Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 8

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 #8

Monday 11 August 2014


Our editorial-staff is back from the first part of their holiday and managed to scrape together a somewhat deficient new edition of our links aggregator for the last seven days of Internet history of science, technology and medicine. If they missed your brilliant definitive blog post, sorry!   WE missed slightly less than we might have done because the spirit of seventeenth-century alchemist and glassmaker Antonio Neri popped over to help Mr Whewell in the absence of those who are supposed to do the job, for which we are very grateful

Next weeks edition will also be somewhat curtailed as the editorial-staff are going away again for the weekend. You just can’t get good workers these days! As a result next weeks edition will appear on Tuesday and not our regular Monday.




BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK: William Hamilton and John Venn


Aperiodical: John Venn is 180


Irish Philosophy: What has Hamilton to do with philosophy?

Ernst Haeckel

Letters from Gowana: Ernst Haeckel, The Scientist as an Artist

Embryo Project: Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel

Youtube: Video: Proteus 2004

"Nothing is constant but change! All existence is a perpetual flux of being and becoming!"

“Nothing is constant but change! All existence is a perpetual flux of being and becoming!”

Shells and Pebbles: “Illegal Science” – The Case of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) and German Biology Education


The Renaissance Mathematicus: “…realigning the heavens with a single stroke of the brush.” – Really?

Perimeter Institute: 10 Great Quotes from Richard Feynman

APS: Focus: Landmarks – Discovery of Particles inside the Proton

Science Notes: August 8 is Paul Dirac’s birthday

Leaping Robot: Remembering Dr Comet

The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: The Kyoto misconception

BBC: Will the Rosetta mission finally end our fear of comets?

Comets in History

Science Notes: August 10 marks the passing of Henry Moseley.

Starts With A Bang: The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Physics Today: Navier-Stokes equations remain elusive


CBC News: Franklin search: Jim Balsillie, warship all part of largest effort yet to find lost ships

National Maritime Museum: The Art and Science of Exploration


The Triangle: The Graduates

Early Modern Medicine: Wounded at War

Wonders and Marvels: Poisoning Enemies in the Ancient Mideast

From The Hands of Quacks: Surgeons & Surgical Kits

Thought Catalog: Sick Roses: Disease And The Art of Medical Illustration

Boing boing: Dery on Disease and Art


The Public Domain Review: “O, Excellent Air Bag”: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide

Shells and Pebbles: The Chemical Skeleton: Why Chemistry Mattered to 18th-century Medicine




A Medley of Potpourri: Alfred Russel Wallace

Letters from Gonwana: African Paleoclimate and Early Hominin Evolution


Yovisto: Nicolas-Jacques Conté and the Pencil

Science Notes: August 5 is Neil Armstrong’s birthday

Ptak Books: Digital “Computers” 1450-1750: Memory and Calculating on the Fingers and Hands

Oxford Centre for Life-Writing: Alexi Baker on science, sales and spectacles in 18th-century London

Ri Science: One of the first ever drawings of a fuel cell (1842)


Yovisto: Marvin Minsky and Artificial Neural Networks

The Atlantic: The Never-Before-Told Story of the World’s First Computer Art (It’s a Sexy Dame)


Cross-Check: A Brief Correspondence on Copernicus, Descartes, Kant, Darwin, Freud, George Ellis and Thomas Nagel (among Others)

The Recipes Project: First Monday Library Chat: Rijksmuseum

Guardian: Academics fear for Warburg Institute’s London Library, saved from the Nazis

Somatosphere: In the Journals, July 2014 – Part 1

John Stewart: Wikipedia in the Classroom

The H–Word Blog: Not moribund at all! An historian of medicine’s response to Richard Horton

Wellcome Library: Is Medical History Dead?

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Being a Medical History Blogger


Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Astrology and the novatores

The Appendix: Divine Reverie: Revelation, Dream Interpretation, and Teeth in Antiquity

homunculus: On the side of the angels

Yovisto: Abu Ma’shar al-Balkhi – The Prince of Astrologers

Nautilus: Why We Can’t Rule Out Bigfoot

Conciatore: Report from Parnassus

Conciatore: The Curious Reader


Chemical Heritage Society: Peter J. Bowler. Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 328 pp.

Academia.edu: Web of Nature: Martin Lister (1639-1712), the First Archaeologist…


Slate: How Accurate Is The Knick’s Take on Medical History?

Dr. William Halsted, inspiration for Clive Owen's character in AtTheKnick,  operating in 1904

Dr. William Halsted, inspiration for Clive Owen’s character in AtTheKnick, operating in 1904

NYAM: Bare-knuckle surgery? Why no gloves on The Knick

NYAM: It’s All in the Details


New Book: Piers Hale: Political Descent. Malthus, Mutualism and the Politics of Evolution

Hyperallergic: 15 Million Pages of Medical History are Going Online

Drawing of an embryo from “Hand-book of Physiology” by William Senhouse Kirkes (1860) via Wellcome Library

Drawing of an embryo from “Hand-book of Physiology” by William Senhouse Kirkes (1860) via Wellcome Library

New Book: Russian California, 1806-1860: A History in Documents

History of Science Society: HSS 2014 –– Preliminary Program


Jonathan Eisen’s Lab: Director of Charles Darwin research Station in Galapagos

Saxton Bampfylde: Director The Warburg Institute, University of London

Call for John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Fellowships: Applications in the areas of Revolutions in Print, Religions and Science and Medicine are especially welcome






































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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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