Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #13

Whewell’s Gazette

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Volume #13

Monday 15 September 2014

EDITORIAL:

If our editorial staff suffered from triskaidekaphobia we might have followed the example of some American architects and simply gone from our twelfth edition to the fourteenth one but we are not inclined to superstition and the number thirteen holds no fear for us and so you are now reading the thirteenth edition of the weekly history of science, technology and medicine (#histSTM) link list Whewell’s Gazette.

By far and away the biggest history of science related story was the purported discovery of one of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition 1845-48. This has stirred up much reaction and comment throughout the Internet so we have decided to make our thirteenth edition The Franklin Expedition edition.

Next weeks fourteenth edition will perforce be a very truncated edition as our editorial staff will be actively involved all of next weekend in two conferences to celebrate the achievements of the Franconian astronomer Simon Marius. Normal service will be assumed for the fifteenth edition.

 

ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:

The Franklin Expedition:

CBC News: Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic

Rice Education: Inuit Testimony About Franklin

Sir John Franklin and his crew were captured in this 1847 painting by W Turner Smith called The End In Sight

Sir John Franklin and his crew were captured in this 1847 painting by W Turner Smith called The End In Sight

BBC: Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

Royal Museums Greenwich: Sir John Franklin and Lady Franklin

Royal Museums Greenwich: Marine Chronometer from Franklin’s expedition

Guardian: Horologists ponder mystery of how 19th-century chronometer survived fatal Arctic expedition

The Globe and Mail: The Franklin discovery’s not about what, but where

Guardian: Sir John Franklin: From the archive

JSTOR – Global Plants: Digitized letters from John Richardson who accompanied Franklin on 2 Arctic expeditions

Ottawa Citizen: Adriana Craciun: Franklin’s sobering true legacy

Geopolitics & Security: Missing, Submerged and Floating Objects: Franklin’s ship and the Northwest Passage

British Library – American Studies Blog: Finding Franklin

The Globe and Mail: Why is the Franklin expedition such a Canadian story?

Active History.ca: History Matters: Why Should We Care About the Erebus (or Terror)?

Birthdays of the Week:

Ulisse Aldrovandi 11 September 1522

Ulisse Aldrovandi Augostino Carracci

Ulisse Aldrovandi Augostino Carracci

Letters from Gonwanda: The Legacy of Ulisse Aldrovandi

Letters from Gonwanda: The Early History of Ammonite Studies in Italy

History of Geology: In the beginning was the word

History of Geology: On the track of Ichnology

Harvey Fletcher 11 September 1884

Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981) American physicist and audio technology pioneer

Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981) American physicist and audio technology pioneer

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 11 – Harvey Fletcher

Yovisto: Harvey Fletcher – the Father of Stereophonic Sound

Alexander von Humboldt 14 September 1769

Alexander von Humboldt Drawn by Rudolf Lehmann

Alexander von Humboldt Drawn by Rudolf Lehmann

History of Geology: Alexander von Humboldt and the Hand-Beast

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: General Grove’s secret history

The Renaissance Mathematicus: I expected better of Tim Radford

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Another one bites the dust

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 12 – Moon

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Leo Szilard

American Institute of Physics: Nobel Worlds in Physics, 1901-1965

Leaping Robot A 17th Century Space Race

Cover of Godwin’s book

Cover of Godwin’s book

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Ashley Kupferschmidt: Fragments of Paper found in Medical Kit: “Expedition”

CONTEXT 2: HATTERSLEY-SMITH: ARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1953

Board of Longitude Project: Navigation vacation

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The naming of America – Redux

MEDICINE:

The H-Word: Ashya King: An odd form of celebrity

The Cat’s Meat Shop: Sanitising History

From the Hands of Quacks: A Chamber of the Stillness of Death: Phyllis M.T. Kerridge’s Experiments in the Silence Room

Perceptions of Pregnancy: From Medieval to Modern: ‘Hopes of being with Child’: An Early Modern Guide to Knowing You Are Pregnant

History News Network: The Sad Reason We Don’t Know More About Ebola

Neurophilosophy Mo Costandi: A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

Diseases of Modern Life: The Gent and the Ballet-Girl

NYAM: Aseptic Surgery: Innovation circa 1900

Houghton Library: Choice Receipts for the Prevention and Cure of the Plague

Medical Press: The history of medical studies of male infertility

Circulating Now: Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2014/09/10/rare-footage-of-fdr-at-nih/

Shannon Selin: Félix Formento and medicine in 19th century New Orleans

Advertisement for Dr. de Laferrière’s sulphurous steam-baths, Louisiana Courier, May 1821

Advertisement for Dr. de Laferrière’s sulphurous steam-baths, Louisiana Courier, May 1821

University of Glasgow Library: Syphilis – what’s in a name?

Dittrick Museum Blog: Blood Rises – Tension and Truth in The Knick

ChoM News: Staff Finds: IPPNW Anti-War Efforts Recognized by World Leaders

NYAM: Jonas Salk, The Polio Vaccine, and The Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Science Friday: Podcast: The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medication

Cleveland.com: Shaker Historical Museum features herbal medicines of 19th century

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: A Gruesome Tale of Self-Surgery

Yovisto: William Budd and the Infectious Diseases

Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog: Walter J. freeman II and Lobotomy: Probing for Answers

CHEMISTRY:

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 8 – Willard Frank Libby

Trowel Blazers: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin (then Crowfoot) ca. 1920s, as she was when she excavated at Jerash in her late teens (with thanks to the Crowfoot family for providing this image - All Rights Reserved)

Dorothy Hodgkin (then Crowfoot) ca. 1920s, as she was when she excavated at Jerash in her late teens (with thanks to the Crowfoot family for providing this image – All Rights Reserved)

Concocting History: Dragons live forever but not so little boys and girls

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet #5: Sulfur of Saturn

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Unmaking Things: The wonder of man – the wonder of nature: 
a seventeenth-century Nautilus cup

Nautilus cup, unknown maker, ca. 1620, Dutch. Engraved nautilus shell set in a silver gilt mount enamelled in white and blue, Museum no. M.179:1, 2-1978, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Nautilus cup, unknown maker, ca. 1620, Dutch. Engraved nautilus shell set in a silver gilt mount enamelled in white and blue, Museum no. M.179:1, 2-1978, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

History of Geology: Happy Birthday Plate Tectonics!

Medievalist.net: Ten Strange Medieval Ideas about Animals

Inside the Science Museum: 30th Anniversary of DNA Fingerprinting

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 13 – Hans Christian Joachim Gram

The Public Domain Review: Tractatus de Herbis (ca. 1440)

The Irish Times: Writing that inspired a generation of scientists (Schrödinger, “What is Life?”)

TECHNOLOGY:

Retronaut: 1950s: The Perhapsatron

Patch of Puddles: Visiting Bletchley Park

Londonist: A Brief History of London Poo

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Conciatore: Art and Science Reprise

Ptak Science Books: The Sky Above & Mud Below Department, 1890

Ptak Science Books: “Spirit Writing”: Electric, Script-Writing Telegraph, 1879 (!!)

New Scientist: Myth and reality of the Nazi space rocket

Airspace Blog: “Vengeance Weapon 2”: 70th Anniversary of the V-2 Campaign

VOX: We live in the future AT&T imagined in 1994

Thick Objects: An “Incomplete” Artefact: Part 2 – Knowing an object’s past

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

CRUX: Photos from inside the Vatican Secret Archives

Diseases of Modern Life: File it Under C…

Sideways Look at Science: 4S / ESOCITE JOINT MEETING: “SCIENCE IN CONTEXT(S): SOUTHS AND NORTHS”

Free Virtual Issue of Social History of Medicine

The Mod Squad: Steve Daniel’s Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

Science – AAAS: Public Science 2.0 – Back to the Future

Smithsonian.com: Lunar Bat-men, the Planet Vulcan and Martian Canals: Five of science history’s most bizarre cosmic delusions

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab (1950-1951)

GilbertAtomicOpentrimmed

Wonders & Marvels: How I write History…with Chet van Duzer

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: The Art of Preparing Plants

Antonio Neri, Tesoro del Mondo, f. 9r. "Arts Preparatio frugu vel Piantar."

Antonio Neri, Tesoro del Mondo, f. 9r.
“Arts Preparatio frugu vel Piantar.”

100 Years New Republic: Albert Einstein Endorsed a Popular Psychic in 1932. This Is the Controversy that Ensued

Forbidden Histories: One Year of ‘Forbidden Histories’

BOOK REVIEWS:

NEW BOOKS:

Aptowicz.com: Dr Mütter’s Marvels

Bloomsbury Publishing: Dorothy Hodgkin A Life

Georgina Ferry: Dorothy Hodgkin and me

Historiens de la santé: Recycling the Disabled: Army, Medicine and Modernity in WWI Germany

Brown Walker Press: Idolatry & Infinity: Of Art, Math, & God

THEATRE:

FILM:

Aperiodical: An Alan Turing expert watches the “The Imitation Game” trailer

CP24: Filming at Bletchley Park ‘ghostly’ for stars of Turing biopic ‘Imitation Game’

TELEVISION:

Mental Floss: 5 Things We Learned from The Knick’s Medical Advisor

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Reflections of Einstein

Vimeo: Alan Turing, le code de la vie

RADIO:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Call for participation: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2015 Conference, Los Angeles: Round table discussion: How do we study Eighteenth-Century science?

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2015 Conference, Los Angeles Call for Papers

Gravity Fields Festival: Lecture: Newton and the Apothecary 25 Sept 2014

Institute of Historical Research: Seminars: History of Gardens and Landscapes (includes #histsci)

Medical Heritage Society: Call for guest bloggers

25 Chicago Humanities Festival; Baskes Lecture in History: Peter Galison: From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time

Royal Museums Greenwich: Science, Voyaging, Art, Empire: Study Day 18 October 2014

York University: STS Seminar Series Schedule 2014-2015

ChoM News: Lecture: Sept 16: 500 Years of Human Dissection

ChoM News: Lecture: Sept 18: Colonial Governance and Medical Ethics in British India 1870-1910

8TH EUROPEAN SPRING SCHOOL ON HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND POPULARIZATION: CfP: LIVING IN A TOXIC WORLD  (1800-2000):  EXPERTS, ACTIVISM, INDUSTRY AND REGULATION

Oxford Sceptics in the Pub: Alice Bell Lecture: The Scientific Revolution that Wasn’t – Wednesday 5 Nov 7:30 pm

Swarthmore College: Exhibition Opening: Joseph Leidy and the foundation of Philadelphia biology 2 Oct 2014

Science Museum: Collider Exhibition Embarks on International Tour

CfP: 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Aarhus 2015

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine: Hannah Summer Studentship

University of Oxford: St Cross College: One-Day Conference “Wittgenstein and Physics”

CBC News: Canada Science and Technology Museum remains closed due to mould

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: Research Project: Networks and Knowledge of Glass in the Dutch Republic, 1650-1795

Holland Museum: Lecture: Dr Lindsey Fitzharris & Adrian Teal: Skeletons in the Basement

The Jenks Society: CfP: Lost Museums Colloquium

LOOKING FOR WORK?

Call for Co-Editor Nominations: Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la medicine

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Call for Early Career International Research Fellowships

Royal Society: Research Grants for Early Career Scientist (includes history of science)

University of Strathclyde Glasgow: Lecturer in History of Health and Medicine

Histories de la santé: Call for Applications: Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology

Harvard University: History of Technology Tenure Track

Historiens de la santé: Call for Applications: Molina Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

Historiens de la santé: University of Lewisburg: Call for Applications: Tenure-track assistant professor in history of Science, Medicine or Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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