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Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell
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.
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.
ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:
BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK: Robert Hooke
History of Geology: July 18, 1635(os): Robert Hooke
The Royal Society: Microscopic views of a spider (spot the error!)
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
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:
Guardian: Smashing Physics: How we discovered the Higgs boson (podcast)
Uncertain Principles: The Fermi Alternative
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
EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:
Board of Longitude Project: A pirate map
University Library of Utrecht: Cuba or Cyprus? : a remarkable copy of the Mercator-Hondius atlas from 1606
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
The Recipes Project: Sweet as Honey
Kim Renfield: Rivalry over the First Periodic Table
Science Notes: August 3 marks the passing of Richard Willstätter
EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:
3 Quarks Daily: Killing Things
Darin Hayton: Ernst Haeckel’s Letter to E.D. Cope
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)
Sandwalk: Obituary: Walter Gehring (1939-2014)
Science Notes: July 30 is Vladimir Kozmich Zworykin’s birthday
Atlas Obscura: Electrum: The World’s Largest Tesla Coil
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
META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:
Conciatore: The Neighbors Reprise
Literacy of the Present: How Do You Like Your Science? Rare, Medium or Well-Done?
Atomic Heritage Foundation: B Reactor Tours
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics: What Great Scientists Did When They Weren’t Doing Great Science
Compass Wallah: East India Company & The Scientific Revolution
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
History of Alchemy: Podcast: Christina of Sweden
Cambridge Journals: Immortal Longings: F.W.H. Myers and the Victorian Search for Live after Death
Chemical Heritage Foundation: Down, but Not Out Edward Shorter. How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown.
Brain Pickings: Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art
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
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
Gravity Fields: Lecture: Newton and the Apothecary Dr Anna Marie Roos 25 September 2014
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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.