Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 9

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 #9

Monday 18 August 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 9


Well the holiday season is finally over and our editorial staff are back chained to their computers scouring cyberspace for the weeks best history of science, technology and medicine bloggage and reporting.
As already announced last week this weeks edition in addition to being posted one day too late is also somewhat curtailed due to the fact that the staff were taking a short holiday break. If as a result we failed to include your history of STEM masterwork then sorry, better luck next time.
Tomorrow we are off to interview a new managing editor more of which in due course. In the meantime read and enjoy, there is much to get your teeth into.


Atomic Heritage Foundation: Profiles
Atomic Heritage Foundation: Women and the Bomb
Physics Today: The Dayside: A quiet revolution
The Renaissance Mathematicus: Galileo, Foscarini, The Catholic Church, and heliocentricity in 1615 Part 1 – the occurrences: A Rough Guide.

Halley’s Log: Halley and Longitude

Perceptions of Pregnancy: Sarah Siddons and the Performance of Pregnancy
Library of Congress: Ring Around the Rosie: Metafolklore, Rhyme and Reason
The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Disturbing Disorders: A Brief History of Harlequin Ichthyosis
History of Medicine in Oregon: Video: Videos index
Forbidden Histories: “Hypnosis in Spain (1888–1905): From Spectacle to Medical Treatment of Mediumship”. Second Online-First Article from Special Issue on Psychical Research
The Boston Globe: 19th century advances paved way for today’s Ebola treatment
NPR: The Secret History Behind The Science of Stress
Royal College of Physicians: Health and long life
Early Modern Medicine: The Mistaken Midwife

Caricature of a man-midwife as a split figure
Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Caricature of a man-midwife as a split figure
Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Psychology Today: A Long, Mad Century: Why did the (long) nineteenth century see the rise of the psychiatric asylum?
Museum of Health Care: Snakes, Mistakes, and Mythology! The Use of the Rod of Asclepius and the Caduceus in Modern Medicine
The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: The Anaesthetized Queen & the Path to Painless Childbirth
Ptak Books: Affairs of the Heart: Blood and Clouds, 1664

Image source National Library of Medicine

Image source National Library of Medicine

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet, Part 1

Forbes: The Cautious Pope and the Evolution Encyclical
The Conversation: Exhibit B puts people on display for Edinburgh International Festival
SciTech Connect: Celebrate ESA’s 99th Year by Learning the History of Ecology
The Return of Native Nordic Fauna: Treating humans as unnatural
Fossil History: George Busk: Scenes in History
Yovisto: Meet Sue, the Dinosaur
BHL: The Sea Dog: Exploring Man’s Discovery & Classification of the Shark
Society of Biology: The most admirable man in all science?
British Library: The Crystal Palace Game

Crystal Palace Game

Crystal Palace Game

American Museum of Natural History: Frozen Urine

Frozen Urine: Robert Hooke Micrographia

Frozen Urine: Robert Hooke Micrographia

The Beagle: Missives from John Murray Publishers: ‘My dear Hooker’: Charles Darwin’s friendship with Joseph Hooker, and how The Origin of Species couldn’t have been written without Kew Gardens
Environmental History Resources: Podcast: The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress
The Primate Diaries: Fire Over Ahwahnee: John Muir and the Decline of Yosemite

April 1963 (!) issue of “Scientific American” on Controversial Continental Drift h/t David Bressan

April 1963 (!) issue of “Scientific American” on Controversial Continental Drift h/t David Bressan


The New York Times: At Bletchley Park, a Reminder About the History of Cracking Codes

Othmeralia: The Art of Advertising: Dr Seuss advertised ball bearings!

Atlas Obscura: Warheads & Reactor Cores: Cuba’s Nuclear Legacy

Echoes From The Vault: Drawing With a Camera Lucida

Brass Camera Lucida in carrying case, ca. 1860’s

Brass Camera Lucida in carrying case, ca. 1860’s

Yovisto: John Logie Baird and the Television
Inside the Science Museum: The Historic Heart of our Information Age Gallery
Georgian Gentleman: Pimp my carriage Mister Coachbuilder!
Inside the Science Museum: Sending messages across the Atlantic: 156 years on from the first transatlantic cable

Specimens of the first transatlantic cable. Credit Science Museum

Specimens of the first transatlantic cable. Credit Science Museum


Guardian: Podcast: Did Aristotle invent science?
Genotopia: On city life, the history of science, and the genetics of race
Mother Nature Network: 7 scientists killed by their own experiments
Strange Behaviors: The Wall of the Dead: A Memorial to Fallen Naturalists
Active History: Digital Approaches to 19th Century Globalisation
Youtube: Video: John Wilkins: Philosophy of Science – An Introduction
Youtube: Video: John Wilkins: The Demarcation Problem – Science & Pseudoscience
Darin Hayton: Historian of Science: 20-Sided Reviewer’s Die for History of Science
From the Hands of Quacks: Exhibition review: Photo Essay: Vesalius at 500
Wellcome Library: The Well-travelled Archive

Prospect: Science gives power to the supernatural

Notches: The Bishop’s New Stockings, or The Dangers of Love Magic
Conciatore: Alchemy School Reprise
Conciatore: Filippo Sassetti
History of Alchemy: Podcast: Rosicrucianism


Fiction Reboot Daily Dose: MedHum Monday Presents: A Review of Skeleton Crew
Word & Film: After “The Knick”: 7 Fascinating Books on the History of Medicine

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

New York Academy of Medicine: Beard Dipping: New York Medicine 1900 Style
BBC: The Beauty of Anatomy
BBC: Plants: From Roots to Riches: Dynamic Rainforest
Guardian: Play Preview: Margaret Thatcher’s surprising relationship with Dorothy Hodgkin

The Friends of Charles Darwin: It’s easy to become a Friend of Charles Darwin ‘FCD’ and it doesn’t cost anything!

ChoM News: Casper Morley Epsteen Papers Now Open

Alcohol and Drugs History Society: ADHS conference, 18-21 June 2015 (call for papers)
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences Program August-December 2014
The Royal Society Print Shop now selling history of STEM prints!
National Maritime Museum: Expert talk: The Art of Longitude – the Famous Quest from Print to Film 4 Sept.
School of Advanced Studies University of London: Institute of English Studies: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology 10-12 July 2015 Call for Paper
New York Academy of Medicine: Festival of Medical History and the Arts, “Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500″ 18 October 2014
BSHS: Announcement: The Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Publishers Weekly: New Book: Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine
NYAM: Festival of Medical History and the Arts, “Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500” 18 Oct 2015: Registration
National Maritime Museum: Longitude in London Walking Tour with @beckyfh 30 August 2014

Blue plaque marking the workshop of Thomas Tompion and George Graham, Fleet Street (Rebekah Higgitt)

Blue plaque marking the workshop of Thomas Tompion and George Graham, Fleet Street (Rebekah Higgitt)

Smithsonian.com: The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)
CRASSH: Conference: Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum? 12-13 Dec 2014
Caro C: Ada Lovelace Day 2014 – A celebration of Women in STEM at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, London
Historiens de la santé: CfP Asylum Geographies: International Conference for Historical Geographers 5-10th July 2015, London.

National Science Foundation: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

Washington University in St. Louis: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – History of Medicine
University of Bristol: Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship: ‘The Life of Breath’ Philosophy of Medicine
Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

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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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