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Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell
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.
POLITICS AND THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE:
The 10 August this year sees the first round of the first ever direct presidential election in Turkey. One of the candidates is
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.
ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:
Retronaut: 1836: Life on the Moon
Ciclops: Captain’s Log: Reflections on ten years of Cassini
Uncertain Principles: The Mumbling Philosopher (Niels Bohr)
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
OUP blog: True or False? Ten myths about Isaac Newton
Board of Longitude Project: Making Progress: Hogarth and the Foundling Hospital
Medical Museion: Scale in Medicine as an Exhibition Principle
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
EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:
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)
Leaping Robot Blog: Big Science, Bigger Data: International Geophysics Year 1957
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
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
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
META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY and OTHER:
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)
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
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
Chronologia Universalis: Computus is Coming: 5th Conference of the Science of Computus
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
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)
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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.