Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #14

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

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Volume #14

Monday 22 September 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 14

 

EDITORIAL:

As already announced last week, due to the fact that our editorial staff are off gallivanting around Franconia celebrating the life and work of Renaissance mathematicus Simon Marius at diverse conferences the whole weekend, this is perforce a curtailed edition of your all time favourite #histSTM weekly links list, which only covers the first four and one half days of the last seven. If you were foolhardy enough to post that world shattering history of science, technology or medicine post at the weekend then it will have missed its chance to be included in Whewell’s Gazette, a cause for the gnashing of teeth, the ripping out of hair by the roots and the rending of garments. Not that that will change anything. Almost normal service will be resumed with the next scintillating, titillating, and invigorating edition next Monday.

 

A wonderful piece of news this week for the #histSTM community is that independent scholar Pamela O Long author of Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance (2001) and Artisan/Practitioners and the Rise of the New Sciences, 1400-1600 (2012), amongst others, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellows Award.

 

ON THE WEB BLOGS AND WEBSITES:

Birthdays of the Week:

Murry Gell-Mann 15 September 1929

James Tauber (14) meeting Murray Gell-Mann

James Tauber (14) meeting Murray Gell-Mann

Thought Streams: Murray Gell-Mann

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Dr Murray Gell-Mann

John Goodricke 17 September 2014

John Goodricke: James Scouler Royal Astronomical Society

John Goodricke: James Scouler
Royal Astronomical Society

Yovisto: John Goodricke and the Varible Star of Beta Persei

Teleskopos: Sights and sounds: darkness and silence

Edwin Mattison McMillan 18 September 1907

-Edwin McMillan (1907-1991) Credit Nobel Foundation

-Edwin McMillan (1907-1991) Credit Nobel Foundation

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 18 – Edwin Mattison McMillan

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Dr Edwin McMillan

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Podcast: Rose Bethe’s Interview

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Joseph Rotblat

Science Note: Today In Science History – September 16 – Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Greg Gbur: An image out of history! Dennis Gabor, the inventor of holography, standing next to his holographic portrait.

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Dr Edwin McMillan

Retronaut: c.1975: Control Room of the Synchrophasotron

Red Orbit: Multiverse

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Wired: Uncovering Hidden Texts on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus

The Royal Society: The Repository: Longitude

Halley’ Log: Halley’s Atlantic Chart, part 1: fish or fowl revisited

Extract from Halley’s Atlantic Chart – notice the feet. (© Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Image S0015919)

Extract from Halley’s Atlantic Chart – notice the feet. (© Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Image S0015919)

MEDICINE:

Miriam Posner: Frequently asked questions about lobotomy

Yovisto: The psychologist must study mankind from the historical or comparative standpoint – Moritz Lazarus

British Library: Untold Lives Blog: King Silence – the lives of Victorian deaf children

From the Hands of Quacks: Experiences of a Deaf Man

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

The Quack Doctor: A devil of a cure

Photo: Jonathon Brown

Photo: Jonathon Brown

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Heritage Centre Blog: Theories of the cases of fever in Dublin in the early 19th century

Slate: 19th-Century Infographic Shows American Morality as a Cluster of Cute Little Charts

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 17 – Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne du Boulogne

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Ten Terrifying Knives from Medical History

Notches: Sexual Curiosities? Aphrodisiacs in early modern England

Remedia: Migraine Fears

Royal College of Physicians: The cure of old age and preservation of youth

CHEMISTRY:

Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 15 – Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Butlerov

The Paris Review: Extreme, extreme! The literature of laughing gas

“This is not the Laughing, but the Hippocrene or Poetic Gas, Sir.” Colored etching by R. Seymour, 1829, via the Wellcome Library.

“This is not the Laughing, but the Hippocrene or Poetic Gas, Sir.” Colored etching by R. Seymour, 1829, via the Wellcome Library.

Conciatore: Neri’s Cabinet #6: Saltpeter

The AAT project: The 150th Anniversary of the Periodic Table

British Library: Untold Lives Blog: Arsenic, Cyanide and Strychnine – the Golden Age of Victorian Poisoners

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Daily Echo: Fossil hunters: uncover history and follow in the footsteps of Mary Anning at Lyme Regis

Embryology Project: Wilhelm Roux nineteenth-century experimental embryologist

Natural History Apostils: Three Facts about Darwin, Blyth, Loudon, and Matthew

New York Times: ‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’

New York Times: Art Entangled in Nature

Naturally Fun Days: Charles Darwin’s life in Shrewsbury

Yovisto: How Ötzi became World Famous

TECHNOLOGY:

Conciatore: The Discovery of Glass Reprise

Guardian: Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

The Atlantic: Before Computers, People Programmed Looms

This portrait was woven using a Jacquard loom. ( Michel-Marie Carquillat/Wikimedia )

This portrait was woven using a Jacquard loom. ( Michel-Marie Carquillat/Wikimedia )

Guardian: Revolutionary diving suit to be used at site of ‘world’s oldest computer’ find

Yovisto: Squire Whipple – The Father of the Iron Bridge

Conciatore: The Art of Metals

Thick Objects: What is a complete object?

 

A control stand from an Victor “Snook Special” x-ray machine. It was purchased in 1926 for the University of Toronto physics laboratory run by John Cunningham McLennan (1867-1935). On the left is part of the schematic that was sent with the original unit. On the right is the unit as it appeared when it was finally decommissioned by the Department of Physics in the early 2000s. The colourful modifications to the original faux marble panel could represent damage to a classic instrument, or evidence of a remarkably rich provenance.

A control stand from an Victor “Snook Special” x-ray machine. It was purchased in 1926 for the University of Toronto physics laboratory run by John Cunningham McLennan (1867-1935). On the left is part of the schematic that was sent with the original unit. On the right is the unit as it appeared when it was finally decommissioned by the Department of Physics in the early 2000s. The colourful modifications to the original faux marble panel could represent damage to a classic instrument, or evidence of a remarkably rich provenance.

META:- HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

BBC: A Point of View: The long shadow of war

Newsworks: The art of explaining science… and why it’s so hard to do

From Past to Present: The Tolman/Bacher House

Ether Wave Propaganda: Schaffer on Machine Philosophy, Pt. 5a: Automata and the Proto-Industrial Ideology of the Enlightenment — History

Time Mapper: Medieval Philosophers – Timeliner

The Environmental History Weekly

The Royal Society: The Repository: Circus of science

Crane Court, from an engraving by C.J. Smith

Crane Court, from an engraving by C.J. Smith

ESOTERIC:

Forbidden Histories: One Year of ‘Forbidden Histories’

Scientific American: Tetrapod Zoology: Loxton and Prothero’s Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids; the Tet Zoo review

NEXOS: Women Alchemists

Goddess Alchemy carries a flask containing the quintessence of the Earth © NYPL/Science Source: Getty Images

Goddess Alchemy carries a flask containing the quintessence of the Earth
© NYPL/Science Source: Getty Images

BOOK REVIEWS:

Heavenfield: Holmes on Animals in Saxon & Scandinavian England

NEW BOOKS:

Cambridge University Press: Philosophy of Microbiology

THEATRE:

FILM:

BBC: Imitation Game wins Toronto top prize

TELEVISION:

Science Based Medicine: Medicine past, present, and future: Star Trek vesus Dr Kildare and The Knick

Dr Kildare

Dr Kildare

VIDEOS:

The Dispersal of Darwin: The Voyages of Darwin: The Complete Series on DVD (Region 2)

Youtube: The past, present and future of the bubonic plague – Sharon N. DeWitte

Youtube: Herbarium digitisation: 4M in 1.5 years for Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Live Stream: Cosmopolitanism and the Local in Science & Nature: Rewriting the History of Science and Philosophy in Late Colonial India by Dhruv Raina 2 October 2014

Youtube: John Hobbie Distinguished Scientist and Senior Scholar at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, John Hobbie, discusses his research and the history of the Ecosystems Center.

Youtube: Into the Vault: Darwin’s Orchid Book

RADIO:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dissertation Reviews: Now accepting dissertations in Science Studies (broadly defined) for review in our 2014-15 season

The Society for the History of Natural History: History of Teaching Natural History Oct 10-11

Historiens de la santé: University of Pennsylvania: Conference: Professionalizing Nursing and Medicine September 27

Medical Library Association: Murray Gottlieb Prize: The Murray Gottlieb Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished scholarly paper about a topic in the history of the health sciences.

University College London: Here is the programme for the UCL Science and Technology Studies seminars for Autumn 2014

University of Leiden: CfP: The Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Huygens ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre invite abstracts for papers on the circulation of knowledge regarding non-European plants and plant components, to which therapeutic properties were attributed in the early modern period (1500-1800) for their conference, to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, 15 April to 17 April 2015.

University of Liverpool: Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940: Workshop 3: Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering 31 October 2014

ESSWE: CfP: Magic and Intellectual History University of York 15 March 2015

Historiens de la santé: CfP: The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing annual meeting, 30 may – 1 June 2015

University of Glasgow: Conference: Gartnavel Royal Hospital and the History of Scottish Psychiatry 15 November 2014

SHAC: ‘The Royal Typographer and the Alchemist: Willem Sylvius and John Dee’, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium, 26 October 2014

LOOKING FOR WORK?

Science Museum Group: Associate Curator, Mathematics Gallery Project

Historiens de la santé: Call for applications: UCLA Position in History and Social Studies Medicine

University College Berkeley: Position: Assistant Professor in the History and Rhetoric of Science and Technology

University of Strathclyde: Lecturer in History of Health and Medicine

Caltech: Postdoctoral Instructor in History & Philosophy of Physics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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