Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 6

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 #6

Monday 28 July 2014



Another week and another edition of the history of science, medicine and technology weekly digest for your delectation. This weeks featured birthday is British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin who was born 25 July 1920 and gained fame chiefly for her picture of the DNA crystal. Now it might have been the case in earlier decades that Franklin did not receive the acknowledgement for her scientific achievements that she deserved but that is now history and Franklin’s contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA and the injustice that was possibly done to her has been written about, lectured on, broadcast in TV and radio and generally made very, very public, so could the Franklin fan club please stop moaning about it and instead maybe emphasise some of her other equally important scientific work; she wasn’t just a one trick pony.




BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK: Rosalind Franklin


Hark a Vagrant:

Chemical Heritage Foundation: James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin

The Primate Diaries: Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of DNA

Yovisto: Rosalind Franklin and the Beauty of the DNA Structure


AEON: Cognitive celebrity: Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one

Corpus Newtonicum: Newton’s Working Practices (2) – I did it my way …

Symmetry: Exploratorium exhibit reveals the invisible

Yovisto: Friedrich Bessel and the Distances of Stars

Blink: Newton on the Ganges

New York Times: TV preview: Testing the Big Kaboom Theory: ‘Manh(a)ttan’, Atomic Bomb Drama on WGN

Science News: Logarithms celebrate their 400th birthday

Slate The Vault: A physicist eyewitness sketches the first atomic test


NOAA Coast Survey: Whistler hints at artistic flair during Coast Survey stint

Yovisto: Joseph Nicollet and the Upper Mississippi River

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition


Ask the Past: How to Improve Hearing, 1658

Nursing Clio: Desertion, Martial Manhood, and Mental Illness

Othmeralia: A Movable Atlas Showing the Mechanism of Vision

Circulating Now: The “Wound Man” in Two Recent Acquisitions

Wound Man

Boing boing: This is a 19th-century breastpump

19th century breast pump

The Recipes Project: A Peculiar Late Babylonian Recipe for Fumigation Against Epilepsy

Science made Easy: What can we learn from the Liverpool Cholera Riots?

Social History of Medicine Virtual Issue: Disease, Health & the State

Conciatore: Francesco and Bianca: were they poisoned?


Chemical Heritage Society: Chemical Heritage Magazine



The Embryo Project: Edward B Lewis

The Embryo Project: Charles Darwin’s Theory of Pangenesis

Discover: Inkfish: How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin’s Library

Yovisto: Thomas Say and his Love for Beetles


Scientific American: 250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice

Chemical Heritage Foundation: True Science, Fake History: Francesco Redi

Parks & Gardens UK: Elephants and the royal menagerie…

Trowel Blazers: Annie Pirie Quibell

Robert Hooke’s London: Micrographia inspires artists and creative writers

New York Academy of Medicine: Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (Item of the Month)


Go East London: Dr John C Taylor OBE Contributes to Greenwich ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars’ Exhibition

Conciatore: True Colour Reprise

Slate The Vault: 19th-century Japanese prints showing the trials of Western inventors

Medieval manuscripts blog: Conservation in the 17th Century

Video: Diana and Stag Automaton (c 1610) in Motion

Classically Inclined: The vexed question of the departmental photocopier, circa 1903

Epoch Times: 1600-Year-Old Goblet Shows Romans Used Nanotechnology

Yovisto: It’s a computer! – The fabulous Commodore Amiga

Yovisto: Isaac Singer and the Sewing Machine

Fornax Chimiae: Geared to the Stars

Retronaut: 1931: Airport on top of King’s Cross Station London


Laughing Squid: A Brief History of the Theremin, An Eerie-Sounding Early Electronic Instrument That Gave Rise to the Synthesizer

National Museum of American History: Are these John Wilkes Booth’s field glasses?


Leila Write Stuff: Creating an Inderdisciplinary Syllabus: The Moon as a Cultural Phenomena

The Appendix: Honey, You’re Scaring the Kids

Brain Flapping: Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

Guardian: From Roots to Riches: the power of plants – podcast

Books and Culture: The Two Cultures, Then and Now

Conciatore: Don Giovanni in Flanders

Ptak Science Books: On Historical Equalities of Garbage

The Daily Beast: The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers

The Royal Institution: Spotlight on Harriet Jane Moore


The Royal Society: Podcast: Cultivating Eureka

Social Minds: Cultivating Eureka written summary

Brain Pickings: Amelia Earhart on Marriage

io9: Einstein’s Advice to Women in Science Still Relevant More Than 60 Years Later

Uncertain Principles: Ten Inessential Papers in Quantum Physics

Ether Wave Propaganda: From Biosocial Anthropology to Social Biology: Some Thoughts on Intellectual Communities in the Post-war Sciences

Compass Wallah: Reading list: A Garden of Stars


The Phrenological Journal

Leaping Robot: Timothy Leary SMI2Les at Carl Sagan

Medievalists Net: Murder, Alchemy and the War of the Roses


OSWEGO State University of New York: New book traces science advances to ancient Asian culture

NPR Books: How Scientists Created a Typhus Vaccine In a ‘Fantastic Laboratory

The Lancet: We are the dead: The Sick Rose: Or, Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Social History of Medicine: Hilary Marland, Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920


New Book: UBC Press: Daniel Macfarlane ‘Negotiating a River

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Colloquium: Principles in Early< Modern Thought

Darwin Correspondence Project: Letters Course: Letters as a Primary Source

Television: WGN’s “Manhattan” series premiere to scintillate viewers with science, secrets & sex

American Museum of Natural History: Exhibition: Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustrations from the Museum Library

Heterodoxology: Lecture: August 6th: Andreas Kilcher lectures on “Materialization: Occult Research on the Soul”.

Jurassic London: New Book: “Irregularity” is about the tension between order and chaos in the 17th and 18th centuries

Gravity Fields: 17th Century Masterchef 28 September

British Society for the History of Science: International conference on the History of Physics 4-5 Sept 2014 Trinity College Cambridge DEADLINES!!


British Science Association: New vision, new structure, new opportunities:- New Jobs!

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: Head Librarian

Lancaster University: Part-time Senior Research Associate Working on the MHRA funded Davy Letters Project

































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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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