Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 7

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 #7

Monday 04 August 2014



We are already up to the seventh edition of our little Internet journal, which seeks to anthologise all the best of the histories of science, medicine and technology to be found in cyberspace in the last seven days. Seven was also the number of the wandering stars or planets counted in the astronomy of the ancients a fact reflected in the names of our astrological week: Sun-day, Moon-day, Mars-day (Tuesday is Mardi in French), Mercury-day (Wednesday is Mercredi in French), Jupiter-day (Thursday is Jeudi in French) Venus-day (Friday is Vendredi in French) and Saturn-day.

Wheel of properties of the seven planets Bohme 1682

Wheel of properties of the seven planets Bohme 1682

Astronomy, but not astrology, was just one of the multitudinous interests of the extraordinary seventeenth-century polymath Robert Hooke (28.07.1635-3.03.1703 ns) who is our birthday boy for this edition. Our favourite Hooke expert Dr Felicity Henderson (@felicityhen) has sent off a Google Doodle proposal for Hooke’s Micrographia, which celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2015. We hope her endeavours will be crowned with success.


This Week’s Featured Tweet: A series of thought provoking tweets from Nicholas Evans (@neva9257) on the use of the word science:

Pro-tip: things get weird immediately after you start the sentence “science is…” “Science” variously describes 1) a collection of facts; 2) a series of criteria for confirming those facts; 3) a set of methods for pursuing those criteria;4) an institution housing those methods; 5) a collection of agents that inhabit, guide and modify that institution; 6) all of the above;7) none of the above;8) some combination 1-7. So the second you start with “science is good/bad/awesome/evil/neutral/bunnies/etc.” I’d love to know about which “science” you are talking.





British Library: Fleas, moulds and plant cells: under a 17th century microscope with Robert Hooke

History of Geology: July 18, 1635(os): Robert Hooke

The Royal Society: Microscopic views of a spider (spot the error!)

It’s not a spider it’s a harvestman! h/t Matthew Cobb

It’s not a spider it’s a harvestman! h/t Matthew Cobb

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

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

Renaissance Mathematicus: Making the indiscernible visible: Robert Hooke’s Micrographia

Wallification: Happy Birthday to Robert Hooke

Science Museum: Brought to Life: Robert Hooke (1635-1703)

Hooke’s London: A mackerel sky


Guardian: Smashing Physics: How we discovered the Higgs boson (podcast)

Uncertain Principles: The Fermi Alternative

Forbes: Launching today: The Georges Lemaître: Last of the European ATV Space Vehicles

Guardian: The dreams of invisibility

Medievalists Net: A New Set of Fourteenth Century Planetary Observations


The Renaissance Mathematicus: Johannes Kepler’s Somnium and Katharina Kepler’s Trial for Witchcraft: The emergence of a myth

The Renaissance Mathematicus: How much can you get wrong in an eight hundred word biographical sketch of a very famous sixteenth and seventeenth-century mathematicus and philosophicus? – One helluva lot it seems?


Youtube: Video: Carl Anderson’s Positron Photograph made 2 August 1932

The Curious Wavefunction: Celebrating the 1939 Leo Szilard letter to FDR and setting the record straight

Yovisto: John Tyndall and the Physics of Air


Board of Longitude Project: A pirate map

University Library of Utrecht: Cuba or Cyprus? : a remarkable copy of the Mercator-Hondius atlas from 1606


BBC: When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine

Fiction Reboot Daily Dose: MedHum Monday: Getting the Word Out with the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection

Circulating Now: The Question of Rest for Women

OUP Blog: Video: Does Pain Have a History?

New York Academy of Medicine: Naissance Macabre: Birth, Death, and Female Anatomy

CHoM News: Medical Heritage Library Digitizes Ida Cannon’s “Social Work in Hospitals”

The Recipes Project: Sweet as Honey

NPR: Why Somebody’s Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Irish Examiner: The Anatomy of a Lie – The Irish woman who lived as a man to practice medicine

BBC: The man who helped save 50 million lives

Guardian: Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever know


Yovisto: Stephanie Kwolek and the Bulletproof Vest

Kim Renfield: Rivalry over the First Periodic Table

Science Notes: August 3 marks the passing of Richard Willstätter


3 Quarks Daily: Killing Things

Darin Hayton: Ernst Haeckel’s Letter to E.D. Cope

Youtube: Video: German Bone Wars Musical! Harald Rosenberger “Der Kampf um die Knochen”

The Boston Globe: Blaschka’s sea creatures surface anew at Harvard

Motherboard: What Wiped Out the Dinosaurs? Very, Very Bad Luck

New Website: William Smith Online

The Sloane Letters Blog: Strange Pigs

The Embryo Project: Leonard Hayflick (1928-)

The Public Domain Review: Adriaen Coenen’s Fish Book (1580)

Fish Book

Sandwalk: Obituary: Walter Gehring (1939-2014)

Science Notes: August 1 is Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de la Marck’s birthday


The Atlantic: In 1858, People Said the Telegraph Was ‘Too Fast for the Truth’

Science Notes: July 30 is Vladimir Kozmich Zworykin’s birthday

Atlas Obscura: Electrum: The World’s Largest Tesla Coil

Retronaut: 1933: Proposed tower for the 1937 Paris Exposition

Paris Tower

Popular Science: Behind the Scenes of “The Whole Brilliant Enterprise”

Computer History Museum: The Cryotron: Extremely Rare Superconducting Digital Circuits Come to CHM

IEEE Spectrum: Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer

Ptak Books: A finely designed microscope ad, 1890

Renaissance Utterances: Jost Amman and the Wire Drawing Bench

Andrea M: Adolfo Wildtat’s Ear Shaped Entry Phone 1927


Conciatore: The Neighbors Reprise

Literacy of the Present: How Do You Like Your Science? Rare, Medium or Well-Done?

Yovisto: Karl Popper and the Philosophy of Science

Atomic Heritage Foundation: B Reactor Tours

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics: What Great Scientists Did When They Weren’t Doing Great Science

Cyborgology: An Extremely Brief History of Science and Technology Studies

Compass Wallah: East India Company & The Scientific Revolution

India House: The Sale Room

India House: The Sale Room

Conciatore: Celebrates his one-year bloggiversary: Gratitude


Astrologie in der Frühen Neuzeit: Astrology textbooks in different movements in the 16th century

Parapsychology: On the Antiquity of Psychic Phenomena

Nancy Marguerite Anderson: The Sasquatch Story

Heterodoxology: Launching “Occult Minds”: official website of my postdoctoral research project

History of Alchemy: Podcast: Christina of Sweden


Cambridge Journals: Immortal Longings: F.W.H. Myers and the Victorian Search for Live after Death

Times Higher Education: Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England, by Piers J. Hale

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Down, but Not Out Edward Shorter. How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown.

LSE: Are We All Scientific Experts Now? By Harry Collins

Brain Pickings: Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art


National Life Stories invites applications for the Goodison Fellowship to increase public knowledge and awareness of oral history (includes oral history of science)

Queen Mary University of London: CfP Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early 20th century.

The Sloane Letters Blog: An explanation for absence: Shark Bites and Sloane Bobs

Scientific American: Nature at War: A special collection of articles originally published between 1914 and 1918

Somatosphere: Foreign Correspondents: call for reviewers and books to be reviewed

New Website: William Smith Online

Royal College of Physicians: Exhibition: The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians 8 Sept 2014-13 Feb 2015

The Wellcome Library: The UK Medical Heritage Library: uniting digitised collections

Veterinary History London: The 41st Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) 10-13 September 2014

Wharf.co.uk: What’s on: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest For Longitude at National Maritime Museum


Gravity Fields: Lecture: Newton and the Apothecary Dr Anna Marie Roos 25 September 2014


University of Kent: Grading Evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology PhD Studentship and Postdoc Research Associate (philosophy of science)

Princeton University Press Editorial Assistant

Science Museum Group Explainer


The editorial staff of Whewell’s Gazette are going on holiday tomorrow and will have little time and possibly very little Internet access so there will probably not be an edition of your favourite history of science, technology and medicine link aggregator next week or if there is it will be severely curtailed.


































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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1 Response to Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 7

  1. Thanks for doing this, and have a nice holiday! Would you consider mentioning the English-language posts (about 1/2) from our Dutch history of science blog http://www.shellsandpebbles.com/ as well? I think our recent posts about Ernst Haeckel or Jerome Gaub would fit in quite well in this list.

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