Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #12

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 #12

Monday 08 September 2014



The dozen is full and you can now read the twelfth edition of the #histSTM weekly links list Whewell’s Gazette. It’s a bit early to be getting out the champagne but it would appear that our journal is in the process of becoming established.

Time to ask the reader(s) for a little feedback. Do you like what you see? Do you want it to continue? Do you have suggestions for improvements (that don’t involve too much work!). Do you have a #histSTM blog that we have consistently ignore? If so pipe up and demand attention! Your opinion is important to us (maybe!).

An important message to all, who use images in the Internet.


Exploding Baby Wombats

The 1 September saw a sad anniversary in the history of nature and the environment with one hundred years since the death of the last known passenger pigeon, Martha. Once one of the most numerous birds in North America it was no more. We start our journal this week with a round up of some, there were many more, of the articles remembering Martha and the fate of her once so numerous fellow pigeons.



A Martha Special:

Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) Catalog no. 461042 © AMNH/C. Chesek

Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) Catalog no. 461042
© AMNH/C. Chesek

American Museum of Natural History: Cautionary Anniversary: Last Passenger Pigeon Died 100 Years Ago

Scientific American: Observations: Black Skies No More: Passenger Pigeons Slaughtered

West Virginia Public Broadcasting: The Flight of the Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

Slate: The Loney Life and Mysterious Death of the Lasat Passenger Pigeon

Wildlife Activities: How many of our birds are destined to go the way of the passenger pigeon?

Live Science: A Century for the Last Passenger Pigeon

Bird Watching: On a Monument to the Pigeon, by Aldo Leopold

National Geographic: Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back

Smithsonian.com: 100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonates

environment 360: Fate of the Passenger Pigeon Looms as a Somber Warning

Financial Times: The extinction of the passenger pigeon

Natural History Museum: 100 passenger pigeon facts on the 100th anniversary of its extinction

The Lawson Trek: Along the Path: The Passenger Pigeon – – Returning to the Original Observers


Atomic Heritage: Marie Curie

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 2 – Franz Xaver von Zach

Wired: Fantastically Wrong: The Imaginary Radiation That Shocked Science and Ruined Its ‘Discoverer’

Compass Wallah: The Auroras of Bombay (1872)


Space Watchtower: Astronomy and World War II


The Renaissance Mathematicus: The naming of America

Yovisto: The Travels of William Dampier

Map of the East Indies from Dampier's "A New Voyage Round the World", published in 1697

Map of the East Indies from Dampier’s “A New Voyage Round the World”, published in 1697

Halley’s Log: Halley writes from Long Reach


SFARI: London as a crucible for autism in the 1950s

Figaries: The case of five children: who were inoculated in Dublin, on the 26th of August, 1725

Conciatore: Top Physician Reprise

From the Hands of Quacks: Refitting a Hospital during the Great War

Constructing Scientific Communities: ‘Sir: I am not a medical man…’: Laypeople and Medical Journals in the Nineteenth Century

NYAM: Patient Photographs and Medical Collecting

The Atlantic: How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

Notches: Where are the animals in the history of sexuality?

A Durok sow with her piglets (Wikimedia Commons)

A Durok sow with her piglets (Wikimedia Commons)

Swansea University: Obituary: University pays tribute to Professor Anne Borsay

The Conversation: Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods

The Atlantic: The Dawn of Modern Anesthesia

History of Medicine in Oregon: Leslie Kent became the first woman in the country elected president of a state medical association.


Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 1 – Carl Auer von Welsbach

SciLogs: Dorothy Hodgkin: The Queen of Crystallography

Nature: Milestones in Crystallography

Jennifer Sherman Roberts: Great Globs of Glowing Urine

Joseph Wright The Alchemist (Wikimedia Commons)

Joseph Wright The Alchemist (Wikimedia Commons)

Ptak Science Books: The Molecular World in Not-Quite 3-D

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet #4


Yovisto: Sergei Winogradsky and the Science of Bacteriology

Guardian: Comment is Free: Limits to Growth was Right

The Embryo Project: The Pasteur Institute (1887- )

Yovisto: Ernst Curtius and the Excavation of Olympia

Kestrels and Cerevisiae: Mendelian-Mutationism (I): The Forgotten Synthesis

Mendelian-Mutationism (II): The Fluctuation-Mutationism Distinction

The Friends of Charles Darwin: The surprise punctuationist

Road to Paris: A very short history of climate change research

Letters from Gondwana: Ancient Greek Theater and the Past Mediterranean Climate

Trowel Blazers: Anne Phillips – The Curious Case of Miss Phillips’ Conglomerate

Anne and John Phillips' grave in York. Photo by Liam Herringshaw, All Rights Reserved.

Anne and John Phillips’ grave in York. Photo by Liam Herringshaw, All Rights Reserved.


Spitalfields Life: So Long, George Cossington the Steeplejack

Yovisto: Louis Henry Sullivan – the ‘Father’ of the Skyscraper

The National Museum of Computing: Computing in 1974 from Computer Weekly

Twister Sifter: 100 Years Ago this Telephone Tower in Stockholm Connected 5000 Telephone Lines

Stockholm telephone-tower 1887-1913 over 5000 telephone-lines connected Photograph Courtesy of Tekniska Museet

Stockholm telephone-tower 1887-1913 over 5000 telephone-lines connected
Photograph Courtesy of Tekniska Museet

Europeana: Early 20th Century Water Cycles

New Scientist: Soviet-era hyperboloid tower saved from destruction

Thick Objects: An “Incomplete” Artefact: Part 1 – Missing Pieces

Conciatore: Stonework

The Journal of Music: Where Electronic Music Began

Tech Dirt: Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Series To Promote The Lies Of A Guy Who Pretended To Invent Email?

Inside the Science Museum: Robert Watson-Watt and the Triumph of RADAR

Royal Museums Greenwich: John Harrison and the search for longitude

Ptak Science Books: An Harmonic Analyzer, 1916

The Physics Mill: Non-Digital Computers


The H-Word: Tattoos for Time Travellers at the British Science Festival 2014

In Newton’s Footsteps: fickr

The Nation: Science as Salvation?

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: James Bradley’s Lectures on Experimental Philosophy

The Recipes Project: Teaching Recipes: A September Series

BSHS Travel Guide: Museum of Ethnography in Budapest

Scientia Salon: The return of radical empiricism

The H-Word: The big Australian science picnic of 1914

Map from The British Empire: its Geography, Resources, Commerce, Land-ways and Water-ways (1891). British Library Flickr

Map from The British Empire: its Geography, Resources, Commerce, Land-ways and Water-ways (1891). British Library Flickr

The Recipes Project: First Monday Library Chat: Wangensteen Library

Oregon State University: Dear Professor Einstein: The Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists in Post-War America

ITV: Bletchley code-breaking machine to be used in school history lessons

New York Times: So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class …

Royal Society: The Repository: “Went to Sir JB’s”: Charles Blagden’s diary and scientific life in Georgian London

The Medievalist: Women Scientists of the Middle Ages and 1600s


British Library: Medieval Manuscripts Blog: A physicians Folding Almanac

A page from a 15th century physician's folding almanac: London, British Library, MS Harley 3812, f.

A page from a 15th century physician’s folding almanac: London, British Library, MS Harley 3812, f.


Fiction Reboot : Daily Dose: My Notorious Life

The Neuro Times: Piers J. Hale, Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England

Portal to the Universe: Two New Eclipse Publications

DailyHistory.org Top Ten Social History of American Medicine Booklist

Richard Carter: ‘The Making of the Fittest” by Sean B Carroll




Historiens de la santé: Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust

Historiens de la santé: Health and Wellness in 19th-century America

The MIT Press: Recording Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing


Springer: History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (includes History and Philosophy of Science)

Historeins de la santé: Unseen Enemy: The English, Disease, and Medicine in Colonial Bengal, 1617-1847


Hull Daily Mail: The story of Bletchley Park: That Is All You Need To Know arrives at Hull Truck Theatre in September

Progress Theatre: Darwin & Fitzroy Mon 8 Sept–Sat 13 Sept



BBC TWO: Castles in the Sky (The story of RADAR) Just three days left to watch!


YOUTUBE: Science and Islam, Jim Al-Khalili – BBC Documentary

VIMEO: Society for the History of Technology Dissertation Video Contest

VImeo: The Nature of Things – Martin Gardner

Vimeo: Under The Knife – Opening Sequence


BBC Radio 4: A Point of View: Lisa Jardine: When fiction comes to the historian’s rescue


Ghent University: Concepts and methods in philosophy and history of science: Calendar, 2014-2015

Medical Museion: “Anatomy, art and the body” – Copenhagen symposium on Vesalius’ 500th Anniversary

2015 BSHS Postgraduate Conference – Call for papers

The National Archives: All at Sea: international conference on Prize Papers 6 October 2014

All Souls College Oxford: CfP Mathematical readers in the early world 18–19 December 2014

University of Sheffield: CfP Social Networks 1450-1850

The Royal Institution: Ada Lovelace Day – Live! Tuesday 14 October

Wadham College: Symposium: John Wilkins and his Legacy

Public Domain (Wikimedia Commons) If somebody knows the artist tell me.

Public Domain (Wikimedia Commons) If somebody knows the artist tell me.

The British Museum: Exhibition: Witches and wicked bodies: 25 Sept 2014 – 11 Jan 2015

NYAM: Lecture: Author’s Night – Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine

H-NET: Call for submissions: European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) book prize

Royal Museums Greenwich: Library Lates: Nevil Maskelyne, Longitude’s Champion 11 September

Manchester Science Festival 23 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

NIH: US National Library of Medicine: Exhibition: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection Pictures of Nursing

Royal College of Physicians: The anatomy of a building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians 8 Sept 2014 – 13 Feb 2015

American Association for the History of Medicine: George Rosen Prize Deadline 31 Oct 2014

Historiens de la santé: History of Iberian Science & Medicine

Art Daily: First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cult astronomy opens at LACMA

The British Society for Literature and Science: CfP BSLS Syposium on Teaching Literature and Science

University of London: EMPHASIS programme 2014-15 (includes #histSTM)

Making Waves: Deadline extended! Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics, and Engineering, University of Liverpool, 31 October 2014

The Renaissance Diary: The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice 4 Oct 2014

The Renaissance Diary: CfP Towards a History of Errors Berlin 10-11 Dec 2014

Historiens de la santé: CfP Medical Humanities in Medieval England Deadline 15 Sept 2014

SHNH: Horniman Museum History of teaching natural history Oct 10-11 2014

Graham Farmelo: The life and Legacy of Sir John Cockcroft 18-19 Sept 2014


The Museum of Science and Industry – Manchester: Curator of Science and Technology

Northwestern University: Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture

University of Notre Dame: Assistant Professor, History of Science

Two Faculty Positions in Science Studies at Michigan State University























































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1 Response to Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #12

  1. Paul Engle says:

    To the (ectoplasmic) Editor,

    Congratulations to you on the first twelve issues of Whewell’s Gazette: a job very well done. Earlier this week, you made a call for comments and suggestions; as a dedicated reader, I ruminated on this a bit and here is what I coughed up. First, I would hate to see you make any drastic changes, or start embellishing. For me, what makes the whole enterprise so attractive is its bare-bones simplicity. It is a good idea well executed without a lot of fanfare. The Gazette is not simply an aggregator of the history of science, technology and medicine; it is a specific ghost’s personal take on the subject–which makes it very interesting indeed.

    In the suggestions department, I only have one. It is modest, but admittedly self-serving; a subject that I am personally obsessed with and therefore would like to see as a dedicated category in the weekly roundup. You could call it “History Craft” or similar; a place to collect items focused on how history is told. By way of example, candidates might include Lisa Jardine’s recent BBC radio essay “When fiction comes to the historian’s rescue,” also the piece by Charlie Jane Anders at io9 on paradoxes about science fiction and history. Even the recent works of Thony Christie, that head-banger of lazy fact-checkers, would fit nicely under the heading.

    Best regards
    Paul Engle


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