Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 3

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 #3

Monday 7 July 2014


The last seven days has raced by like the Tour de France cyclists currently pedalling their way furiously through God’s own Country and like the proverbial bad penny Whewell’s Gazette has turned up for a third time bringing you the best of the histories of science, medicine and technology that our doughty editorial team have scooped up out of the Internet during the last week.

The majority of the British historians of Science have been at the British Society for the History of Science annual conference in St. Andrews this last week making the editorial staff of Whewell’s Gazette very envious with their flood of tweets extolling the wonderful lectures on offer.



The 10 August this year sees the first round of the first ever direct presidential election in Turkey. One of the candidates is

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

who as well as being a diplomatis also a chemist and a historian of science.

Ihsanoğlu is the founder and was first chair (1984–2000) of the first Department of History of Science in Turkey, which he established at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Istanbul. As far as Whewell’s Gazette is aware this is the first time that a historian of science has campaigned to be elected head of state of a country.

We would like to thank Ahmet Yükseltürk for drawing our attention to this fascinating piece history of science history.



Retronaut: 1836: Life on the Moon

Life on the Moon

Life on the Moon

Ciclops: Captain’s Log: Reflections on ten years of Cassini

Uncertain Principles: The Mumbling Philosopher (Niels Bohr)

Yovisto: Hans Bethe and the Energy of the Stars

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Planetary Tables and Heliocentricity: A Rough Guide

New York Time: Obituary: Bruno Zumino Dies at 91, Sought to Tie Together Laws of Universe

Zoonomian: Virtual Recreation of Newton’s ‘Experimentum Crucis’ Two Prism Experiment

OUP blog: True or False? Ten myths about Isaac Newton


Board of Longitude Project: Making Progress: Hogarth and the Foundling Hospital

BBC: What Leonardo taught us about the heart

Medical Museion: Scale in Medicine as an Exhibition Principle

Yovisto: Ignaz Semmelweis and the Importance of Washing Your Hands as a Doctor

Remedia: A Botched Job: Surgery and the Politics of Pain

Neatorama: Anatomical Venus: Medical Models from 18th Century Europe

Anatomical Venus

Anatomical Venus

Dittrick Museum Blog: Arguing Insanity: The Trial of President Garfield’s Assassin


JOE.MY.GOD: 33 Years Ago Today: The first report on AIDS


Hyperallergic: Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment

Scientific American Guest Blog: When Scientists Experiment on Themselves: H. pylori and Ulcers


Futility Closet: Advice to Darwin

Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.) Part II:

Kestrels and Cerevisae: “Experimental Evolution Amongst Plants” (1895)


The Embryo Project: Barbara McClintock (1902–1992) and Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845–1916)

Leaping Robot Blog: Big Science, Bigger Data: International Geophysics Year 1957

Began 1 July 1957

Wired: Fantastically Wrong: The Legendary Scientist Who Swore Our Planet Is Hollow

Twilight Beasts: The bear necessities

Società Geologica Italiana: Galileo as Gemmologist: The First Attempt in Europe at Scientifically Testing Gemstones – (PDF)

Rosetta Stones: Why Fireworks Depend on Geology


The Quack Doctor: ‘A new sensation’ – hair-brushing by machinery

Conciatore: On The Path of Antonio Neri

History Today: Alternative Designs for Tower Bridge

Proposal by W.F.C. Holden to encase the bridge in glass to protect it during the Second World War.

Proposal by W.F.C. Holden to encase the bridge in glass to protect it during the Second World War.

University of Galsgow Library: Professor Archibald Barr and the optical rangefinder

Halley’s Log: Halley’s Maritime Experience Part 2: His Diving Bell

Board of Longitude Project: Decoding Harrison

TIME: As Sony’s Walkman Turns 35, a Look Back at Its Inception

The Spinning Sheep: 16th Century Textile Cleaning and Stain removing Techniques

Popular Mechanics: When Irreplaceable History Lives on Obsolete Tech

The History of Parliament: Finding latitude in longitude: Parliamentary funding of early modern science and technology


Fiction Reboot Daily Dose: MedHum Mondays: NYAM on Public Outreach

Chronologia Universalis: My life as a scribe

Persistent Enlightenment: Foucault, the “History of Thought” and the Question of Enlightenment

Video: Prof Jon Agar: Science and the First World War (26 June 2014)

Notes & Records of the Royal Society: Philomaths, Herschel, and the myth of the self-taught man by Emily Winterburn (PDF)

Astrolabes and Stuff: Arabic in Amman: Immersion?

Public Domain Review: Palacio’s Plan for Colossal Monument to Columbus (1890)


Yovisto: Adolf Furtwängler and Photographic Archaeology

American Institute of Physics: Busy week in the history programs

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Published on …


Comics Worth Reading: “Imitation Gamer” Biography of Alan Turing Online


British Library Medieval manuscripts blog: Art and Alchemy

Conciatore: Strange Bedfellows: Alchemy and Catholicism


Brain Pickings: The Science of Mental Time Travel: Memory and How Our Ability to Imagine the Future Made Us Human


Philosopher’s Eye: Open Access to Wittgenstein Nachlass

Elsevier: Postdoc free access program

National Maritime Museum: TALK 10 July 2014 The Design and Development of Sailing Ships

ISPC Annual Conference 2014 7-9 July 2014-07-06

Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies

Chronologia Universalis: Computus is Coming: 5th Conference of the Science of Computus

CfP: Mathematical readers in the early modern world: 18-19 December 2014 All Souls College Oxford

Longitudes Examined: Tercentenary Conference on the History of the Board of Longitude and the Determination of Longitude at Sea Friday 25–Saturday 26 July 2014

New Book: Manchester University Press The neurologists A history of a medical specialty in modern Britain, c.1789–2000 Stephen T. Casper

University of Bonn: Conference Egyptian and Jewish Magic in Antiquity 6th-9th July, 2015.

Historians of science and medicine: fancy writing a guest post for ‘Forbidden Histories’? See ‪here for scope & topics

NYAM: Celebrate Andreas Vesalius’ 500th Birthday with us on October 18

The Brewery History Society Blog: “Beer writing – past, present and future” Thursday, 23rd October 2014

A Brown Bag Talk at ACP: John Wheeler’s H-bomb blues: Searching for a missing document at the height of the Cold War

Exhibition: National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

Exhibition Cambridge University Library: The 500th Anniversary of Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564)

CfP Technologies of Daily Life in Ancient Greece 3 July 2015 Swansea University


The University of Leeds Centre for History and Philosophy of Science invites applications to its Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships scheme

Wellcome Trust are looking for an Events Officer

Well that’s all for another week. Like the Tour de France Peleton Whewell’s Gazette rolls on and we’ll be back next Monday with another collection of #histsci, #histmed and #histtech goodies.
















About thonyc

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