Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 2

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


Volume #2

Monday 30 June 2014


Well our journal didn’t fold after one issue and we are back for a second round. Judging by the reception on Twitter we have found favour with some and this encourages us to continue. We return with bumper crop of history of science, medicine and technology harvested over the last seven days in cyberspace.




Scientific research papers by native Bengali authors during the nineteenth century (PDF)

Los Angeles Review of Books: Faking Galileo by Massimo Mazzotti

London Street Views: Francesco Amadio, Optician

Yovisto: Lyman Spitzer and the Space Telescope

American Institute of Physics: New Valentine Telegdi Photo Collection


E.R. McKean’s Improved Ambulance 10/11/1864

Top of the heap: Elizabeth Watkins recommends books on #histmed

NYAM Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health: Female moveable manikin 1599

CNN belief blog: How an apocalyptic plague helped spread Christianity 

Nursing Clio: Sunday Morning Medicine: A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history

Early Modern Medicine: An Overabundance of Advice

GIZMODO: 29 Anatomical Models that Will Haunt Your Dreams Tonight

armsandthemedicalman: ‘Men whose minds the dead have ravished’

BBC: Did disabled workers enjoy greater rights in centuries past?

Wellcome Library: A fresh perspective on the Great Stink?

The Recipes Project: Monastic Domestic Medicine in Italy

Erik Kwakkel: Pictures from a medieval surgery book

Wellcome Library: ‘Beds not Bombs’: the archive of the Medical Campaign against Nuclear Weapons

The Appendix: Fever to Tell: Interactive Storytelling Online and the History of Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever Outbreak, 1793

University College Dublin: The ‘hospital and cemetery of Ireland’: The Irish and Disease in Nineteenth-Century Liverpool by Stephen Bance


Ichthyosaurs: a day in the life …

Fossil History: Busk and the Neandertals Intro

Ask the Past: How to Reanimate a Frog, 1906

The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1771 (PDF)

Kew Royal Botanic Garden: Floreat Kew. In remembrance of the fallen

Phenomena: The Loom: The Zoo In The Mouth

medpage today: Gross Anatomy: 19th C Gyno Tools Save Famous Italian Foot

Paris Review: a dream of toasted cheese

Johns Hopkins Magazine: The sex manual in the sock drawer

Trowelblazers: Amelia Edwards: The Godmother of Egyptology

What’s in John’s Freezer: Just-So Science: revisiting Kipling’s kangaroos and elephants

io9: The Ornithologist Who Created Our Color Names

The Embryo Project: Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)


Swansea code breaker welcomes Bletchley Park restoration work

Board of Longitude project: Looking for a new John Harrison

The Bubble Chamber: Can Machines Think Yet? A Brief History of the Turing Test

Ptak Science Books: On the Continued Rediscovery of the Horizontal Pendulum

The Public Domain Review: Picturing Pyrotechnics

Conciatore: Galleria dei Lavori

Yovisto: Hermann Oberth’s Dream of Space Travel

Houghton Library: Illustration from the first book about calculating machines


Aeon Magazine: The sun does not rise

School of Wisdom: Tagore and Einstein

Book announcement: Culture Histories of the Material World

The New Yorker: The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong

George Campbell Gosling: Teaching Medical History

TED: Video: Historian of science Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Inside the Science Museum: Nine Things You Didn’t Know About the Science Museum


Sound Cloud: Lisa Jardine on Jacob Bronowski (and why she wrote 3 ‘boring’ books)


h-madnes: A Malady of Migration: a theatrical examination of diaspora, displacement and mental disorder in the 19th century.


Forbidden Histories: Amateurs, Empiricism, and the Tedium of Psychical Research. Guest Post by Alicia Puglionesi

Mysterious Planchette: A survey of curious devices for speaking to the dead. London Artifacts, Part 1: The CPS Spirit Trumpet


New York Times: ‘The Remedy’: A 19th –Century Bid to Cure TB

Scientific American: DIY Alchemy: How to “Transmute” Copper into Brass [Excerpt]

The New York Review of Books: The Bleeding Founders: Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health

Science League of America: End Times: Orekes and Conway’s Collapse of Western Civilization

Science, Technology, Medicine – and the State: The Science-State Nexus in Scandinavia, 1850–1980 — A special issue of Science in Context


Ada Lovelace Day for Schools 2014

Ada Lovelace Day Live 2014

Society for the History of Medicine AGM 12 July 2014

Radio 4 and Kew Gardens join forces to explore history of plant science

Academics, Darin Hayton wants to know why you blog.

CfP: The Marginalisation of Astrology (Utrecht, 19-20 March 2015)

NEW: Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences


Durham: Fully funded PhD studentship in integrated history and philosophy of science

Postdoc in the History of Emotion – University of Melbourne

PhD Studentship The History of the Metals Industry in Birmingham and the Black Country c. 1700 to c. 1850

Historiens de la santé: 3-­year Doctoral Fellowship on “Globalizing schizophrenia”

Postdoctoral research fellow in the history of emotions (Europe, 1100-1800)

Doctoral Student for 12 months in Philosophy of History and Historiography (incl. ‪#Histsci)

Science Museum: We’re looking for two brilliant Assistant Curators to help work on our new medical gallery.

Canada: Philosophy of Science PHIL / ASCI 2780H, Course Instructor

That’s all for this week posted just under the wire. Come back next week for Vol.3.

















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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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