, 1570s–1700s

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science: CfP: “Ludwik Fleck’s Theory of Thought Styles and Thought Collectives – Translations and Receptions” Deadline 30 August 2016

HPDST: 2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

University of Bergamo: Workshop: Early Modern Galenism and Botany 24 June 2016

University of Vienna: Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 16–18 June 2016

BSHS: Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

Académie Polonaise des Sciences, Paris: Colloque: Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique 20–21 Octobre 2016

University of Oxford: Conference: Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th–16th Europe 14–16 June 2016

St Anne’s College; University of Oxford: Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World 5–7 July 2016

King’s College London: From Microbes to Matrons: The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention 1-2 September 2016

University of Groningen: CfP: Teaching the New Sciences, Scientific Revolution 14–16 June 2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: CFP: Conference: HIV/AIDS Research: Its History and Future 13–16 October 2016

Collège de France: Colloque : « Freud au Collège de France, 1885-2016 » 16–17 Juin 2016

Australian Academy of Science: The Moran Award for History of Science Research

CRASSH: Taxonomy, Translatability and Intelligibility of Scientific Images 17–18 June 2016

Université de Lausane: La santé publique et ses enjeux: un lieu de pouvoirs 10 Juin 2016

Wellcome Trust: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Florida Atlantic University: International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Summer Symposium 1–4 August 2016

University Of Belgrade: CfP: Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation-5 22–23 September 2016

Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick: CfP: Beauty and the Hospital in History 6–8 April 2017

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London: Conference: Telecommunications in the Aftermath of World War 1: Civilian and Military Perspectives 10 August 2016

University of Oxford: Summer School and Conference: Mind Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry 13–15 July 2017

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: CfP: Medical Humanities

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

University of Warsaw: Conference: Reassembling the Republic of Letters 11–15 June 2015

University of Bergen: Philosophy of Bergen Workshop 2016 14 June

University of Leeds: Round Table Discussion: “Victorians and History Writing Practices” Seminar: “Victorian Jesus: Imagining the Anonymous Author of Ecce Homo (1865)” 4 July 2016

Wellcome Library: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016 Deadline 3 June 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference Deadline 1 June 2016

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

Stethoscope Symposium

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

Conferene

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

 

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

The University of Queensland: The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities PhD Scholarships

Science Museum Group: Collections Storage Project Manager

INFORMS: Part Time Intern Assistant History of Operational Research

Science Museum Group: Content Developer, Sun Exhibition

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #43

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

Year 2, Volume #43

Monday 06 June 2016

EDITORIAL:

 We have moved on another seven days and it’s time once more for Whewell’s Gazette, your weekly #histSTM links list bringing all of the histories of science, technology and medicines found by our team of trusty owl in the highways and byways of the Internet.

The last week has seen various people (geneticists) trumpeting in the Internet that historians need to work with geneticists because that is the future. The tenor of these reports seemed to be that historians would never conceive of anything quite so revolutionary without being prodded by farsighted geneticists.

There are various things that I found rather strange about these claims. Firstly it is archaeologists, anthropologists and palaeontologists who should be working with geneticists rather than historians. The people pushing this agenda don’t appear to know the difference. Secondly the relevant people have already been working with geneticists in various areas of historical research for some time now.

I originally studied archaeology, an awfully long time ago, and indeed worked for several years as a field archaeologist and even back in the dim and distant days of the early 1970s archaeologists were well aware of the advantages of applying various methods of scientific analysis to broaden their knowledge of the cultures they were studying. Pollen analysis to determine the environment in which people lived and the crops that they planted. Bone analysis to determine peoples’ diets and their states of health. Snail analysis, another good determinant of historical environments. In fact my environmental archaeology teacher was John “Snails” Evans one of the people who developed this technique. Archaeologists use the full array of scientific dating methods, carbon dating, dendrochronology, thermoluminescence etc. I could go on but I think this is enough to make my point.

It is not the people working in the historical disciplines who are ignorant of scientific developments and their possible applications to their work but non-historians (geneticists) who appear to be ignorant of the working methods, including many scientific ones, employed by those working on the cutting edge of historical research.

 Quotes of the week:

“The term ‘digital’ was coined at Bell Labs in 1942 to describe a high-speed method of calculation used in anti-aircraft devices” – Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman)

„Wenn jemand eine Schraube locker hat, liegt es ganz oft an der Mutter“ – @DerBuddler

“Few phrases can make my heart sink as low as the phrase ‘fashion icon’” – Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann)

Asking, "Is light a wave or a particle?" is like asking, "Is an owlbear an owl or a bear?"  – Greg Gbur

Asking, “Is light a wave or a particle?” is like asking, “Is an owlbear an owl or a bear?” – Greg Gbur

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

“New startup sends a doppelganger to live your life while you sleep. Reviews suggest most prefer your double to you” – Scott B. Weingart (@scott_bott)

From 'A Cat-Hater’s Handbook' by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer h/t @berfois

From ‘A Cat-Hater’s Handbook’ by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer h/t @berfois

HISTORIAN’S TO-DO LIST

-Get ripped off by dramatists

-Embrace genetics

-Be irrelevant, thus justifying axing of sociology somehow

-Marking – James Umner (@JamesBSumner)

“Mark Twain, on learning a proofreader was improving his punctuation telegraphed orders to have him shot without giving him time to pray” – M Butler Hallett (@MButlerHallett)

“I fought the photocopier, and the photocopier won” – Steven Gray (@Sjgray88)

Spaceship

“Heading to Cambridge, a little English town best known as the place where the cam-shaft was invented” – Stephen Curry (@Stephen_Curry)

omg in an essay one of my students just confused “emulate” and “immolate.”

“Find the writers you admire and immolate them.” – Colin Dickey (@colindickey)

 

 PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Dirac quote

arXiv: Bell’s Universe: A Personal Recollection (pdf)

Ptak Science Books: Atom Bombs: the Game

Ptak Science Books: Antique Board Games for Astronomy

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Pinterest: Atomic Age America

AHF: The Death of Louis Slotin

AHF: Leo Szilard

The New York Times: 31 May 1964: Leo Szilard Dies

Szilard testifying before Congress in the postwar. From the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Szilard testifying before Congress in the postwar. From the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Dannen.com: Leo Szilard – A Biographical Chronology

phys.org: Copernicus’ revolution and Galileo’s vision: Our changing view of the universe in pictures

The Planetary Society: New work with 35-year-old data: Voyagers at Ganymede and Saturn

AHF: Chien-Shiung Wu

Motherboard: The 1919 Solar Eclipse That Proved Einstein Right

Ptak Science Books: A Half-Alphabet of Color by Isaac Newton, and What the Colors “Naked” and “Dead” Are (1659)

The Catholic Astronomer: A Most Strange Debate

Preposterous Universe: Einstein vs. Physical Review

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Ted Taylor’s Interview – Part 4

The Curious Waveform: “Understand what I love about America”: Physicist Hans Bethe’s moving letter to his teacher Arnold Sommerfeld

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 was a Pathfinder for Apollo

Post-Bulletin: Starwatch: Heavenly bears have classic tales

AHF: Ernest Rutherford

L.A. Times – Photography: Dr. Tolman and professor Einstein

Palomar Observatory: Historical and Vintage Media

Wired: Ancient Mayan observatory was used to track Venus and Mars

Credit iStock

Credit iStock

AHF: In Memoriam: Irene LaViolette

History for Atheists: The New Atheist Bad History Great Myths 1: The Medieval Flat Earth

AHF: Edward Teller

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Map of Rome 1602

Map of Rome 1602

Herald: Arts & Life: Shining new light on old maps of Nova Scotia

The Guardian: Captain Cook’s sip Endeavour claimed by Rhode Island as search goes on

The Guardian: Looking down on Britain – maps of the UK across time

Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy by John Speed

Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy by John Speed

thestar.com: No doubt who owns Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour – Rhode Island

Royal Museums Greenwich: Martin Frobisher North-West Passage expedition 1576–78: Who was the first Englishman to go in search of the fabled Passage?

Verso: Maps that Scholars (and Goonies) Treasure

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Thomas Morris: The largest tumor on record

PCPop w/Pablo: Captain Mary T. Klinker – Decorated Vietnam Veteran from Lafayette

Notches: Taking the Venereal Out of Venereal Disease: The 1930s Public Health Campaign against Syphilis and Gonorrhea

Imperial College London: News: Past, present and future autism research explored at Able@Imperial lecture

Circulating Now: Images from the History of Medicine is Moving to NLM Digital Collections

Nursing Clio: “The Torture Began”: Symphysiotomy and Obstetric Violence in Modern Ireland

 A woman's pelvis after a pubiotomy - to widen the birth canal Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

A woman’s pelvis after a pubiotomy – to widen the birth canal
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Thomas Morris: The deserter

Circulating Now: Where to Find History of Medicine Collections

British Library: Asian and Africa studies blog: An 18th Century North African Travelling Physician’s Handbook

Notches: The Pustulent Penis: Searching for STDs in the Centuries before Syphilis

Sunday Times: How aspirin turned hero

Royal College of Physicians: Harvey’s disciples: the Evan Bedford library of cardiology

Wellcome Library: How the fate of the rhino is tied to medicine

L0058375 Cup for detecting poison, Europe, 1551-1660 Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Assay cups such as this one were used to taste wine. This cup is made from silver and rhinoceros horn. The rhinoceros horn was said to change colour and sweat if poison was placed in the cup. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe made: 1551-1600 Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

L0058375 Cup for detecting poison, Europe, 1551-1660
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Assay cups such as this one were used to taste wine. This cup is made from silver and rhinoceros horn. The rhinoceros horn was said to change colour and sweat if poison was placed in the cup.
maker: Unknown maker
Place made: Europe
made: 1551-1600 Published: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

CHF: William J. Rutter

University of Edinburgh: New App for Anatomical Museum

Thomas Morris: Two spoonsful of brain on the pillow

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

ODNB: Guppy, Sarah

IDG: Forgotten tech father: Bill Tutte vs. Alan Turing?

Bill Tutte

Bill Tutte

AEON: The invention of the paper bag was a triumph of feminism

New Scientist: Vintage computers take on fresh shine in retro photo project

Atlas Obscura: Found: A Rare Nazi Coding Machine, Hiding in a Garden Shed

AHF: Kenneth D. Nichols

The Conversation: The history of computing is both evolution and revolution

BBC News: Ipswich docks: Historical photographic archive put online

Conciatore: Artificial Gems

Journals Cambridge: Bringing Radio into America’s Homes: Marketing New Technology in the Great Depression

Paleofuture: The Defence Department Got Mad at Darpa for Creating Email

itv news: From Berlin to Bletchley: home of the codebreakers can finally tell the whole truth

Atlas Obscura: The First Woman Driver to Drive Around the World Wore Men’s Breeches and Had a Pet Monkey

The great Aloha Wanderwell. (All photos: © The Nile Baker Trust/Richard Diamond)

The great Aloha Wanderwell. (All photos: © The Nile Baker Trust/Richard Diamond)

BBC News: ‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled

Herald Scotland: The rise of the robots

Engineering Timeline: Second Severn Crossing

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Albertus Seba, The Opossum, Didelphimorphia, 1734

Albertus Seba, The Opossum, Didelphimorphia, 1734

New-York Historical Society: Museum & Library: Natural History Jingles

The Guardian: Robert McNeill Alexander obituary

Forbes: Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Crises Throughout European History

History of Geology: The (possible) Geological Origin of the Minotaur Myth

Kew: Incredible Insects: the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian

Academia: A focus on the history of light microscopy for cell culture

The Hurd Library: Dead as the Dodo

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Science News: Australian Aboriginal Stories of Ancient Sea-Level Rise Preserved for 13,000 Years

Science & Religion Exploring the Spectrum: What is the History of “Antievolution”?

History Today: London Zoo: ‘Handsome Gifts’ to a Young Society

Science League of America: In Praise of Pickett, Part 1

The Atlantic: A New Origin Story for Dogs

Niche: Special Issue of Histoire sociale/Social History on “The History of Tourism in Canada” Table of Contents

The Guardian: Charles Darwin letter returned to Smithsonian over 30 years after theft

Washington Post: Darwin letter stolen from Smithsonian 30 years ago has been found

CHF: It’s Alive!

The Skil Craft Biology Lab, sold around 1960. (CHF Collections)

The Skil Craft Biology Lab, sold around 1960. (CHF Collections)

Connections.Mic: A History of Oral Sex, From Fellatio’s Ancient Roots to the Modern Blow Job

The New York Times: Studies of Moth and Butterfly Color In a Scientific Classic

Wonders & Marvels: An Asbestos Purse at the British Museum

Geschichte der Geologie: Kunst & Geologie: Die Kunst im Bergbau

Blade and Bone: The Discovery of Human Antiquity: A Conjectured Pithecanthropus, 1887

History of Geology: Bone and blood is the price of coal – Animals in Mines

CHEMISTRY:

AHF: Joseph W. Kennedy

Royal Society of Chemistry: Classic kit: Petri Dish

Somerville Oxford: Blue plaque unveiled honouring Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–1994)

CHF: Critical Mass: A History of Mass Spectrometry

Glyn R. Taylor, operator, prepares a sample for introduction into the heated inlet system of Consolidated Engineering Corporation Model 21-103 Mass Spectrometer, May 1974. CHF Collections.

Glyn R. Taylor, operator, prepares a sample for introduction into the heated inlet system of Consolidated Engineering Corporation Model 21-103 Mass Spectrometer, May 1974. CHF Collections.

Darin Hayton: A Letter from James Ferguson

JSTOR Daily: The Sticky History of Adhesives

OHS Student Newspaper: On the Periodic Law with Dr. Eric Scerri

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Dialog: Theologie & Naturwissenschaft: Peter Harrison: The Myth of a Perennial Battle between Science and Religion

Research: Peer review: a familiar history

New Scientist: The Lost Women of Enlightenment Science

Anne Conway (1631-79)

Anne Conway (1631-79)

Clio@King’s: The History Department Blog: Including Women

History Matters: In Defence of the ‘Dark Ages’

Los Angeles Times: History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

The Recipes Project: Exploring CPP 10A214: A New Candidate for the Layfield Hand, Part 1

Paige Fossil History: What Does a Historian of Science Actually Do?

The Mean Time: The first Greenwich Maritime Centre newsletter is out!

The Guardian: A Geek’s Guide to the UK’s best science and technology attractions

The Atlantic: The Women Behind the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those "human computers," as they were called, are seen here in 1953.

The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those “human computers,” as they were called, are seen here in 1953.

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: A response to ‘Anstey’s Experimental Philosophy before the Restoration’

Historyonics: Privatising the Digital Past

ISIS: A journal of the History of Science Society: Volume 107, Number 2 June 2016 Table of Content – Viewpoint: The History Manifesto and the History of Science (oa)

Royal Society of Chemistry: Women in Science – a historical perspective

Skulls in the Stars: Twitter Weird Science Facts, Volume 8

Trans. Necomen Soc: Critical Reflections on the Science-Technology Relationship

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: Dear Friends

The Public Domain Review: Francis van Helmont and the Alphabet of Nature

Frontispiece to Francis van Helmont’s Alphabeti vere Naturalis Hebraici (1667) — Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0).

Frontispiece to Francis van Helmont’s Alphabeti vere Naturalis Hebraici (1667) — Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0).

Conciatore: Neri’s Contribution

Blink: Dawn of the Vedas

BOOK REVIEWS:

The Daily Herald: Old Dutch Caribbean charts in one magnificent book

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Smith-Howard on Smith, ‘Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Smithsonian.com: Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Book

A detailed wing schematic. (Vladimir Nabokov. Courtesy of the Vladimir Nabokov Archive at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.)

A detailed wing schematic. (Vladimir Nabokov. Courtesy of the Vladimir Nabokov Archive at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.)

H-Net: Valeria Finucci:  The Prince’s Body: Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance Medicine

American Scientists: On the Origin of Origin Stories

Nature: History: Peace, love and lab work

The Friends of Charles Darwin: The Ice Age: A very short introduction

Current Biology: Deepening the darkness? Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago

NEW BOOKS:

The MIT Press: Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming

Historiens e la santé: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism

University of Chicago Press: Groovy Science

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AHF: New Books on Manhattan Project History

CUP: Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters

Niche: Publication of “Moving Nature: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History”

Routledge: An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian Philosophy’ of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644)

Historiens de la santé: Albert Calmette. « Jusqu’à ce que mes yeux se ferment »

Historiens de la santé: To Come to a Better Understanding: Medicine Men and Clergy Meetings on the Rosebud Reservation, 1973–1978 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Oxford Thinking: Cook-Voyage collection goes on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Uzeeum: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

Natural History Museum: Dippy on tour

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow: Intermedia Beyond Epilepsy 9-19 June 2016

Science Museum: Einstein’s Legacy

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

Forbes: Sometimes, The Best Supporting Actor in a Movie is its Geology

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Galileo Super Star – Galileo Galilei to get Hollywood biopic

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Deadline Hollywood: Richard Goodwin’s ‘The Hinge of the World’ About Epic Clash Between Church and Galileo Being Developed as Feature

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies 16 June 2016

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

 

EVENTS:

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

University of Leeds: History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 6) 7 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: One for the Road

Royal College of Physicians: Upcoming Events

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Women And Medicine 9 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

TNMOC: Lecture: The Roots of Data Processing 9 June 2016

Science Museum: Frankenstein – From Literature to Myth to Bogeyman of Science

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “London’s Plagues”

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Royal College of Physicians: Medicinal plant lecture: The realty and the bizarre 13 June 2016

University of Utrecht: Descartes-Huygens Lecture by J.B. Shank on ‘Newtonian’ Mechanics in France around 1700

IET Savoy Place London: Lecture: Preparing to lay a transatlantic telegraph table; an historical comparison 16 June 2016

Science Museum: Lecture: Leonardo and the Military 9 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly minds and bodies in the medical museum: two unique evenings of film, dance, performance and comedy inspired by museum collections exploring our attitudes towards difference: 13 & 20 June 2016

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Glasgow Science Festival: Goodall Lecture – 200th Anniversary of Laennec’s First Stethoscope 16 June 2016

The Brain Box: Manchester Day: History: Memory Lane: A History of Brain Science 19 June Town Hall

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession 8 June 2016

 

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Things

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

Wellcome Collection: Symposium: Out of Control 11 June

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – Free Walking Tours

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

V0017769 Claude Bernard and his pupils. Oil painting after Léon-Augus Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk

V0017769 Claude Bernard and his pupils. Oil painting after Léon-Augus
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Alexei Leonov visits Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

Youtube: Mathematics vs astronomy in early medieval Ireland DIAS Lecture Series

Youtube: Marie Curie – Draw My Like

Youtube: Leo Theremin demonstrates the Thereminvox (1954)

Youtube: The Royal Society: Who cares about the history of science?

Forces TV: Codebreaking Equipment That Helped Win WW2 Goes On Display

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 1

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 2

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 3

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 4

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 5

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Parts 6&7

Youtube: The Common Language of Science – Albert Einstein

Youtube: The Origin of Vaccines

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: The Unseen – A History of the Invisible

University of Cambridge: Sandars Lectures 2016: Anthony Grafton

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 084: Zara Anishanshin, How Historians Read Historical Sources

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode oo5: Jeanne Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health

Radio 4: Natural Histories: Fly

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories

BBC Radio 4: The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

BSHS: Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

Académie Polonaise des Sciences, Paris: Colloque: Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique 20–21 Octobre 2016

University of Oxford: Conference: Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th–16th Europe 14–16 June 2016

St Anne’s College; University of Oxford: Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World 5–7 July 2016

King’s College London: From Microbes to Matrons: The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention 1-2 September 2016

University of Groningen: CfP: Teaching the New Sciences, Scientific Revolution 14–16 June 2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: CFP: Conference: HIV/AIDS Research: Its History and Future 13–16 October 2016

Collège de France: Colloque : « Freud au Collège de France, 1885-2016 » 16–17 Juin 2016

Australian Academy of Science: The Moran Award for History of Science Research

CRASSH: Taxonomy, Translatability and Intelligibility of Scientific Images 17–18 June 2016

Université de Lausane: La santé publique et ses enjeux: un lieu de pouvoirs 10 Juin 2016

 

Wellcome Trust: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Florida Atlantic University: International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Summer Symposium 1–4 August 2016

University Of Belgrade: CfP: Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation-5 22–23 September 2016

Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick: CfP: Beauty and the Hospital in History 6–8 April 2017

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London: Conference: Telecommunications in the Aftermath of World War 1: Civilian and Military Perspectives 10 August 2016

University of Oxford: Summer School and Conference: Mind Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry 13–15 July 2017

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: CfP: Medical Humanities

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

University of Warsaw: Conference: Reassembling the Republic of Letters 11–15 June 2015

University of Bergen: Philosophy of Bergen Workshop 2016 14 June

University of Leeds: Round Table Discussion: “Victorians and History Writing Practices” Seminar: “Victorian Jesus: Imagining the Anonymous Author of Ecce Homo (1865)” 4 July 2016

Wellcome Library: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich: Conferences & study days: From Sea to Sky: The Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond 9–10 June 2016

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616-1703). Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography in 17th Century Oxford.9 June 2016

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford: Postgraduate Conference 2016: Modern Bodies, Modern Minds 10 June

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

University of Kent: Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture: 9 June 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016 Deadline 3 June 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference Deadline 1 June 2016

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

Conferene

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

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St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

 

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain: Call for expressions of interest for the submission of Marie Sklodowska-Curie proposals – History of Nuclear Energy and Society

University of Antwerp: PhD Position in Philosophy of Science

Liverpool Hope University: Professional Tutor in Museum and Heritage Studies

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #42

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

Year 2, Volume #42

Monday 30 May 2016

EDITORIAL:

 Swooping in, somewhat delayed, out of the aether it’s the latest edition of the #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette bring to your attention all of the histories of science, technology and medicine that we could gather up over the last seven days from the far corners of the Internet.

This week saw the addition of the biography of Sarah Guppy (1770–1852) to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, not a fish but an eighteenth-century inventor and engineer. Unfortunately her well-deserved and long overdue inclusion in this essential data source for historians has already led to the creation of several instant historical myths.

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The Bristol Post announced her inclusion with an article with the following headline: Recognition at last for the mum-of-six who designed Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge – not Brunel. In other areas of the Internet some commentators took this myth building even further claiming that Sarah Guppy invented the suspension bridge, per se.

Interestingly Deborah Jaffé who researched and wrote about the life of Sarah Guppy and was invited onto BBC Radio 4’s flagship news magazine the Today programme to talk about her, the Beeb having picked up on the story, did her best to damp down the more sensational claims.

Sarah Guppy invented and patented a system of pilings for bridges making long span suspension bridges viable. This method was used with her knowledge and permission by Thomas Telford to construct the Menai Suspension Bridge. She was also involved in some capacity with Marc Brunel in the design of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. However the claim in the Bristol Post’s headline is vastly exaggerated and in fact way down the article they backpedal from their own headline writing instead: Though the precise impact of her ideas on his design is unknown…

I first learnt about the extraordinary Sarah Guppy through the good offices of Mike Rendell, The Georgian Gentleman, who wrote about her on his excellent blog more than three years ago. I found her story delightful then and thought that she certainly deserved to be more widely known.

Unfortunately the sensationalist, overblown reports that have circulated as a result of her inclusion in the ODNB will result in Internet memes that Sarah Guppy invented the suspension bridge and that Guppy and not Brunel designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge, both of which statements are very simply not true. I very much support bringing to public attention scientists, physicians, engineers and inventors whom time has forgotten, especially the women, but I find it deeply unfortunate when such actions are accompanied by the creation of, often ridiculous, myths.

In her interview on the Today Programme, Deborah Jaffé said that Sarah Guppy had not been written out of history, as some were claiming, but rather she had not been written in. #histSTM‪ is still a comparatively young group of disciplines and we are still dealing with the substantial fallout of the big names, big events versions of those histories that all too long passed as the norm. We need to write in lots of Sarah Guppys, both female and male, to finally get rid of the big names big events mythologies of science, technology and medicine

Quotes of the week:

Today’s advert of choice: “Ladies wanted to try new Lucifer Sanitary Towels”, Manchester Evening News, 7 Jul 1939 h/t @KingTekkers

Mathematicians

“What idiot called Verdi a composer and not an operatunist?” – Moose Allain(@MooseAllain)

How to Impress People at Academic Conferences Kirsty Rolfe (@avoidingbears)

How to Impress People at Academic Conferences Kirsty Rolfe (@avoidingbears)

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin

“What hath God wrought?” was the message of the 1st telegram ever, sent 24 May in 1844 by Samuel Morse h/t @TEYLERS

“Early modern view on tobacco ‘the smoke of it is held to be a great antidote against venom and pestilential diseases’” h/t @RCPEHeritage

“A historian’s blessing: may the royalties on your book always recoup the cost of the image reproduction fees” – Will Thomas (@GWilliamThomas)

“If Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family” – Jim David (@ComicJimDavid)

Shit got real

“Must not go down rabbit hole of why mentally ill medieval people feared they were made of glass, but no one does now.” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

“I think I’ll steal that Pepys line for my next bad review: ‘not worth a turd’”. – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

Kiss my Arse

“The first rule of Renaissance Club is nobody is really sure when the meetings begin or end” – @historyscientis

If the history of life on Earth was condensed into 24 hrs, this is what it would look like… Science Alert {@ScienceAlert)

If the history of life on Earth was condensed into 24 hrs, this is what it would look like… Science Alert {@ScienceAlert)

“everyone loves to use occam’s razor, but if you really want to see occam freak out, use his toothbrush” – Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich)

Mill grinding

Birthdays of the Week:

 Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz born 28 May 1807

Jean Louis Agassiz in 1870 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Jean Louis Agassiz in 1870
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Life of Louis Agassiz (Real Life Comics, #30)

http://atomic-surgery.blogspot.de/2016/01/the-life-of-louis-agassiz-real-life.html

Letters from Gondwana: The Poetry of the Ice Age

https://paleonerdish.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/the-poetry-of-the-ice-age/

William Hunter born 23 May 1728

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Hunter III

Royal College of Physicians: the best teacher of anatomy that ever lived

 

Inside William Hunter's dissecting room in 1770s by Thomas Rowlandson.

Inside William Hunter’s dissecting room in 1770s by Thomas Rowlandson.

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William Whewell born 24 May 1794

(c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Whewell’s Ghost: A man of many talents

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The Renaissance Mathematicus: The history of “scientist”

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Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography: Whewell, William

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TED: The Philosophical Breakfast Club

William Whewell on Galileo

William Whewell on Galileo

General Theory of Relativity confirmed 29 May 1919

Solar Eclipse 1919 From the report of Sir Arthur Eddington on the expedition to the island of Principe (off the west coast of Africa). Source: Wikimedia Commons

Solar Eclipse 1919
From the report of Sir Arthur Eddington on the expedition to the island of Principe (off the west coast of Africa).
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 Royal Society Publishing: A Determination of the Deflection of Light by the Sun’s Gravitational Field, from Observations made at the Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919

 

esa: space science: Relativity and the 1919 Eclipse

Youtube: HBO Signature Films: Einstein and Eddington Trailer (HBO)

The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco opened 27 May 1937

A pedestrian poses at the old railing on opening day, 1937 Source: Wikimedia Commons

A pedestrian poses at the old railing on opening day, 1937
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Smithsonian.com: What Do You Know About the Golden Gate Bridge

SF Gate: 17 fun facts about the Golden Gate Bridge on its 79th birthday

Bancroft Library: Golden Gate Bridge – Construction Photographs 1933–1934

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

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Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Nathaniel Everett Green

AIP: John Bardeen

Voices of the Manhattan Project: James B. Conant’s Interview

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: The blue flash

esa: magisstra: The Story Behind Paolo’s Space Station Photos

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Dannen.com: Truman Revokes Bombing Order, August 10, 1945

PNAS: The Copernicus grave mystery

The Catholic Astronomer: Heliocentrism Condemned: 400 Years Ago on May 26

Arizona Public Media: Era of Solar Discovery on Kitt Peak Coming to an End

Air&Space: Who ‘Created’ Planetary Science?

Ptak Science Books: Artwork for Detecting Nuclear Explosions in Outer Space (1960)

The New York Times: 10 February 1881: The Beauty of the Evening Sky: Telescopic Contemplation of the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars

Skulls in the Stars: Optics by hot air balloon?

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Repeat after me! – They knew it was round, damn it!

Picture from a 1550 edition of De sphaera, showing the earth to be a sphere. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Picture from a 1550 edition of De sphaera, showing the earth to be a sphere.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Guardian: Auguste Piccard: the physicist who went stratospheric

Scoop: Historic telescope will return stargazing to city

Pasadena Now: Last Paper of Influential Pasadena Astronomer Unravels 100-Year Old Stellar Mystery

AHF: Edwin McMillan

AHF: Luis Alvarez

AHF: Morris “Moe” Berg

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Atlas Obscura: These Stunning Maps Highlight the Tricks in a Cartographer’s Toolkit

Medium: 400 Years of Cartography – The Holcomb Digital Map Collection

Humanities: Imagine Nation: How Pocket Maps helped Poets and Subjects Reenvision England

Atlas Obscura: Map Monday

Library of Congress: Collection: Discovery and Exploration

La Californie ou Nouvelle Caroline : teatro de los trabajos, Apostolicos de la Compa. e Jesus en la America Septe.

La Californie ou Nouvelle Caroline : teatro de los trabajos, Apostolicos de la Compa. e Jesus en la America Septe.

The New York Times: U.S. Returns a Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter, but Msytery Remains

Knau: Arizona Public Radio: Scott Thybony’s Canyon Commentary: The Map

Royal Museums of Greenwich: By Endurance We Conquer: An epic tale of bravery and endurance

Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht: A princely example of the world’s first nautical atlas

Wales Online: The History of Wales in 12 Maps

 Cambriae Typus by Humphrey Llwyd (1573)

Cambriae Typus by Humphrey Llwyd (1573)

Jonathan Potter: A Map Dealer’s Reflections on the Last Forty-Five Years

MacDonald Gill: 1884–1947 Mapmaker, Graphic Designer, Letterer, Architect

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Temp hospital

Atlas Obscura: Why the First Cremation in the U.S. Was so Controversial

NYAM: Carte de Visite Collection

Journal of Victorian Culture Online: Kristin Hussey, Looking for the Victorian Eye in London’s Medical Museums

Smithsonian.com: How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to “See” a Dead Person’s Last Sight

The Guardian: ‘Eye-watering’ scale of Black Death’s impact on England revealed

Smithsonian.com: Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Death

Wired: Black Death maps reveal how the plague devastated medieval Britain

NYAM: Many Anatomy Lessons at the New York Academy of Medicine

Mimi Mathews: The Solitary Vice: Victorian Views on Masturbation

The Secret Companion by R J Brodie, 1845. (Image via Wellcome Library, CC By 4.0)

The Secret Companion by R J Brodie, 1845.
(Image via Wellcome Library, CC By 4.0)

Academia: Camille Laurin, historien de la médecine? Retour sur un projet historiographique devenu outil de réforme scientifique et sociopolitique.

Whipple Library Books Blog: F is for Foster, Founder of the Cambridge School of Physiology

Thomas Morris: Sugar is good for your teeth

Nature: The secret history of ancient toilets

U Ottawa: Tabaret: L’assurance-maladie: un passé insolite, un avenir incertain

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: What led Laennec to invent the wooden stethoscope?

Illustration from De l’ auscultation mediate (1819) by Laennec showing his design for a wooden stethoscope.

Illustration from De l’ auscultation mediate (1819) by Laennec showing his design for a wooden stethoscope.

Atlas Obscura: How the Medical Cadaver Finally Got the Respect it Deserves

Atlas Obscura: La Specola Anatomical Collection

Dr Alun Withey: Pig boys and boar bits: a seventeenth-century medical consultation

Thomas Morris: Honking like a goose

Aesthetic Surgery Journal: Joseph Constantine Carpue and the Bicentennial of the Birth of Modern Plastic Surgery

Le Huffington Post: Portrait de médecins: Maurice LeClair

BBC Culture: Why these anatomical models are not disgusting

kin deepCreated between 1780 and 1782, the original anatomical Venus by Clemente Susini (pictured) can still be seen at La Specola – the public science museum founded by Leopold II in Florence. Also known as ‘the Medici Venus’, the life-size wax figure has real human hair, and can be dissected into seven anatomically correct layers. She spawned numerous copies, referred to as Slashed Beauties or Dissected Graces and also displayed in medical museums. “Supine in their glass boxes, they beckon with a gentle smile or an ecstatic downcast gaze,” writes Ebenstein in The Anatomical Venus. “One idly toys with a plait of real golden human hair; another clutches at the plush, moth-eaten satin cushions of her case as her torso erupts in a spontaneous, bloodless auto-dissection; another is crowned with a golden tiara, while one further wears a silk ribbon tied in a bow around a dangling entrail.” (Credit: Museo di Storia Naturale Università di Firenze, Zoologica, ‘La Specola’, Italy/Photo Joanna Ebenstein)

kin deepCreated between 1780 and 1782, the original anatomical Venus by Clemente Susini (pictured) can still be seen at La Specola – the public science museum founded by Leopold II in Florence. Also known as ‘the Medici Venus’, the life-size wax figure has real human hair, and can be dissected into seven anatomically correct layers. She spawned numerous copies, referred to as Slashed Beauties or Dissected Graces and also displayed in medical museums. “Supine in their glass boxes, they beckon with a gentle smile or an ecstatic downcast gaze,” writes Ebenstein in The Anatomical Venus. “One idly toys with a plait of real golden human hair; another clutches at the plush, moth-eaten satin cushions of her case as her torso erupts in a spontaneous, bloodless auto-dissection; another is crowned with a golden tiara, while one further wears a silk ribbon tied in a bow around a dangling entrail.” (Credit: Museo di Storia Naturale Università di Firenze, Zoologica, ‘La Specola’, Italy/Photo Joanna Ebenstein)

Huffpost Arts & Culture: Inside the Bizarre ‘Venus’ Figures Once Used as Anatomical Models

The New York Times: Suzanne Corkin, Who Helped Pinpoint Nature of Memory, Dies at 79

Alabama Yesterdays: Alice McNeal, M.D.: Alabama’s Fist Female Anesthesiologist

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

Atlas Obscura: The Invention that Tamed America, and the Town Obsessed with it

ice: Budapest Chain Bridge online archive – an ambition achieved

Colossal: An Historically Accurate 19th Century Photo Studio Built in 1:12 Scale

Library of Congress: First telegraphic message – 24 May 1844

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Collectors Weekly: Retail Therapy: What Mannequins Say About Us

TLS: On the trail of the Chinese typewriter

Conciatore: The Importance of Being Diligent

The Recipes Project: Fueling Beer Breweries in Early Modern London

The Guardian: 25 May 1914: The woman at the wheel

A woman at the wheel, circa 1913. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

A woman at the wheel, circa 1913. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Stephan Wolfram Blog: Solomon Golomb (1932–2016)

Atlas Obscura: Netherlands Electricity and Radio Museum

Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Environmental Regulation and Technological Development in the U.S. Auto Industry

Apollo: Why the history of photography starts north of the border

Ptak Science Books: Industrial Depth: Unexpected Industrial Photographs (ca. 1910)

Universe Today: The Curious and Confounding Story of How Arcturus Electrified Chicago

British Library: flickr: Ships, found by the community fr…

Ptak Science Books: Cross-sections: U.S.-Built R.A.F. Fighter Aircraft, 1942

BBC News: Secret German WW2 code machine found on eBay

Ptak Science Books: Cars of the Future (1942)

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The Guardian: Early computers as objets d’art

The Washington Post: Jane Fawcett, British code-breaker during World War II, dies at 95

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Geology is not only poetry, but also sometimes art ... field notes by Italian geologist Sturani (1975) h/t @David_Bressan

Geology is not only poetry, but also sometimes art … field notes by Italian geologist Sturani (1975) h/t @David_Bressan

 New York Times: Edward N. Lorenz, a Meteorologist and a Father of Chaos Theory, Dies at 90

The Public Domain Review: Sex and Science in Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora

New Scientist: 5000-year-old beer-brewing kit found in China

Simthsonian.com: Gan Bei! Chinese Brewed Beer 5,000 Years Ago

Forbes: Archaeologists Draft Ancient Chinese Beer Recipe

 

U-M Special Collections Library: The Chicken or the Egg?

BBC Earth: How humanity first killed the dodo, then lost it as well

Sailors supposedly killed dodos by beating them with sticks (Credit: Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo)

Sailors supposedly killed dodos by beating them with sticks (Credit: Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo)

The New York Times: On the Trail of Nabaokov in the American West

we.prm.ox.ac.uk: The Invention of Museum Anthropology, 1850–1920

Guildhall Library Blog: The Wonders of George Loddiges Botanical Cabinet

Until Darwin: A Short Biography of John Bachman (1790–1874)

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Leonard Jenyns

Slate: The Vault: Pretty Portraits of the Tiny, Lumpy, Sweet Strawberries of the Early 20th Century

BBC Earth: There are only 35 kinds of animals and most are really weird

flickr: Biodiversity Heritage Library’s photos

sapiens.org: The Birth of the “Neanderthals”

When first found, “Neanderthal man” remains were thought by some scientists to be from a diseased modern human. However, upon examining the Gibraltar skull, George Busk argued that the Neanderthal skull represented a separate species. Paul Hudson/Flickr

When first found, “Neanderthal man” remains were thought by some scientists to be from a diseased modern human. However, upon examining the Gibraltar skull, George Busk argued that the Neanderthal skull represented a separate species. Paul Hudson/Flickr

Atlas Obscura: Malm Whale

Forbes: This Meteorite Has Been Preserved For Over 520 Years

Academia: Emil du Bois-Reymond, “Darwin and Copernicus,” Nature: A Weekly Journal of Science 27, no. 702 (12 April 1883): 557–558

Notches: Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

HNN: Five Things You Didn’t Know About John James Audubon

Live Science: Q&A with a Dinosaur Hunter: How Jack Horner Changed Paleontology

Jstor: Global Plants: Botanische Staatssammlung München Artwork – Water Colours of Fungi by Fritz Wohlfarth

Niche: Natures Past Episode 53: The Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour

Letters from Gondwana: Tilly Edinger and the Study of ‘Fossil Brains’

Earthly Musings: Flagstaff’s Arizona Daily Sun Newspaper Runs Article on “Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth”

Bonhams: Great White Shark Attack. Ricciardi, Francesco

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Banff museum

The Christian Science Monitor: Did weather defeat the Mongol Empire?

Echoes From The Vault: Birth of American Bee Culture: A Look at Advertisements in A.J. Cook’s The Bee Keepers’ Guide

Dr Caitlin R. Green: Camels in early medieval western Europe: beasts of burden & tools of ritual humiliation

TrowelBlazers: Happy Birthday Mary Anning – and Team TrowelBlazers!

The Thrifty Traveller: In Search of Wallace – Part 5: Simunjan, Borneo

CHEMISTRY:

Chemistry World: 1922 chemistry Nobel medal up for auction

Francis William Aston (1877–1945)

Francis William Aston (1877–1945)

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Nautilus: Are We in the Anthropocene Yet?

Muslim Heritage: Women’s Contribution to Classical Islamic Civilisation: Science, Medicine and Politics

Smithsonian Libraries: Unbound: Fixing a Fold-Out Plate

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The Kant Research Group: Women Intellectuals of 18th Century Germany

Academe Blog: Reclaiming the Value of the Humanities

iPhylo: Thoughts on Wikipedia, Wikidata, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Nature: Source material: Geneticists and historians need to work together on using DNA to explore the past

The #EnvHist Weekly

WikiEdu: The Roundup: Cold War Science

The Point: Can Liberal Education Save the Sciences?

Historiens de la santé: Journées d’études: L’histoire du suicide Table of Contents

Conciatore: 2016 Gold medal winner, Independent Publishers Book Awards for European Nonfiction 

IPPY gold

LSE: The verdict: is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it?

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: Agnolo della Casa

JSTOR Daily: Inside the Alchemist’s Workshop

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Conciatore: A Matter of Plagiarism

The Selfish Gene at 40:

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BBC News: The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40

AEON: Die, selfish gene, die

AEON: Dead or Alive? Is it time to kill off the idea of the ‘Selfish Gene’?

homunculus: Still selfish after all these years?

BOOK REVIEWS:

Nature: Ecology: The sea-otter whisperer

Historiens de la santé: Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

The Guardian: Work from 1616 is ‘the first ever science fiction novel’

Classroom Science: The Not-So-Intelligent Designer, by Abby Hafer

Science Book a Day: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

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TLS: Autistic expression

Hakai Magazine: Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus

The Guardian: Siddhartha Muherjee: ‘genes are personal. They ask the question: why are we like this?

The Washington Post: Is the printed word doomed? Not now or ever argues a glut of new books about paper

 

NEW BOOKS:

Routledge: Science in the Public Sphere: A history of lay knowledge and expertise

Historiens de la santé: Healthy Boundaries. Property, Law, and Public Health in England and Wales, 1815–1872

Stanford University Press: Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health After An Epidemic

Brepols Publishers: Childhood Disability and Social Integration in the Middle Ages

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The Ordered Universe Project: New Publication: Grosseteste and Religious and Scientific Learning

CUP: The Once and Future Turing

 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Garry’s Soapbox: John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians

Oxford Thinking: Cook-Voyage collection goes on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Uzeeum: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

The Wall Street Journal: Turning Science into Art

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

Natural History Museum: Dippy on tour

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922 Closes 30 May 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

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Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

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Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

CLOSING SOON: Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12 December 2016

COMING SOON: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow: Intermedia Beyond Epilepsy 9-19 June 2016

COMING SOON:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England: Reframing disability: Hidden histories from the Royal College of Physicians

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

Deadline Hollywood: Richard Goodwin’s ‘The Hinge of the World’ About Epic Clash Between Church and Galileo Being Developed as Feature

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies 16 June 2016

The Old Vic: Jekyll and Hyde 20-28 May 2016

Royal Opera House: Frankenstein, 4 – 27 MAY 2016

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

EVENTS:

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Women And Medicine 9 June 2016

CHF: First Friday: Between Food and Medicine 3 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

TNMOC: Lecture: The Roots of Data Processing 9 June 2016

Science Museum: Frankenstein – From Literature to Myth to Bogeyman of Science

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “London’s Plagues”

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Royal College of Physicians: Medicinal plant lecture: The realty and the bizarre 13 June 2016

University of Utrecht: Descartes-Huygens Lecture by J.B. Shank on ‘Newtonian’ Mechanics in France around 1700

IET Savoy Place London: Lecture: Preparing to lay a transatlantic telegraph table; an historical comparison 16 June 2016

Science Museum: Lecture: Leonardo and the Military 9 June 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum: Anatomical Venus Symposium & Book Party 4 June 2016

Manchester Histories Festival: From Coal Mining to Data Mining: An experimental approach to the history of illness and pain 6 June 2016

Wellcome Library: Reframing Disabilities: Hidden histories from the Royal College of Physicians 7 June 2016

Linnean Society of London: The Lord Treasurer of Botany: Sir James Edward Smith and the Linnaean Collections 7 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: Object Handing at Beckenham Library 3 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Tour: Who needs doctors anyway? 26 May 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly minds and bodies in the medical museum: two unique evenings of film, dance, performance and comedy inspired by museum collections exploring our attitudes towards difference: 13 & 20 June 2016

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Glasgow Science Festival: Goodall Lecture – 200th Anniversary of Laennec’s First Stethoscope 16 June 2016

The Brain Box: Manchester Day: History: Memory Lane: A History of Brain Science 19 June Town Hall

 

UCL: Lecture: Psychiatrists, psychiatry and the colonial state in the firsthalf of 20th century India 31 May 2016

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Royal Museums of Greenwich: Talk: In the Steps of Shackleton 1 June 2016

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession 8 June 2016

Brompton Cemetery: London Alchemy: Socery, Gin and Spooky Music in a Cemetery Chapel 4-5 June 2016

Ball event

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Things

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Alchemist Heating a Pot, by David Teniers the Younger (1610 - 1690), oil on canvas.

Alchemist Heating a Pot, by David Teniers the Younger (1610 – 1690), oil on canvas.

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: A Marvellous Elephant – Waddesdon Manor

Youtube: In conversation with Helen Sharman and a galaxy of astronauts

Retro Report: The Shadow of Thalidomide

Youtube: Thomas Edison interviewed at the age of 84

The Ordered Universe Project: An Ordered Universe: Working with Medieval Scholars on Thirteenth Century Science Texts – A Scientist’s Tale

Museo Galileo: Historical Outline of Optics

Youtube: JHU Online Program in the History of Medicine

Youtube: Working for NASA: Space for Women – 1981 Educational Film – S88TV1

Youtube: Sally Ride on Dumb Questions

University of Cambridge: The John Forrester Case

Youtube: J. Robert Oppenheimer: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Youtube: Scientist You Must Know: Arnold O. Beckman

Youtube: Historical Myths About Science by John L. Heilbron

Arts Hay Festival: Baillie Giffor Lecture: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently.

 

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories

BBC Radio 4: The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

Professor Buzzkill: 1918 Flu Pandemic killed over 50 million people. Why was it called “The Spanish Flu?”

BBC Radio 4: Paul Ehrlich’s ‘Magic Bullet’ and the Cure for Syphilis

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University Of Belgrade: CfP: Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation-5 22–23 September 2016

Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick: CfP: Beauty and the Hospital in History 6–8 April 2017

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London: Conference: Telecommunications in the Aftermath of World War 1: Civilian and Military Perspectives 10 August 2016

University of Oxford: Summer School and Conference: Mind Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry 13–15 July 2017

University of Columbia: The Center for Science & Society: Exploring the Philosophy of Émily du Châtelet

University of Vienna: Conference: “Claiming authority producing standards: The IAEA and the History of Radiation Protection” 3-4 June 2016

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: CfP: Medical Humanities

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

University of Strathclyde: Preventing Mental Illness: Past, Present and Future 2–3 June 2016

University of Warsaw: Conference: Reassembling the Republic of Letters 11–15 June 2015

University of Bergen: Philosophy of Bergen Workshop 2016 14 June

University of Oxford: Registration for the HSMT Postgraduate Conference, Modern Bodies, Modern Minds, closes next Friday, 3 June.

University of Leeds: Round Table Discussion: “Victorians and History Writing Practices” Seminar: “Victorian Jesus: Imagining the Anonymous Author of Ecce Homo (1865)” 4 July 2016

Wellcome Library: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich: Conferences & study days: From Sea to Sky: The Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond 9–10 June 2016

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616-1703). Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography in 17th Century Oxford.9 June 2016

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford: Postgraduate Conference 2016: Modern Bodies, Modern Minds 10 June

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

University of Kent: Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture: 9 June 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016 Deadline 3 June 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference Deadline 1 June 2016

University of Lancaster: Conference: Does the philosophy of psychiatry need metaphysics? 3 June 2016

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

Conferene

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

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St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Leeds: Faculty of Arts: 2016 Cheney Fellowships in Culture (includes #histSTM)

Royal Historical Society: Research Expenses

Fermilab: Science Writing Internship – Fall 2016

Science Museum: Keeper of Technologies and Engineering

University of Twente: Short-term postdoc appointments (2 months, full-time) in ethics, with a focus on technology

University of Pennsylvania: Postdoc: History and Sociology of Science Nature between Science and Religion: Jewish Culture and the Natural World

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #41

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

Year 2, Volume #41

Monday 23 May 2016

EDITORIAL:

 

Another week has flown by and as you can see our editorial team have been very busy putting together the latest issues of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #histSTM links list, flying to the far depths of cyberspace to bring all the best in the histories of science, technology and medicine from the last seven days.

William Whewell Portrait by James Lonsdale (c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

William Whewell Portrait by James Lonsdale
(c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Today, 24 May, is the 222nd birthday of our eponymous editor in chief, the nineteenth-century Cambridge polymath William Whewell. This journal was named in his honour because his career best epitomises the aims of this journal, to take the broadest sweep possible of the history of science in its widest sense.

Whewell was as this brief biography at the beginning of this blog states A Man of Many Talents. A scientist, who worked in a wide range of disciplines, philosopher of science and historian of science who played a major role in establishing the discipline in its own right. Also an educator and a coiner of scientific terms who most famously invented the term scientist, although it took some time to become established, something he did not live to see.

William Whewell, c. 1860s Source: Wikimedia Commons

William Whewell, c. 1860s
Source: Wikimedia Commons

When you read the latest edition of his gazette raise a glass to Willy, our editor in chief and wish him a happy birthday and enjoy this, his birthday present to all of his readers.

 Quotes of the week:

 “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts” – Bertrand Russell

Russell quote

“Freelancers: tell your landlord that instead of paying rent you’ll mention them on Twitter because ‘it will be good for their profile’” – Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman)

Steven Jay Gould

Steven Jay Gould

From NYAM archives: “the three great public health problems confronting the world are heart disease, cancer, and deafness” (1935) h/t @jaivirdi

Writers block

 “The biggest problem with Twitter isn’t fitting a thought into 140 chars. It’s that you get 140 characters whether or not you have a thought” – Chris Clarke (@canislatrans)

Calvin history

People confuse common sense with logic – “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18”– Einstein – John Richard (@a_New_U)

Chart

“If only we had a means of distributing scholarly papers and data in a decentralized, searchable fashion at very low cost” – Kieran Healy (@kjhealy)

Cucumber quote

“To whistle feebly is to ‘wheeple’ in Scottish and northern English dialects” – The OED (@OED)

<too many books

 

 

Birthdays of the Week:

 Maria Gaetana Agnesi born 16 May 1718

Agnesi quote

Linda Hall Library: Maria Gaetana Agnesi – Scientist of the Day

Linda Hall Library Digital Collections: Analytical institutions. Vol. 1

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Season of the Witch

Wolfram MathWorld: Witch of Agnesi

Mary Anning born 21 May 1799

 

Sketch of Mary Anning at work by Henry De la Beche Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sketch of Mary Anning at work by Henry De la Beche
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Letters from Gondwana: Mary Anning and the Flying Dragon

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

Regency History: Mary Anning (1799–1847)

ucmp.berkeley.edu: Mary Anning (1799–1847)

Lady Science: No. 8: Women of the Earth Sciences

Lyme Regis Museum: The new Mary Anning Wing

Anning BP

Albrecht Dürer born 21 May 147

Self-portrait silverpoint drawing by the thirteen-year-old Dürer, 1484 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Self-portrait silverpoint drawing by the thirteen-year-old Dürer, 1484
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 The H-Word: The triumph of melancholy: 500 years of Dürer’s most enigmatic print

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A maths book from a painter

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Reaching for the stars

ianridpath.com: Dürer’s hemispheres of 1515 – the first European star charts

Norman Lockyer born 17 May 1836

Norman Lockyer Source: Wikimedia Commons

Norman Lockyer
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nature: First Issue

Norman Lockyer Observatory: Website

Arthur Conan Doyle born 22 May

Doyle in 1930, the year of his death, with his son Adrian Source: Wikimedia Commons

Doyle in 1930, the year of his death, with his son Adrian
Source: Wikimedia Commons

PBS Newshour: How Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle cracked the case of the tuberculosis ‘remedy’

History of Geology: It’s sedimentary, my dear Watson

Letters from Gondwana: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Pterosaurs

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Herschel quote

The Royal Society: Notes and Records: Philomaths, Herschel, and the myth of the self-taught man

The Conversation: A brief history of telling time

AHF: James Chadwick

AHF: Harry D. Riley

Darin Hayton: Astronomers do not Date Sappho’s ‘Midnight’ Poem

NASA: Oral History Project: Nancy Grace Roman

Nancy Roman with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nancy Roman with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Space.com: Father of SETI Honored 50 Years After First Search for Alien Life

Carnegie Science: Allan Sandage’s Last Paper Unravels 100-Year-Old Astronomical Mystery

Gizmodo: Posthumous Paper Resolves Century-Old Mystery of How Stars Evolve

Yovisto: Omar Khayyam – Mathematics and Poetry

Ptak Science Books: A Very Early Bibliography on the Theory of Special Relativity (1910)

Live Science: Antikythera Mechanism: Ancient Celestial Calculator

Bensozia: The Ancient Star Chart in the Kitora Tomb, Japan

DREW ex machina: Venera 1: The First Venus Mission Attempt

Motherboard: Why Do More People not Know About Helen Sharman. The First Brit in Space

Helen Sharman on the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight. Image: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London

Helen Sharman on the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight. Image: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London

Royal Museums Greenwich: 100 years of Daylight Saving

The New Yorker: The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin

Royal Museums Greenwich: Constellations: Follow the bear

AAS: Thomas Gold (1920–2004)

Ptak Science Books: The “Endless Immensity” of Thomas Wright, 1750

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Nathaniel Everett Green

National Geographic: The Secret History of the Women Who Got Us Beyond the Moon

At NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, women were hired to be "computers," the people responsible for doing all the math at the lab. "They touched just about every mission you can think of," says Nathalia Holt.  PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, JPL-CALTECH

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, women were hired to be “computers,” the people responsible for doing all the math at the lab. “They touched just about every mission you can think of,” says Nathalia Holt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, JPL-CALTECH

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

The Matthew, recreation of John Cabot's 1497 ship visiting Swansea

The Matthew, recreation of John Cabot’s 1497 ship visiting Swansea

Atlas Obscura: Solving the Mystery of Early Polar Exploration Through Stamps

National Library of Scotland: Map Images: Compare a selection of historic maps to modern maps or satellite layers

 

Fox News Science: Experts plan effort to explore Captain Cook’s Endeavour in Newport Habor

Academia: Captain Cook’s Executors

Royal Museums Greenwich: John Franklin’s final North-West Passage expedition 1845

Statue of John Franklin in his home town of Spilsby Source: Wikimedia Commons

Statue of John Franklin in his home town of Spilsby
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Visions of the North: Franklin Searcher of the Month: Lachlan Taylor Burwash

Visions of the North: How many?

Ordnance Survey: A history of the trig pillar

Social Studies of Science: Higher and colder: The success and failure of boundaries in high altitude and Antarctic research stations

Process: Cartography and Empire in Northeastern America

Royal Museums Greenwich: Vasco da Gama circa 1460–1524

Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog: 1890 Map of Indigenous Languages of America

City Lab: This Old Map: Benjamin Franklin’s Gulf Stream, 1786

npr: Stolen Letter From Columbus Found in the Library of Congress and Returned to Italy

The History Blog: US returns stolen Columbus letter to Italy

The Public Domain Review: The Map That Changed the Middle East (1916)

The Sykes–Picot Agreement map

The Sykes–Picot Agreement map

BBC News: Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment

Library of Congress: Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps: The Secret Treaty of London

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Collections Explorer: Map Sampler

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Collections Explorer: Map Sampler II

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Jenner

Yovisto: Edward Jenner’s Fight against Smallpox

The History of Vaccines: Edward Jenner

The History of Emotions Blog: Representing emotion in the doctor-patient encounter in Victorian medical writing

The Quack Doctor: Cigares de Joy

Nursing Clio: Sunday Morning Medicine

Royal College of Physicians: ‘Uncontrollable emotionality’: depression and diagnosis in the RCP library

Circulating Now: Where to find History of Medicine Collections

Blue Plaques: Wakley, Thomas (1795–1862)

Thomas Wakely Lancet

 

 

Wellcome Collection Blog: Sleep Paralysis: A brief history of fear, treatment and artistic creativity

Vesuvio Live: Il Museo di Anatomia di Napoli apre al pubblico. E’ il più importante e antico al mondo

Thomas Morris: How to treat hay fever?

mental_floss: New App Lets You Virtually Visit a Famous Anatomy Museum

Wood Library Museum: History of Anesthesia

ars technica: English “plague village” may upend what we know about how the Black Death spread

Academia: Medicine and Charity in Eighteenth-century Northumberland: The Early Years of the Bamburgh Castle Dispensary and Surgery, c. 1772–1802

Wonders & Marvels: The Nazi Brain Removal Caper

NYAM: Sitadevi’s Sutra

Active History.ca: Heroin as treatment? The calculation of a new ‘junk’ equation

Cocaine

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Veedee Massager, c1903

Recipes Project: To Break or not to Break: Reading van Beverwijck’s Steen-Stuck (Part 1)

NYAM: Back to School! Conservation of the Academy’s 19th– and 20th-Century Medical Student Notebooks

The Conversation: How the British defeated Napoleon with citrus fruit

Wellcome Trust: Image of the Week: Female torso

Thomas Morris: The dreadful opening

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: “Limbs Not Yet Rigid” – A History of Dissecting the Living

The Medici Archive Project: A French Practitioner in Bologna: New Recipes and the Authority of Experience During the 1630 Plague Epidemic

ChoM News: UMass Boston Visits Center for the History of Medicine

O Say Can You See?: Creating the Cadet Nurse Corps for World War II

The National Museum of American History: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898

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The National Museum of American History: Cosmetic and Personal Care Products in the Medicine and Science Collections

Thomas Morris: The wandering musket ball

TECHNOLOGY:

Yovisto: Ivan Sutherland – Well, I Didn’t Know it was Hard

Yovisto: Theodore Maiman and the Laser

Atlas Obscua: Psychic Snail Sex Couldn’t Replace the Telegraph, but One Frenchman Sure Tried

Benoît's experiments were known as the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass, or snail telegram. (Photo: Internet Archive/Public Domain)

Benoît’s experiments were known as the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass, or snail telegram. (Photo: Internet Archive/Public Domain)

Two Nerdy History Girls: What the Apprentice Tinsmith Wore, c1775

Yovisto: The Antikythera Mechanism – an Ancient Analog Computer

Atlas Obscura: The WWI Plan to Turn America’s Trees into Telephones

Chemistry World: Lead isotopes track Roman Empire’s water supplies

Newworks: Patent models trace history and highlights of 19th century innovation

Yovisto: James Clerk Maxwell and the very first colour Photograph

The Register: Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

Your Local Guardian: UK’s first ‘girl-less’ telephones rolled out in Epsom 104 years ago today

A picture of a table telephone from 1912

A picture of a table telephone from 1912

Islington Gazette: ‘My great-great-great uncle helped create world as we know it from his Highbury home’

Atlas Obscura: A Short History of Rakes, and Why You Should Think Twice About Using Them

Wallace Resource Library: Who was Alfred Russel Wallace

Conciatore: A Deeper Accomplishment

Archives and Manuscripts at the Bodleian: Lizzie Bennett – Blacksmith

Poster for the 1898 National Exhibition of Women’s Labour, Netherlands (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague). Uploaded to wikicommons by Jan Toorop.

Poster for the 1898 National Exhibition of Women’s Labour, Netherlands (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague). Uploaded to wikicommons by Jan Toorop.

Quartz: This is what it sounds like when you turn antique telephone switchboards into musical instruments

Academia: A natural draught furnace for bronze casting

Vox: The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Sir Edwin Ray Lankester

Wildlife Articles: The Curious Case of the St Kilda House Mouse

St Kilda House Mouse

St Kilda House Mouse

3 Quarks Daily: Then and Now; Darwin, Agassiz, and Lakes That Vanish Overnight

The Friends of Charles Darwin: John Stevens Henslow

Jardin des Plantes: Sauvez La Gloriette de Buffon!

Niche: Early Canadian Environmental History Series

Yovisto: Ilya Mechnikov and the Macrophages

Yovisto: Amos Eaton and the Science of Education

Carson quote

Notches: Close Your Eyes and Think of Yorkshire? Working-class Women and Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Yorkshire

The New York Times: Eske Willerslev is Rewriting History with DNA

Natural History Museum Wales: Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles

Notches: Lesbian Histories and Futures: A Dispatch from “Gay American History @ 40”

Science League of America: Who Was the Occupant? Part 3

Public Domain Review: Copying Pictures, Evidencing Evolution

The notorious frontispiece comparing heads of human races and apes in the Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (1868), Haeckel’s gospel of evolution

The notorious frontispiece comparing heads of human races and apes in the Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (1868), Haeckel’s gospel of evolution

Academia: A Tale of Three Chameleons: The Animal Between Science and Literature in the Age of Louis XIV

Forbes: The Origin of Geological Terms: Geology

Atlas Obscura: Vintage Photos of Lumberjacks and the Giant Trees They Felled

Notches: “The Church Fathers Really Squirmed”: Contesting Heteronorms in motive Magazine, 1962–1972

Paige Fossil History: Teeth & Human Evolution: Scientist Spotlight on W.K. Gregory

Back to the sustainable future: Learning from Nowhere? Locating William Morris’ Eco-Fiction in Design History

Popular Mechanics: Mind-Blowing Photos of the Mount St. Helens Eruption Taken from a Plane

National Museum of Natural History: 10 Botanical Treasures Exemplify Herbarium

Sean Kheraj: Canadian History and Environment: Environmental History and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Proposal

Smithsonian.com: How an Obscure Photographer Saved Yosemite

The Sentinel, in a stereograph card in Watkins’ Pacific Coast series (Library of Congress)

The Sentinel, in a stereograph card in Watkins’ Pacific Coast series (Library of Congress)

The News & Observer: NC researcher: Civil War’s outcome affected by rock formations, terrain

The Livestock Conservancy: Brahma Chicken

Research Gate: Albert Davidson Michael (1836–1927) and his wife Anne, partners in acarology and microscopy

Atlas Obscura: The Scientific Squabble Over the Dodo Tree

Light Matters: Joost Rekveld: #47 background: Von Uexküll

AAS Committee on the Status of Women: My Mother, the Scientist

Herald Scotland: Maurice Smith on fracking: we’ve been here before with the 1850s shale oil boom

Forbes: Geology Scene Investigation: An Eruption In 1902 Revealed How Volcanic Firestorms Kill

CHEMISTRY:

The Guardian: Nobel medal sale highlights work of forgotten chemist who predicted the atom bomb

 Francis Aston in his laboratory at Cambridge University. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry for his discovery of isotopes Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images

Francis Aston in his laboratory at Cambridge University. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry for his discovery of isotopes Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images

Graham Farmelo: Remembering Harry Kroto

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

the many-headed monster: On periodization: two ‘early modern’ Englands?

histscifi.com: How Does Technoscience Dream?

New Natures Foundry: INTERSECTIONS: HISTORIES OF ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE A new book series from University of Pittsburgh Press

The Recipes Project: A Stich in Thyme?: Why Are There so Few Knitting Patterns in Recipe Books?

History of Psychiatry: Last issue: June 2016; 27 (2) Table of Contents

Nature: Teach students the biology of their time

Nature: Second Thoughts

The Curious Wavefunction: Mendel, Weldon and the uncertainty of counterfactuals

Journal of Medical Humanities: Volume 37, Issue 2, June 20916: Special Issue: Beckett, Medicine and the Brain Table of Contents

Smithsonoan.com: A Brief History of Taking Books Along for the Ride

A bookmobile visiting Blount County, Tennessee, in 1943. (Tennessee Valley Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring 1973) Public Domain)

A bookmobile visiting Blount County, Tennessee, in 1943. (Tennessee Valley Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring 1973) Public Domain)

OHMAR: Oral History: Where does it fit in museums?

Scientific American: A Manuscript 47 Years in the Making

The Royal Society: Copley winners that changed the world

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History: Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 2016 Table of Contents

Forbes: Historians and Astronomers Share These Scientific Methods in Common

Lady Science: No. 20: Representations of Women Scientists in Literature

Hyperallergic: The Challenges of Showing the Artifacts of an Early European Wax Museum Today

Culture Unbound: The Patent and the Paper: A Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property

IUHPS: May HP&ST Note

South Coast Today: New Bedford Whaling Museum unveils new reading room

The Ordered Universe: From Difference to Understanding: Responses to Interdisciplinary Research

AHA Today: Quantitative Literacy for Historians: Who’s Afraid of Numbers?

ESOTERIC:

Siddhartha Mukherjee physician and Pulitzer Prize winning book author has written a new book on the history of the Gene that has provoked some controversial reviews so we have collected them together for comparison.

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The Atlantic: Genes are Overrated

The Guardian: The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee review – ‘one of the most dangerous ideas in history’

Nature: Genetics: On the heredity trail

Prospect: The Gene: An Intimate History By Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Wire: Siddhartha Mukherjee Prepares Us for a Crucial Moment in the History of the Gene

The Curious Wavefunction: The future – not in our stars but in our genes: A review of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The Gene: An Intimate History”

Neuron Culture: Two Sharp Takes on Mukherjee’s The Gene

Nature: Researcher under fire for New Yorker epigenetics article

The New Yorker: Same But Different

Science Book a Day: The Gene: An Intimate History

BOOK REVIEWS:

Quillette: Giving Genes Their Due, But Not More

Time to Eat the Dogs: Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

The Guardian: Cadavers in pearls: meet the Anatomical Venus

Chemistry World: Lives and times of great pioneers in chemistry: Lavoisier to Sanger

Anita Guerrini: The Witches

The New York Times: ‘Paper,’ by Mark Kurlansky

An 18th-century Chinese paper mill. Credit De Agostini/Getty Images

An 18th-century Chinese paper mill. Credit De Agostini/Getty Images

The Atlantic: How Paper Shaped Civilization

Oxford Brookes University: Working-class mothers were not brutal or negligent but savious of infant life

Publishers Weekly: The Strangest Book of 1016 is ‘The Anatomical Venus’

LSE: Pragmatic Humanism: On the Nature and Value of Sociological Knowledge

The New York Review of Books: After Einstein: The Dark Mysteries

NEW BOOKS:

ebookw.com: The Life and Work of George Boole: A Prelude to the Digital Age (Free e-book)

4th Estate: What We Cannot Know

Royal Museums Greenwich: Navigation Instruments

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Historiens de la santé: Villes d’eaux d’Ile-de-France. Dictionnaire historique des sources d’Île-de-France utilisées à des fins thérapeutiques, hygiéniques ou salutaires

ART & EXHIBITIONS

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

The Wall Street Journal: Turning Science into Art

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

Natural History Museum: Dippy on tour

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922 Closes 30 May 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Exhibition Nancy

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

CLOSING SOON: New York Public Library: Printmaking Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900 Runs till 27 May 2016

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

CLOSING SOON: National Library of Scotland: Plague! A cultural history of contagious diseases in Scotland Runs till 29 May 2016

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Cambridge ScienceCentre: Cosmic Runs still 30 Jun 2016

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

CLOSING SOON: Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12 December 2016

 

 

 

COMING SOON: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow: Intermedia Beyond Epilepsy 9-19 June 2016

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

CHoM News: “The Advent of Anesthesia” Film 1933

The New York Times: Uncovering a Tale of Rocket Science, Race and the ‘60s

The Old Vic: Jekyll and Hyde 20-28 May 2016

Royal Opera House: Frankenstein, 4 – 27 MAY 2016

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

EVENTS:

Royal College of Physicians: Lecture: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

Discover Medical London: Tour: Who needs doctors anyway? 26 May 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly minds and bodies in the medical museum: two unique evenings of film, dance, performance and comedy inspired by museum collections exploring our attitudes towards difference: 13 & 20 June 2016

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

CHF: Cain Conference Public Lecture: “Life in the Universe: Past and Present” 26 May 2016

University of York: Seminar: “Connections between race, racism and health inequities shaping Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil” 25 May 2016

At Anne’s College, Oxford: Lecture: Fashionable Diseases of Georgian Life: Literature, Medicine and Culture in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond 2 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Glasgow Science Festival: Goodall Lecture – 200th Anniversary of Laennec’s First Stethoscope 16 June 2016

The Brain Box: Manchester Day: History: Memory Lane: A History of Brain Science 19 June Town Hall

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UCL: Lecture: Psychiatrists, psychiatry and the colonial state in the firsthalf of 20th century India 31 May 2016

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Café 1001, Brick Lane: Museum Showoff, May 24 2016

Royal Museums of Greenwich: Talk: In the Steps of Shackleton 1 June 2016

CHF: Cain Conference Public Lecture: Life in the Universe Past and Present 26 May 2016

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

University of Greenwich: Seminar: ‘Mag. and Met.’: the origins and early years of the Magnetic and Meteorological Department at Greenwich Observatory 25 May 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: Joyous and deliberate motherhood: birth control nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers Clinic, 1921-1931 26 May 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession 8 June 2016

Brompton Cemetery: London Alchemy: Socery, Gin and Spooky Music in a Cemetery Chapel 4-5 June 2016

Ball event

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and The History of Understanding

London Fortean Society: Snake Oil! The Golden Age of Quackery in Britain and America 26 May 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Things

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Boston Medical Library: Lecture: Prescription Drug Abuse in American History:

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

Discover Medical London: “Dr Dee” & The Magic of Medicine A Special Half Day Tour 27 May 2016

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner 17 May

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution: Dual Flame – Poetry’s Calling in Science and the Spiritual 24 May 2016

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Scholar in a Meadow, Chinese painting of the 11th century

Scholar in a Meadow, Chinese painting of the 11th century

TELEVISION:

BBC Four: Storm Troupers: The Fight to Forecast the Weather

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Polar Research (1957)

The Kid Should See This: The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology: 5 Minute History Lesson: 4 Videos

Youtube: Royal Society: Mystery Markings – Objectivity #70

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

avhumboldt.de: Heart of the Andes: Humboldt’s Science in the Art of Frederic Edwin Church

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Episodes A to Z

BBC Radio 4: Book of the Week: In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room

BBC London: Marcus du Sautoy: What We Cannot Know

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Florence Nightingale: Statistician

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Chaucer’s Astrolabe – The Medieval GPS

WNYC: Abraham Lincoln’s Contact with the Doctors

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford: Postgraduate Conference 2016: Modern Bodies, Modern Minds 10 June

University of Edinburgh: Philosophy of biology meets social studies of bioscience. Perspectives on living organisms 24 May 2016

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Award Scheme 2016 Closing Date 31 May 2016

University of Kent: Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture: 9 June 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

EHESS et Université Paris Descartes: Colloque international: Savoirs, pratiques, politiques. Les sciences sociales et les transformations contemporaines des mondes de la santé 25–27 Mai 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016 Deadline 3 June 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference Deadline 1 June 2016

University of Lancaster: Conference: Does the philosophy of psychiatry need metaphysics? 3 June 2016

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

University of Paderborn: Seminar: Women in the History of Philosophy: Diotima and Hannah Arendt 17-19 May 2016

HSS: The Nathan Reingold Prize for an original graduate student essay on the history of science and its cultural influences. Deadline 1 June 2016

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

University of Cambridge: Symposium: Science and Culture in Theory and History: Latin America, France and the Anglophone World 2–3 July 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Bordeaux: Seminar: Philosophy & Biology 27 May 2016

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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Columbia University: Exploring the Philosophy of Émile du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616–1703) Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography, 1n 17th Century 9 June 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

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University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

University of St. Andrews: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (SSEMP VII) 5–6 May 2016 Programme

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Columbia University: The Center for Science & Society: Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

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Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 Call for Abstract: deadline 30 April 2016

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

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University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science: Annual Conference Programme 28–30 May 2016

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St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Edinburgh: Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required for the ERC-funded project “Medical translation in the history of modern genomics”

University of Oxford: Research Associate – The History of Dyslexia

University of Basel: Full-Time PhD position in History of Science

University of Exeter: PhD studentship on the History of Sexual Science

University of Strathclyde: Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine since 1800

University of Amsterdam: 2 PhD Candidates ‘History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents’

UCL: STS Vacancies: Teaching Fellow in Science and Society

Universities of Hannover & Bielefeld: 4 PhD positions in the Philosophy of Science/Ethics of Science

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library and Archive: Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol: #40

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

Year 2, Volume #40

Monday 16 May 2016

EDITORIAL:

It’s that time of the week once more for a new edition of Whewell’s Gazette your weekly #histSTM links list, which brings you all the histories of science, technology and medicine that washed up on the shores of cyberspace over the last seven days.

The scientific event of  the week was without doubt the Transit of Mercury that took place on Monday 9 May and was followed live with telescopes with sun filters and indirectly through numerous Internet feeds by people all over the world. Whilst by no means as spectacular or as rare as a Transit of Venus, which can be followed with the packed-eye (protected of course with transit glasses) the Transit of Mercury remains a symbol of the seventeenth-century transition from a geocentric to a heliocentric world view.

Observations Mercury and of the Transits of Mercury did not begin in the twenty-first century so it is only natural that the historians of astronomy got in on the act last week, too. In the selection of posts and articles that follow we have, the historical background to the first transit observation by Pierre Gassed in 1631. We also have a post on the role that early observations  of Mercury played in Copernicus’ De revolutionibus. There are also posts on historical transit observations by Edmond Halley and Captain James Cook.

If you missed out on the excitement on Monday then you will only have to wait until 11 November 2019 to make your own historical observations.

Mesopotamian cuneiform clay fragment regarding the visibility of Mercury, c. late 1st millennium BCE

Mesopotamian cuneiform clay fragment regarding the visibility of Mercury, c. late 1st millennium BCE

The H-Word: Before the Transit of Mercury: forgotten forerunners of an astronomical revolution

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Tracking the Messenger of the Gods

Position of the planet Mercury in the 6th house at the moment of Prince Iskandar's birth, 1411

Position of the planet Mercury in the 6th house at the moment of Prince Iskandar’s birth, 1411

New Zealand History: Captain Cook observes transit of Mercury 9 November 1769

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage: Transits of Venus and Mercury as Muses

Motions of Mercury in Georg Peuerbach's, Theoricae novae planetarum (Venice, 1537)

Motions of Mercury in Georg Peuerbach’s, Theoricae novae planetarum (Venice, 1537)

The Catholic Astronomer: Priests, Deacons, and Religious of Science: Meet the Priest who First Recorded the Transit of Mercury – Pierre Gassendi

Personification of Mercury in Turkish version of the 'Wonders of Creation' by al-Qazwini, 1717

Personification of Mercury in Turkish version of the ‘Wonders of Creation’ by al-Qazwini, 1717

Youtube: Royal Society: Transit Telescope – Objectivity #69

All Mercury Illustrations Courtesy of @HistAstro

All Mercury Illustrations Courtesy of @HistAstro

Quotes of the week:

 “I like my pronouns like I like my restrooms: gender-neutral” – Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay)

 “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams

“Could God create a Wikipedia article so notable even He couldn’t delete it?” – John Overholt (@john_overholt)

Edington Quote

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible” – Richard Feynman h/t @ferwen

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool” – Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” – Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

KV QUOTE

“The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language.” – Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

“Gods and angels do not come bearing perfectly formed theories to disembodied prophets who instantly write textbooks.” – Louisa Gilder h/t @fadesingh

“In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them” – John von Neumann

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Science: “the only human activity that is truly democratic, truthful, apolitical, rational & self-regulation.” James Burke, 1985. Discuss. – Stephen Curry (@Stephen_Curry)

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Birthdays of the Week:

Dorothy Hodgkin born 12 May

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The Guardian: Dorothy Hodgkin: The only British woman to win a Nobel science prize gets a doodle

Royal Society of Chemistry: Professor Dorothy Hodgkin OM

The Guardian: Colouring by letters: the life of Dorothy Hodgkin

Nobelprize.org: Enhancing X-ray Vision

Science Life and Times: A blue plaque for Dorothy

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Science Museum: Celebrating Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1964 for her studies using X-ray crystallography, with which she worked out the atomic structure of penicillin, vitamin B-12 and insulin. Image credit: Science Museum / SSPL

Dorothy Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1964 for her studies using X-ray crystallography, with which she worked out the atomic structure of penicillin, vitamin B-12 and insulin. Image credit: Science Museum / SSPL

MHS Collection: Model of the Structure of Penicillin, by Dorothy Hodgkin, Oxford, c.1945

University of Oxford: Hodgkin gets stamp of approval

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Royal Society: Women’s work: Dorothy Hodgkin and the culture and craft of X-ray crystallography

Facebook: Dorothy Hodgkin: A celebration of a pioneering biochemist

Florence Nightingale born 12 May 1820

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Science Museum Group Journal: A statistical campaign: Florence Nightingale and Harriet Martineau’s ‘England and her Soldiers’

Yovisto: Florence Nightingale – The Lady with the Lamp

British History Online: Nos. 4–12 South Street

The Public Domain Review: The Voice of Florence Nightingale

NYAM: “A Passionate Statistician”: Florence Nightingale and the Numbers Game

Chart from NYAM’s copy of Florence Nightingale’s A contribution to the sanitary history of the British army during the late war with Russia (London, 1859).

Chart from NYAM’s copy of Florence Nightingale’s A contribution to the sanitary history of the British army during the late war with Russia (London, 1859).

The British Museum: Collection Online: “The Lady with the Lamp” (Florence Nightingale at Scutari A.D. 1856.)

The Economist: Worth a thousand words

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

APS: Physics: Viewpoint: Particles Move to the Beat of a Microfluid Drum

Figure 1: (Top) When dark particles are placed on the back of a violin vibrating on resonance, the particles move to the vibrational nodes. The resulting patterns, known as Chladni figures, depend on the vibrational frequency and provide a visual manifestation of each resonance. (Bottom) Poulain and colleagues [1] observed Chladni patterns when they placed microparticles within a liquid above a thin oscillating plate in a microfluidics device. Because of the fluid dynamics in their device, the particles were, unlike the particles on the violins, transported away from the nodes (dashed white lines) and towards the vibrational antinodes.

Figure 1: (Top) When dark particles are placed on the back of a violin vibrating on resonance, the particles move to the vibrational nodes. The resulting patterns, known as Chladni figures, depend on the vibrational frequency and provide a visual manifestation of each resonance. (Bottom) Poulain and colleagues [1] observed Chladni patterns when they placed microparticles within a liquid above a thin oscillating plate in a microfluidics device. Because of the fluid dynamics in their device, the particles were, unlike the particles on the violins, transported away from the nodes (dashed white lines) and towards the vibrational antinodes.

The Guardian: Sir Denys Wilkinson obituary

Yovisto: Cecilia Payne-Gasposchkin and the Composition of Stars

Kongernes Samling Rosenborg: Astronomical Clock

Yovisto: Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Isaac and the apple – the story and the myth

The Woolsthorpe Manor apple tree Source:Wikimedia Commons

The Woolsthorpe Manor apple tree
Source:Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Houston, we have a Problem

Yovisto: Please Don’t Ignite the Earth’s Atmosphere…

AHF: Stanislaus Ulam

OUP Blog: A brief history of corpuscular discoveries

AHF: Nicholas Kurti

Laboratory Equipment: Astronomy Specifically Dates 2,500-year-old Poem by Sappho

Astronotes: Skylab: Everything You Need to Know

An overhead view of the Skylab Orbital Workshop in Earth orbit as photographed from the Skylab 4 Command and Service Modules (CSM) during the final fly-around by the CSM before returning home.  Source: Wikimedia Commons

An overhead view of the Skylab Orbital Workshop in Earth orbit as photographed from the Skylab 4 Command and Service Modules (CSM) during the final fly-around by the CSM before returning home.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ptak Science Books: Neutrons, Positrons, & Hell–the Epic of the Fall of Man Suggested in the Physics of 1932

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Yovisto: Jules Dumont d’Urville and his South-Pacific Voyages

HNN: One Reason the Story of the Explorer Hernando de Soto is Memorable

National Geographic: If You Love Maps, This Blog is for You

Swann Auction Galleries: Dutch East India Company – Java Sea

Atlas Obscura: The Hidden History of America’s 19th-Century Mania for Panoramic Prints

Des Moines, Ia. (Image: A. Ruger/Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division)

Des Moines, Ia. (Image: A. Ruger/Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division)

Yovisto: Arthur Phillip – Commander of the First Fleet

The National Museum of American History: Lewis and Clark Expedition Pocket Compass

that’s: This WWII-era map of China just might change the way you view the country

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Hermann Historica Archiv: Geheimer Giftschrank in Buchform

Imperial Measures: New Blog: Alcohol, Health & Medicine in Colonial India

CHoM News: Processing of the Harvard School of Public Health Longitudinal Studies of Child Health and Development Records

Nursing Clio: The Gendered Politics of Sweat

Braille

The Recipes Project: Workhouse Diets: Paucity or Plenty [Part I]

The Recipes Project: Workhouse Diets: Paucity or Plenty [Part II]

Thomas Morris: A rotten trick

Anita Guerini: History, animals, science, food: The Secret Horror of Dissection

Skeleton with rickets.  Histoire naturelle, tome III, Pl. I.   BNF

Skeleton with rickets. Histoire naturelle, tome III, Pl. I. BNF

Smithsonian.com: How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

Harvard Medicine: Line Art: The work of Andreas Vesalius fascinated, and inspired neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing

Conversant: Hidden on the Horizon: A View of the New England Throat Distemper Epidemics from Salem

JRSM: ‘An innocent deception’: placebo controls in the St Petersburg homeopathy trial, 1829–1830

Thomas Morris: Boiling water and birch twigs

Fugitive Leaves: Bringing Out the Dead: Adventures in Cataloging, Part I

Nurcing Cio: “For Poor or Rich”: Handywomen and traditional Birth in Ireland

flickr: Wellcome Images: International Nurses Day

NYAM: Edward Jenner and the Development of the Smallpox Vaccine

Circulating Now: A Universal Code: Nurse Uniforms of all Nations

Peter McCandless, Author, Editor, Historian: Anatomy Illustrated (1543–2007)

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Thomas Morris: The fire-proof man

The Victorian Web: Another Florence Nightingale? The Rediscovery of Mary Seacole

Pilgrimrose.com: Holding Their Breath

Thomas Morris: The hearing-aid chair

Smithsonian.com: Before Dr. Mutter, Surgery was a Dangerous and Horrifically Painful Ordeal

The New York Times: Unearthing the Secrets of New York’s Mass Graves

TECHNOLOGY:

Kelvin Marconi

Yovisto: Nikolaus Otto and the Four Stroke Engine

Otto-Langen gas engine 1867. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Otto-Langen gas engine 1867.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

JSTOR Daily: Cracking Enigma: The Polish Connection

Open Culture: How the Moog Synthesiser Changed the Sound of Music

Global Urban History: From Lancashire to the World: The Manchester Ship Canal and Globalization

The National Museum of Computing: Early Computer Showroom Chic

Creative Review: Historic computers look super sexy in this new photo series by Docubyte and Ink

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Z3 or not Z3 that is the question?

DW: Konrad Zuse and the digital revolution he started with the Z3 computer 75 years ago

ZusePortrait

History Computer: Konrad Zuse – the first relay computer

Yovisto: Theodore von Kármán and his Advances in Aerodynamics

Yovisto: Igor Sikorsky and the Helicopter

Ptak Science Books: Stem-Punk Tee-Shirt Rocket Ship Pilots (1932)

Damn Interesting: The Atomic Automobile

flickr: Binocular compound microscope, Carl Zeiss Jena, 1914

The New York Times: What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Apes

Michelle Marshall: A Duke Deceived

Yovisto: James Pollard Espy – the Storm King

Clerk of Oxford: ‘Summer, sun-brightest’: An Anglo-Saxon Summer

The Guardian: The foul reign of the biological clock

Notches: “A Poison More Deadly”: Defining Obscenity in the West

Yovisto: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach and the Human Race

Blumenbach’s Five Races

Blumenbach’s Five Races

The Embryo Project: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840)

Medievalists.net: Earthquakes in Medieval Sicily (A Historical Revision 7th–13th Century)

Natural History Museum: Diplodocus: this is your life

Science League of America: Who Was the Occupant? Part 2

Niche: Portal to the Pyrocene

CHF: Man Made: A History of Synthetic Life

Atlas Obscura: Meet the Fish that Made America Great

The New York Times: The Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson

Smithsonian Collections Blog: The Tradescant Museum: A Proto-Smithsonian in London?

Academia: The Ethics of Animal Experimentation in Seventeenth-Century England

Science Friday: A Tale of Two Glassmakers and Their Marine Marvels

The New York Times: In Maritime Logbooks, a Trove of ‘extraordinary’ Imagery

OMNI Q&A: John Lilly on Dolphin Consciousness

CHEMISTRY:

Yovisto: Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and his Work on Gasses

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

Chemistry World: Harry Kroto 1939–2016

Chemistry World: Timms’ reactor

The metal vapour reactor was invented by Peter Timms, British chemist (1937-2005)

The metal vapour reactor was invented by Peter Timms, British chemist (1937-2005)

Yovisto: Justus von Liebig and the Agricultural Revolution

 

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Calvin historiography

NCSE: Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2016

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadiene d’histoire de la medicine: Inaugural Edition now available

The Conversation: The philosophy of chemistry … and what it can tell us about life, the universe and everything

ABC: Why Einstein didn’t wear socks and the nature of scientific inquiry

Le Ruche: AVIS DE PARUTION. JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY. VOL. 1 – 2016

Associations Now: Beer Group Helping to Brew Up a History Lesson

The #EnvHist Weekly

Electrifying the Country House: Notes from an Intern: Stories from the Archives

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Joseph Henry 1797–1878

Joseph Henry Portrait, by Ulke, Henry, 1879, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 10191or AI-10191.

Joseph Henry Portrait, by Ulke, Henry, 1879, Smithsonian Archives – History Div, 10191or AI-10191.

Academia: The Role of the Author in Constructing the History of Science

J.F: Penn: Talking About Death and Morbid Anatomy with Joanna Ebenstein

AEON: Anthropocene fever

ESOTERIC:

Chronologia Universalis: Beware the Rheticus’s prophecy!

The most reliable witness to Rheticus’s horoscope – MS Wrocław, University Library, Akc. 1949/594, fol. 56v, fragment

The most reliable witness to Rheticus’s horoscope – MS Wrocław, University Library, Akc. 1949/594, fol. 56v, fragment

distillatio: Why I’ve not been posting so much recently

BOOK REVIEWS:

The Guardian: The 100 best nonfiction books: No 15 – The Double Helix by James D Watson (1668)

Project Muse: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed: Turning Points in Ancient History by Eric H. Cline

Nature: Genetics: On the heredity trail

The Irish Catholic: The universe and Katharine Kepler

The New York Times: ‘The Gene,’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Science Book a Day: Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Suiting Up

Smithsonian.com: The Science Behind Nature’s Patterns

Smithsonian.com: The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist

Contagions: Environment, Society and the Black Death in Sweden

NEW BOOKS:

University of Oklahoma Press: The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898–1905

Hodder & Stoughton: Rebecca Rideal ­– 1666 Plague, War and Hellfire

University of Chicago Press: Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science

Cork University Press: The Booles & the Hintons

Routledge: Explorations in History and Globalization

9781138639607

Ithaque: Le Cas Paramord. Obsession et contrainte psychique, aujourd’hui

University of Chicago Press: Ex Voto. Votive Giving Across Cultures

ART & EXHIBITIONS

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

University of Oklahoma: University Libraries: Galileo’s World: Virtual Exhibit

Natural History Museum: Dippy on tour

The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30–October 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922 Closes 30 May 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

Bodleian: Marks of Genius

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Bridging the World: Benjamin Baker of Frome 5 March–21 May 2016

Exhibition Nancy

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

CLOSING SOON: New York Public Library: Printmaking Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900 Runs till 27 May 2016

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

CLOSING SOON: National Library of Scotland: Plague! A cultural history of contagious diseases in Scotland Runs till 29 May 2016

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Cambridge ScienceCentre: Cosmic Runs still 30 Jun 2016

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

The Old Vic: Jekyll and Hyde 20-28 May 2016

 

Royal Opera House: Frankenstein, 4 – 27 MAY 2016

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

EVENTS:

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: Talk: Buckets, Bollards and Bombs 23 May 2016

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Café 1001, Brick Lane: Museum Showoff, May 24 2016

Royal Museums of Greenwich: Talk: In the Steps of Shackleton 1 June 2016

CHF: Cain Conference Public Lecture: Life in the Universe Past and Present 26 May 2016

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

University of Greenwich: Seminar: ‘Mag. and Met.’: the origins and early years of the Magnetic and Meteorological Department at Greenwich Observatory 25 May 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: Joyous and deliberate motherhood: birth control nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers Clinic, 1921-1931 26 May 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession 8 June 2016

 

Brompton Cemetery: London Alchemy: Socery, Gin and Spooky Music in a Cemetery Chapel 4-5 June 2016

 

 

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and The History of Understanding

BSHS: Upcoming Lecture: Henry Wellcome Pharmacist Royal Pharmaceutical Society 23 May 2016

London Fortean Society: Snake Oil! The Golden Age of Quackery in Britain and America 26 May 2016

 

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Things

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Boston Medical Library: Lecture: Prescription Drug Abuse in American History:

 

Birkbeck, University of London: The History of Number Theory 21 May 2016

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

Discover Medical London: “Dr Dee” & The Magic of Medicine A Special Half Day Tour 27 May 2016

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society: Henry Wellcome, Pharmacist 23 May

Royal Pharmaceutical Society: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner 17 May

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Cambridge Science Centre: LATES: A HISTORY OF ROCKETRY 19 May 2016 

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Pavel Kaplun: Science

Pavel Kaplun: Science

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: First Flight Over North Pole (1926)

Youtube: Royal College of Physicians: Exhibitions 18 Videos!

RADIO & PODCASTS:

L.I.S.A: Tobias Linden: Das ‘Verbogene’ in der Geisterfotographie des 19. Jahrhunderts

Distillations: The Ancient Chemistry Inside Your Taco

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Library and Archives: History of Medicine: Audio and Video

Distillations Podcast: Is Space the Place? Trying to Save Humanity by Mining Asteroids

University of Oxford: ‘Death Masks: Facing the Dead’

BBC RADIO 4: Florence Nightingale: Statistician

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

University of Edinburgh: Workshop: Philosophy of biology meets social studies of biosciences 24 May 2016

University of Paderborn: Seminar: Women in the History of Philosophy: Diotima and Hannah Arendt 17-19 May 2016

HSS: The Nathan Reingold Prize for an original graduate student essay on the history of science and its cultural influences. Deadline 1 June 2016

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

University of Cambridge: Symposium: Science and Culture in Theory and History: Latin America, France and the Anglophone World 2–3 July 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Wellcome Library: Workshop: Incunabula and medicine: a workshop 20 May 2016

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October 2016

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Bordeaux: Seminar: Philosophy & Biology 27 May 2016

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

Columbia University: Exploring the Philosophy of Émile du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Conférence des étudiant.e.s du NHRU-URHN: Briser les silences de l’histoire du nursing et de la santé 19 Mai 2016

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616–1703) Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography, 1n 17th Century 9 June 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Staffordshire University: Workshop: Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics 19 May 2016

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

Conferene

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

University of St. Andrews: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (SSEMP VII) 5–6 May 2016 Programme

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

EHESS, Paris: Journée d’étude: Genre, humeurs et fluides corporels. Moyen Âge & Époque moderne 19 Mai 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Columbia University: The Center for Science & Society: Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 Call for Abstract: deadline 30 April 2016

History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge: Workshop: Informal Aspects of Uncertainty Evaluation 20 May 2016

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science: Annual Conference Programme 28–30 May 2016

Women hist phil

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Leeds: Fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Making the Pulse: the Reception of the Stethoscope in nineteenth century Britain, 1817-1870.

The Royal Society: Archivist & Digital Resources Manager

University of Strathclyde Glasgow: Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine since 1800

ODNB: Oxford DNB research bursaries in the humanities 2016–17

Academic Job Wiki: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine 2015–2016

University of Oxford: Research Associate – The History of Dyslexia

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University: 4 Doctoral Candidate Positions (65% TV-L 13) in Philosophy of Science and/or Ethics of Science

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Job: Assoc. Director/Oral Historian, Hagley Center

University of Liverpool: PhD studentship: ‘Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine’

University of Avignon: Contrat doctoral en histoire de la médecine médiévale: Histoire de la médecine médiévale; histoire de la santé (Occident médiéval, XIIe – XVe siècles)

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #39

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

Year 2, Volume #39

Monday 09 May 2016

EDITORIAL:

Another week, another edition of the weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette bringing you as much of the histories of science, Technology and medicine out of the depths of cyberspace as you could read in a month of Sundays.

For me one of the principle functions of #histSTM is #scicomm. That is using the histories of the various disciplines to try and communicate their function, importance, relevance or whatever. One of the greatest communicators of science who ever lived is without any doubt whatsoever David Attenborough, who turned ninety on Sunday 8 May 2016.

I very much doubt if there are many British* scientists, science communicators, science journalists, historians of science or just fans of science, for that matter, who were not touched, moved, motivated, fascinated, educated, inspired or sometimes even totally floored by one or other of the multitude of science programmes that Attenborough has made over the last almost seventy years. *(This is probably true of lots of other countries too, but I don’t know how much of Attenborough’s work has been broadcast in any other countries. I do know that there are Wikipedia article on him in lots of different languages!) Attenborough broadcasts mostly over the natural world but it is safe to say that he himself is a force of nature.

If that wasn’t enough in his role as a manager of the then relatively new BBC 2 television channel Attenborough was responsible for introducing the world to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, Pot Black (the Snooker World Championship) and The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures. Being responsible for those series alone is enough to make him a living legend but this was merely a small side line in his extraordinary live.

Just by existing he last week rescued the British Government from a very sticky situation. Somebody came up with the (not so) bright idea of asking the Internet to choose a name for a new research ship. A journalist in a moment of childish irresponsibility suggested the name Boaty McBoatface! The Internet pounced and by a margin of a zillion to one Boaty McBoatface won the popular vote. Enter stern Conservative Government Minister, “We are NOT going to name a mega-million pound research vessel Boaty McBoatface!” The Internet fumed! Then came the Solomonic decision, the vessel will be named “Sir David Attenborough”. To protest against this decision would have been sacrilege.

The Internet is full of birthday tributes to the great man of which I have only included a small random selection below. If you read or look at nothing else you should look at the three BBC One web exclusive Youtube videos at the end of the list, they are made in co-operation with Aardman! However in honour of his ninetieth birthday I dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to:

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough BBC / Sophie Lanfear

Sir David Attenborough BBC / Sophie Lanfear

“I suppose they would need a bigger ship if they had to paint “Attenborough McAttenboroughface” along the side” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

 David Attenborough at 90

Huff Post: Happy 90th Birthday David Attenborough!

Independent: Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him

New Scientist: David Attenborough: We’re suffocating ourselves

The Guardian: Dinosaurs and David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum

In the Dark: Sir David Attenborough at 90, Boaty McBoatface, and the song of the Lyre Bird

BBC News: Sir David Attenborough: Tributes paid as he turns 90

The Conversation: Sir David Attenborough at 90: the mesmerising storyteller of the natural world

Ri Channel: Christmas Lectures 1973: The Language of Animals

The Guardian: So you think you know David Attenborough? – video

BBC iPlayer: Happy Birthday to Sir David Attenborough

The Atlantic: Every Episode of Davis Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked

Youtube: Nature Video Part 1: David Attenborough on Darwin

Youtube: Nature Video Part 2: David Attenborough on Birds of Paradise

Youtube: Nature Video Part 3: David Attenborough: Scientist or Broadcaster?

Youtube: An evening with Sir David Attenborough

 

BBC One: Web exclusive: The day I met Attenborough – Penguins

BBC One: Web exclusive: The day I met Attenborough – Lyrebird

BBC One: Web exclusive: The Gorillas Meet Attenborough

Quotes of the week:

Shit in the bed

Here’s what Hillsborough taught me. It’s just a game. It should never be a death sentence. And football rivalry NEVER trumps humanity. Ever. – Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann)

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important”. – Bertrand Russell h/t @HambuloN

Gang of Phil

Just read the line “I am not interested in a hermeneutics, or an erotics, or a metaphorics of my anus.” – Sarah Ditum (@sarahditum)

Shaw Quote

“History is written by the Victors. No one ever got their last names, though”. – Brian Switek (@Laelaps)

“Personally I think a quid is a reasonable price for a quo, as long as it’s a genuine quo”. – Peter Coles (@telescoper)

Book Cartoon

“I would rather have question that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned” – possibly Richard Feynman

 

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde h/t @Libroantiguo

“Best C17 name seen today: Mr Polycarpus Wharton (for all your gunpowder requisites)” – Kate Morant (@KateMorant)

Giordano Bruno’s self-description in opening of application to Oxford for a teaching position (Rowland 2008)

Giordano Bruno’s self-description in opening of application to Oxford for a teaching position (Rowland 2008)

Birthdays of the Week:

Athanasius Kircher born 2 May 1602

Portrait of Kircher at age 53 from Mundus Subterraneus (1664) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Kircher at age 53
from Mundus Subterraneus (1664)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Athanasius Kircher – A Man in Search of Universal Knowledge

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Athanasius Kircher

History of Geology: Damned Souls and Fiery Oceans – Early Views of Earth’s Core

Bircher Section of the Earth from "Mundus Subterraneus", first edition published in 1664-1665. -

Bircher Section of the Earth from “Mundus Subterraneus”, first edition published in 1664-1665. –

Sigmund Freud born 6 May 1856

Freud with his father Jakob in 1864. In The Freud centenary exhibit of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1956.

Freud with his father Jakob in 1864. In The Freud centenary exhibit of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1956.

Yovisto: Freudian Slips and other Trifles

Haaretz: The Close Relationship Between Einstein and Freud, Relatively Speaking

NYAM: Young Man Freud

Open Culture: Download Great Works by Sigmund Freud

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Yovisto: Heinrich Gustav Magnus and the Magnus Effect

nasaonline: Robert Williams Wood 1868–1955 A Biographical Memoir

AHF: Philip Abelson

Pickle: Melbourne’s greatest telescope

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1001 Inventions: The World of Ibn al-Haytham

Voices of the Manhattan Project: J. Samuel Walker’s Interview

OMNI Q&A: Ilya Prigogine on the Arrow of Time

Ilya Quote

Yovisto: Steven Weinberg and the Great Unifying Theory

Cosmos: Six physics equations that changed the course of history

APS News: This Month in Physics History: May 5 1933: The New York Times Covers Discovery of Cosmic Radio Waves

https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201505/physicshistory.cfm

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Tracking the Messenger of the Gods

Pierre Gassendi after Louis-Édouard Rioult. Source: Wikimedia Common

Pierre Gassendi
after Louis-Édouard Rioult.
Source: Wikimedia Common

Muslim Heritage: The Stellar and Lunar Keys to Medieval Muslim Agriculture

The Telegraph: How British scientist Hertha Marks Ayrton discovered the secrets of ripples

Atlas Obscura: Ancient Aboriginal Astronomy

Popular Science: NASA renames Building After ‘Human Computer’ Katherine Johnson

Mental_floss: Decimal Time: How the French Made a 10-Hour Day

Royal Museums Greenwich: History of the Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory, Greenwich c. 1902 as depicted on a postcard Source: Wikimedia Commons

Royal Observatory, Greenwich c. 1902 as depicted on a postcard
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Ted Taylor’s Interview – Part 3

Perimeter Institute: Pioneering Women of Physics

O Say Can You See?: What emerging science got the public excited in the 1880s? Spectroscopy!

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Siegfried Hecker’s Interview – Part 3

The Ordered Universe Project: Grosseteste at Georgetown

Forgotten Faces of Science: The Women Who Classified the Stars

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Royal Museums Greenwich: John Cabot

British Library: Maps and views blog: Less of a Random Mapper: a new feature for Georeferencer

Atlas Obscura: Found: Captain Cook’s Ship

BBC News: Endeavour: Has the ship Captain Cook sailed to Australia been found?

The Telegraph: Archaeologists move a step closer to finding wreck of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour

HNN: Legendary Explorer’s Long-Lost Ship May Have Been Found Off Rhode Island

Earl of Pembroke, later HMS Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768. By Thomas Luny, dated 1790. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Earl of Pembroke, later HMS Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768. By Thomas Luny, dated 1790.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Guardian: Captain Cook’s Endeavour: from the Great Barrier Reef to Rhode Island?

boingboing: Where is Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour? Science can almost tell us!

Yovisto: How the Pope divided the New World among Spain and the Rest of the World

Conversant: “That Country is my Country” Loyalism and Maps of British America

Cynefin: The Tithe Maps of Wales: Cynefin Project

The Saleroom: American Civil War Era Manuscript Map

National Museum of Scotland: Portrait of Alexander Dalrymple

Live Sciences: 7 Extreme Female Explorers

Jackie Ronne and her husband Finn on skis in Antarctica during an expedition from 1946-1948. Credit: Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

Jackie Ronne and her husband Finn on skis in Antarctica during an expedition from 1946-1948.
Credit: Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

Gizmodo: These Stunning Maps Show the Final Months of the First World War

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

eä: The first national tuberculosis congress in Portugal (1895)

Morbid Anatomy: Public Dissections, Frederik Ruysch and the Theatrum Anatomicum: Touring the Waag at Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend

Flickering Lamps: The Abandoned Temperance Hospital in Euston

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fugitive Leaves: From ‘Bicephalic Monsters’ to ‘Brains of the Insane’: How Anatomists Built Evolutionary Hierarchies

storify: Nursing Medical Research Museum

Scientific American: Arsenic’s Afterlife: How Scientists Learned to Identify Poison Victims [Excerpt]

SHM Oxford: Medicine and Charity in Eighteenth-century Northumberland: The Early Years of the Bamburgh Castle Dispensary and Surgery c. 1772–1802

Wellcome Library: Views of Harbin (Fuchiatien) taken during the plague epidemic, December 1910 – March 1911

Thomas Morris: Champagne ad libitum

NYAM: Counterfeiting Bodies: Examining the Work of Walther Ryff

Circulating Now: A Mughal Era Manuscript Curiously Illustrated

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: International Day of the Midwife

Perceptions of Pregnancy: Midwives Behaving Badly? Complaints against Lying-In Charity Staff, c. 1800–1834

From the Hands of Quacks: The Pulsator: How a Portable artificial Respirator Saved the Lives of Children

The Iron Lung Ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California during the height of a polio epidemic, c.1953.

The Iron Lung Ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California during the height of a polio epidemic, c.1953.

The Recipes Project: ‘Recipes for Relationships’: Food, Medicine, Families and Cultural Engagement

Milk: Dissecting the Morbid Beauty of 18th Century Anatomical Figures

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

Thomas Morris: Mass delusions

The Establishment: Weird Beliefs About Women’s Bodies

Société Binet-Simon: Histoire du test de IQ

Wellcome Library Blog: The origins of the English almanac

h/t Thomas Morris

h/t Thomas Morris

Dr Alun Withey: ‘Weird’ remedies and the problem of ‘folklore’

Remedia: ‘The Touch of a Man’: Gender and Male-Caregiving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in WW1

Histories of Emotion: Early Modern Mothers, in Their Own Words

Thomas Morris: Plum stone colick

Nursing Clio: Sunday Morning Medicine

TECHNOLOGY:

The Guardian: Who invented the cash machine? I did – and all I earned was £10

Conciatore: Pebbles from Pavia

Conciatore: Scraping the Barrel

Conciatore: Glass from Tinsel

IMechE Archive and Library: One Birdcage Walk

AMS Blogs: Happy Birthday, Claude Shannon

New Republic: How Literature Became Word Perfect

Independent.ie: To the 19th Century genius who began the digital revolution – Prof Boole, take a bow

London Reconnections: London’s First Highway

Original Canary Wharf ‎Pier for RiverBus services. Courtesy Darryl Chamberlain,

Original Canary Wharf ‎Pier for RiverBus services. Courtesy Darryl Chamberlain,

Yovisto: The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley

The Met: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The Piano: The Pianofortes of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731)

Distillations Blog: The Art of Metal Filaments

Distillations Blog: The Transnational Light Bulb

distillatio: And another one bites the dust

Yovisto: Gustav Eiffel and his Famous Tower

The Devil’s Take: Daisy, Daisy…

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

The Maintainers: Creating a Factory-based Repair System in a Chinese Industrial Enterprise, 1961

The New York Times: Solving the Mystery of Ancient Ink Origins

Alembic Rare Books: Two Georgian Era Magnifying Glasses

Boston Globe: The qwerty history of the word processor

Scientific Instrument Society: Reverse Printed Paper Instruments [pdf]

Engineering Timeline: Thames Flood Barrier

The Huffington Post: London Would Have Been Submerged Without Thames Barrier Shocking Picture Reveals

Ancient Origins: The ancient invention of the steam engine by the Hero of Alexandria

The Public Domain Review: Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

Illustration from an 1851 English edition of Hero’s Pneumatica, in which he describes machines working on air, steam or water pressure

Illustration from an 1851 English edition of Hero’s Pneumatica, in which he describes machines working on air, steam or water pressure

Bristol Scout: 1 May 1916

Cambridge University Library Special Collections: Manuscript Image of the Month – The Maxim Airplane

Smithsonian.com: 26 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciate

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Glow Worm Quote

Atlas Obscura: Here Are the Medals Given to Eugenically Healthy Humans in the 1920s

BBC News: DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked

Natue: The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Chapentier’s life

Scientific American: Laelaps: There’s Something Fishy about This Fossil Bird

Scientific American: Laelaps: Paleo Profile: The Light-Footed Lizard

The Guardian: John James Audubon and the natural history of a hoax

 A page from Constantine Rafinesque’s field notebook, with a ‘big-eye jumping mouse’, a ‘lion-tail jumping mouse’, a ‘three-striped mole rat’ and a ‘brindled stamiter’. Photograph: Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # SIA2012-6065.

A page from Constantine Rafinesque’s field notebook, with a ‘big-eye jumping mouse’, a ‘lion-tail jumping mouse’, a ‘three-striped mole rat’ and a ‘brindled stamiter’. Photograph: Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # SIA2012-6065.

Atlas Obscura: Audubon Made Up at Least 28 Fake Species to Prank a Rival

NYAM: “How Many Stamens Has Your Flower?” The Botanical Education of Emily Dickinson

From Shanklin: From Shanklin

Science League of America: Who Was the Occupant? Part 1

Atlas Obscura: Scientists Uncover a Huge Trove of Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica

Yovisto: On the Road with Alexander von Humboldt

Matteo Farinella: Alexander von Humboldt

Wildlife Article: Celebrating the legacy of John Muir

TrowelBlazers: Lady Rachel Workman MacRobert

Lady MacRobert

Lady MacRobert

Phys Org: Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs’ extinction, study confirms

All Things Georgian: Reports of seismic activity in 18th century England

Smithsonian.com: The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum

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CHEMISTRY:

Kroto Quot

The Telegraph: Sir Harry Kroto – obituary

The Guardian: Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel prize-winning chemist, dies at 76

NCSE: Harry Kroto dies

University of Sussex: Tribute to Sir Harry Kroto

Kroto Picture

BBC News: Tributes for Nobel prize chemist Harry Kroto

The Guardian: Sir Harry Kroto obituary

The New York Times: Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist, Is Dead at 76

The Guardian: Letters: Harry Kroto: scientist with the common touch

Youtube: Chemistry World: Remembering Harry Kroto

UCR Today: UC Riverside Professor Robert Haddon Advocated for the Smallest of Particles

Science life and times: A blue plaque for Dorothy

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META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Academia: The Scientific Education of a Renaissance Prince: Archduke Rudolf at the Spanish Court

Yovisto: The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace

The transept façade of the original Crystal Palace Source: Wikimedia Commons

The transept façade of the original Crystal Palace
Source: Wikimedia Commons

OUP Blog: What is really behind Descartes’ famous doubt?

Plato’s Footnote: Progress in Science – I

JHI Blog: We Have Never Been Presentist: On Regimes of Historicity

Physics Central: Physics Buzz Blog: Like Parent, Like Child

The Maintainers: A Conference

Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world 1450–1800

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: What Should Historians be Thinking About – Part 5 (Link to other four parts)

JHI Blog: Shame, Memory, and the Politics of the Archive

Wellcome Library: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Online Free Texts

Historiann: Wikipedia in the classroom: check out these new bios of early American women!

Slate: Is History Written About Men, by Men?

Niche: #EnvHist Daily

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ESOTERIC:

Drive.google.com: Depicting the Medieval Alchemical Cosmos: George Ripley’s Wheel of Inferior Astronomy

Social Epistemology: Was Feyerabend Right in Defending Astrology? A Commentary on Kidd, Massimo Pigliucci

Paul Feyerabend's Horoscope

Paul Feyerabend’s Horoscope

Yovisto: The Prophecies of Nostradamus

BOOK REVIEWS:

Scientific American: Constructing the Modern Mind

ISIS: Picture and Conversations: How to Study the Visual Cultures of Science

Medievalists.net: Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount

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MeHum Fiction – Daily Dose: Medieval Robots

Berfois: The Story of Napalm

Notches: The Religious Right and the Politics of Sexuality: An Interview with Neil J. Young

The Spectator: Steve Jones’s chaotic theory of history

Nature: Physics: Material to meaning

THE: The Experimenal Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science, by Jan Golinski

The New York Times: ‘Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?’ and ‘The Genius of Birds’

 

NEW BOOKS:

Nouveautés Éditeurs: La Peur: Etude psychologique des effets et de la cause

puf: La mort et le soin

Princeton University Press: The Mushroom at the End of the World

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University of Wales Press: Robert Recorde: Tudor Scholar and Mathematician

L’Harmattan: Les Médecines À Travers Les Réseaux Sociaux

L’Harmattan: Santé Riche et Médecine Pauvre

Historiens de la santé: Weill Cornell Medicine: A History of Cornell’s Medical School

ART & EXHIBITIONS

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: Captain Cook By Nathaniel Dance Holland

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The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Journal of Art in Society: Science Becomes Art

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30 October 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922 Closes 30 May 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

Bodleian: Marks of Genius

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Bridging the World: Benjamin Baker of Frome 5 March–21 May 2016

Exhibition Nancy

 

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Globe Exhibition

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

New York Public Library: Printmaking Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900 Runs till 27 May 2016

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

CLOSING SOON: National Library of Scotland: Plague! A cultural history of contagious diseases in Scotland Runs till 29 May 2016

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Cambridge Science Museum: Cosmic Runs still 30 Jun 2016

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

 

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

University of Cambridge: Understanding gravity – from Newton to Hawking

The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

 

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016

 

EVENTS:

NYAM: The Lilian Sauter Lecture: Twenty-Five Years into the Intersex Patients Rights Movement, Why Aren’t We Done? 18 May 2016

http://nyam.org/events/event/twenty-five-years-intersex-patient-rights-movement-why-arent-we-done/?utm_content=buffer4b65c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-expanding-universe

University of Greenwich: Seminar: ‘Mag. and Met.’: the origins and early years of the Magnetic and Meteorological Department at Greenwich Observatory 25 May 2016

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=mersenne;c476beef.1605&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: Joyous and deliberate motherhood: birth control nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers Clinic, 1921-1931 26 May 2016

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=mersenne;5ccd2669.1605&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=mersenne;5ccd2669.1605&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The Royal Institution: Family Fun Day: Imaginative Inventions 15 May 2016

http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2016/may/public-family-fun-day–imaginative-inventions

Brompton Cemetery: London Alchemy: Socery, Gin and Spooky Music in a Cemetery Chapel 4-5 June 2016

http://londonist.com/2016/05/london-alchemy-sorcery-gin-and-spooky-music-in-a-cemetery?utm_content=buffer5fcc0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Leonardo da Vinci Society Annual Lecture: Art and Anatomy in the 15th and 16th centuries Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, Strand, London 13 May 2016

http://histoiresante.blogspot.de/2016/05/art-et-anatomie-aux-15e-et-16e-siecles.html

Flamsteed Astronomy Society: “Fame, fortune, misery, disaster – the lives and times of the Royal Observatory’s nineteenth century Assistants and Computers” 10 May 2016

Royal Institution: Lecture: No Need For Geniuses 11 May 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of England: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner 17 May 2016 

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh: We’re Not in Kirkcaldy Anymore: Scottish Adventures in Medicine 15 May 2016 

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh: Polar Adventure: Explorations in Geology 13 May 2016

Almond Valley Heritage Centre Millfield Livingston: Terrible Consequences 14 & 15 May 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and The History of Understanding

BSHS: Upcoming Lecture: Henry Wellcome Pharmacist Royal Pharmaceutical Society 23 May 2016

London Fortean Society: Snake Oil! The Golden Age of Quackery in Britain and America 26 May 2016

Museum of History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Leeds University: History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 5) 10 May 2016

NYAM: Lecture: The Discovery of Insulin – A Miracle Drug, A Nobel Prize Controversy, and the Story of Elizabeth Hughes 10 May 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Festival of Museums 2016 – Glasgow’s Marvellous Medicine 14 May 2016

Things

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Boston Medical Library: Lecture: Prescription Drug Abuse in American History:

The Polar Museum: Lucky 13 Storytelling from the polar regions of the world 13 May 2016

Royal Society: Lecture: Hasok Chang: Who cares about the history of science? 10 May 2016

Birkbeck, University of London: The History of Number Theory 21 May 2016

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

Discover Medical London: “Dr Dee” & The Magic of Medicine A Special Half Day Tour 27 May 2016

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

 

 PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

William Hunter lecturing, by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-2

William Hunter lecturing, by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-2

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Vimeo: Linda Hall Library: Karl Galle: The Unknown Copernicus: Spies; Printers, Amazons, and Body-Snatchers in an Age of Astronomical Revolution

Youtube: Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish, Part 1

Youtube: Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish, Part 2

RADIO & PODCASTS:

CHF: Episode 143: Fairyland of Chemistry

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know: Alchemy with Damien Patrick Williams

Newsworks: From pages to pixels, the invention of the eReader

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Columbia University: Exploring the Philosophy of Émile du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Conférence des étudiant.e.s du NHRU-URHN: Briser les silences de l’histoire du nursing et de la santé 19 Mai 2016

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: History and Philosophy of Chemistry Workshop 11-12 May 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616–1703) Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography, 1n 17th Century 9 June 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHS, BJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

The deadline for abstract submission for the 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature, Poellau, Austria and the Workshop “Nature(s), Humans and God(s)” on Syros Island, Greece has been extended to 15th of May 2016.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Wikipedia: Meetup/DC/Early Modern Edit-a-Thron

New York University Library: Manuscript Cookbooks Conference 12–13 May 2016

Durham University: Workshop: Utilitarianism and Medicine: Past and Tresent Perspectives 11 May 2016

Staffordshire University: Workshop: Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics 19 May 2016

 

Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars

Conferene

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

University of St. Andrews: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (SSEMP VII) 5–6 May 2016 Programme

MSH Lorraine, Nancy: “Mathématiques et mathématiciens à Metz (1750-1870): dynamiques de recherche et d’enseignement dans un espace local” 12 Mai 2016

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880
Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

EHESS, Paris: Journée d’étude: Genre, humeurs et fluides corporels. Moyen Âge & Époque moderne 19 Mai 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

Columbia University: The Center for Science & Society: Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

Organisé par Alexandre Klein (Université d’Ottawa): Histoire des relations de santé aux XIXe et XXe siècles 11 mai 2016

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 Call for Abstract: deadline 30 April 2016

History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge: Workshop: Informal Aspects of Uncertainty Evaluation 20 May 2016

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

 

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

University of Leeds: Northern Renaissance Seminar: Programme: Communication, Correspondence and Transmission in the Early Modern World 12-13 May 2016

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Society and th Sea

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science: Annual Conference Programme 28–30 May 2016

Women hist phil

 

 

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

University of Warwick: Workshop: Early Modern Experimental Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Religion 10–11 May 2016

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Notre Dame: Assistant Director of Education: This position supports the Directors of the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program

Science Museum: The Science Museum is looking for post-grads and early-career researchers to work on short research projects.

University of Oxford: Departmental Lecturer in the History of Medicine

Science Museum Group: Keeper of Technologies & Engineering

Durham University: Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University on ‘British Newsreels at War, 1939–1945’

TU Munich: New Masters Program in STS

 

 

 

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