Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #16

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 #16

Monday 06 October 2014


You are now reading the sixteenth edition of the #histSTM weekly inks list Whewell’s Gazette. In most American States and in the UK sixteen is the age of sexual consent. Whewell’s Gazette has been including links to articles on the history of sex and sexuality since its conception and has recently added the very stimulating Notches (re)marks on the history of sexuality to its sources for interesting posts if you aren’t already reading it you should be.

On the 27 September the #histSTM community lost one of its prominent members with the death of British historian of mathematics Jacqueline Stedall.

Jacqueline Stedall (Photographer unknown)

Jacqueline Stedall (Photographer unknown)


An expert on seventeenth-century algebra she is particular dear to our editorial staff for her pioneering work on Thomas Harriot’s contribution to this genre. She was also author of the excellent The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction and Mathematics Emerging: A Sourcebook 1540 – 1900 as well as co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Mathematics.


Thomas Fuller: “History maketh a young man to be old, without either wrinkles or gray hairs; privileging him with the experience of age.” h/t Darrin Hayton (@dhayton)

“If your history does not admit the weird then it’s not good history” Colin Dickey (@colindickey)

“Worse by far than a straw man is a straw man dressed in the designer suit of your choosing.” Liam Heneghan (@DublinSoil)

“One’s mind is a place where the past becomes present – required for historians.” Kate Morant (@KateMorant)


A Technical and Astronomical Birthday:

On Oct 4 1957 the Russians launched the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1. On 4 October 1959 the Russian satellite Luna 3 gave humanity its first view of the far side of the moon.

Wired: Oct. 4. 1957: Soviets Put Man-Made Moon in Orbit!




GIZMODO: Humans first saw the far side of the moon 55 years ago today

NASA: Solar System Exploration: Mission to the Moon: LUNA 3

Yovisto: Willy Ley – Founder of the German Rocket Society

Yovisto: Robert Goddard – the Man who ushered in the Space Age

Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945)

Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945)

History Physics: This year saw India’s 1st satellite. 50 years ago, Canada orbited ‘Alouette 1’ ‪

Science Notes: Today In Science History – October 1 – NASA

This Month’s Special:

Never heard of Dr Richard Mead (1673–1754)? Amongst other things he was Isaac Newton’s physician. The Foundling Museum have dedicated an exhibition to the “Generous Georgian” and launched a blog to accompany the exhibition. Want to know more then read Frances Spiegel’s post at Decoded Past.

Allan Ramsay, Dr Richard Mead, 1747, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

Allan Ramsay, Dr Richard Mead, 1747, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum: Exhibition: The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead

Exhibition Blog: The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead

Decoded Past: The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead –an Exhibition at the Foundling Museum

A collection of Posts to International Coffee Day

The Recipes Project: Coffee: A Remedy Against Plague

Early Modern Medicine: The Coffee Controversy

The Paris Review: Blinded by Coffee


Tycho Girl: her head full of stars (a tribute to Henrietta Swan Leavitt)

Case Western Reserve University: Institute for the Study of the UniversIty in Society: “Failure” Leads to Breakthrough

National Geographic: In a Planet-or-Not Debate, Some Astronomers Say “Long Live Planet Pluto”

Demoss: Scholars Discover Early Astronomical Drawings

AIP History: Oral History Transcript – Otto R. Frisch

New York Times: The Difficulties of Nuclear Containment: Espionage Threatened the Manhattan Project, Declassified Report says

Stanford News: Stanford’s Martin L. Pearl, winner of 1995 Nobel Prize for discovery of tau lepton, dead at 87

Ptak Science Books: Anti-Gravity Anti-Gravitas

The London Punch via Ptak Science Books

The London Punch via Ptak Science Books

Atomic Heritage Society: Britain


The Renaissance Mathematicus: The unfortunate backlash in the historiography of Islamic Science

BBC: Caesium: A brief history of timekeeping


Board of Longitude Project: Time to Solve Longitude: the timekeeper method


City Lab: My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

Map of Yamashiro Province, Author Unknown (19th Century)

Map of Yamashiro Province, Author Unknown (19th Century)

Fiction Reboot: Daily Dose: MedHum Monday: Stones, Clocks, and Stars at the National Maritime Museum


Two Nerdy History Girls: A physician reports in autumn 1810

Science Museum: Brought to Life: Thomas Sydenham (1624–89)

History of Medicine in Ireland: Cows, contagion and sanitation and Victorian Dublin

Panacea: Policing Medical Practice in the 17th Century

From the Hands of Quacks: Wilson’s Common Sense Ear Drums

Ad Wilson's Ear Drum 1900 Getty Images The advertisements for Wilson’ Ear Drums indicated that with the device, a d/Deaf person would be happier as they were able to participate in hearing society and include themselves in ways previously denied to them.

Ad Wilson’s Ear Drum 1900 Getty Images
The advertisements for Wilson’ Ear Drums indicated that with the device, a d/Deaf person would be happier as they were able to participate in hearing society and include themselves in ways previously denied to them.

Épistémocritique: Eighteenth-Century Archives of the Body (PDF)


BBC: How blind Victorians campaigned for inclusive education

The History of Emotions Blog: The religious roots of cancerphobia

Early Modern Medicine: True English Bloodletting

NYAM: Revisiting the Fabrica Frontispiece

PACHS News and Notes: Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915

Science Notes: Today In Science History – October 3 – Frank Pantridge

Early Modern Medicine: Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine

Hagley Museum and Library: History of Patent Medicine

Huffington Post: Five Things From the Mary Rose That’ll Make You Go ‘Oooh’

Royal College of Physicians: Sir Francis Prujean, PRCP 1650-4

Dittrick Museum Blog: Body Snatching, You Say?

Museum of Health Care: Mandrakes, from Mythology to Museum Collectable

Yovisto: James Lind and a Cure for Scurvy

Science Daily: HIV pandemic’s origin located: Likely to have emerged in Kinshasa around 1920


Conciatore: Lixiviation Reprise

Tycho’s Nose: The Shiny Bits of Science: Chemical Notation from Ciphers to Calligraphy

Examples of ways to draw methionine.

Examples of ways to draw methionine.

Dscript.org: Artistic Science or Scientific Art – Chemical Calligraphy (PDF)

Science Notes: Today in Science History – October 5 – Dirk Coster


Nautilus: The Sound So Loud That It Circled The Earth Four Times

Houghton Library: Hugh of Fouilly De bestiis et aliis rebus [ca. 1230-1250]


International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature: Who is the type of Homo sapiens?

Academia Edu: Tortoises and the Exotic Animal Trade in Britain from Medieval to Modern

Science Daily: Unexpectedly speedy expansion of human, ape cerebellum

Huffington Post: 6 Things Aristotle Got Wrong

Mental Floss: 11 Images from the American Museum of Natural History’s Archives

Spitalfields Life: An Auricula For Thomas Fairchild


Science Notes: Today In Science History – September 29 – Rudolf Diesel Mystery

Tameshigiri: The Art of Cutting: Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Georgian Gent: So you think you can sew, Mr Saint?

In The Dark: The Origin of CERN

Nautilus: A Vehicle of Wonder

Conciatore: The Blue Tower

Yovisto: The Unfortunate Inventions of Charles Cros

Fortune: Walter Isaacson on the women of ENIAC

Jean Jennings (left), Marlyn Wescoff (center), and Ruth Lichterman program ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania, circa 1946. Photo: Corbis

Jean Jennings (left), Marlyn Wescoff (center), and Ruth Lichterman program ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania, circa 1946.
Photo: Corbis

Ptak Science Books: In the Enigma Machine Family: the Hagelin Cryptographic Machine, 1942

But Does it Float: Photographs of nuclear slide-rules

Mental Floss: 11 of America’s Most Inspiring Cup Holder Patents

The Washington Post: Jerrie Mock, first female pilot to fly solo around the world, dies at 88


Royal Society: The Repository: Circus of science

The British Society for the History of Science: BSHS President Greg Radick

Yovisto: Fritz Kahn and the Mensch Maschine

The Original Poster of the Industrial Palace From: Fritz Kahn. Das Leben des Menschen Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart

The Original Poster of the Industrial Palace
From: Fritz Kahn. Das Leben des Menschen
Franckh’sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart


Notches: Historians are gossips who tease the dead

New Humanist: The city and the sublime

The Recipes Project: ‘One does not learn remedies through books’ (Aristotle)

Fiction Reboot: Daily Dose: Medical Humanities: Building a Community

Defence in Depth: The Instrumentalisation of History

Wellcome Trust: Reality behind research: 21 years of oral history with Wellcome Witnesses

Thick Objects: Recreating Science (or, “The amoeba gets it in the end”)

DYNAMIS Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam

VOLUMEN 34 (2)   2014


New Blog – JSTOR Daily also has #histSTM content


CERÆ: VOL 1 (2014) Emotions in History

Cambridge University Press: The History Manifesto

Corpus Newtonicum: Adventures in Huntingdonland, Pt. 2

Making Science Public: Philae: Where space science meets language science

The Burns Archive: The Anatomy & Education Collection


Remedia: A Scientific Guide to Seeing Fairies: A fragment


Somatosphere: Book Forum – Introduction, Jeremy Greene’s “Generic”

Imperial & Global Forum: Exchanging Notes: Colonialism and Medicine in India and South Africa


Johns Hopkins University Press: More Than Hot: A Short History of Fever

Steven Johnson: How We Got To Now, The Book



Dan’s Papers: HIFF awards Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize to ‘The Imitation Game’



Youtube: Pierre Descilier’s World Map – The Beauty of Maps – BBC Four

Youtube: Disease! Crash Course World History 203

Arts & Humanities Research Council: ‘Dear Mr Darwin’: What can we learn from 19th century science?


BBC: Germany Memories of a Nation: Strasbourg – Floating City featuring the cathedral clock


Royal Society: The private life of Isaac Newton

Royal Society: Longitude: back and forth across the years


University of Lincoln: Lecture: Dr Marika Keblusek: A Living Library for Learning: The book collection of Michael Honywood as an intellectual centre in the Dutch Republic (1640-1660) 16 Oct 2014

CHoM News: Lecture: The Birth of the Pill 21 Oct 2014

History of the Physical Sciences at History of Science Society 2014

The British Society for the History of Science Research Grants

University of Leeds History and Philosophy of Science Seminar 2014–15, Semester 1

Advances in the History of Psychology: Oct 6 Talk! BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar Series: Professor Roland Littlewood (UCL) “The Advent of the Adversary: Negative Power in Certain Religio-Therapeutic Systems?”


Bundeskunsthalle: Exhibition: Outer Space 3 October 2014 – 22 February 2015

Cheltenham Festival: Talk: A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps 7 Oct 2014

History of High-Technologies and Their Socio-Cultural Contexts The International Committee for the History of Technology’s 42nd Symposium in Tel Aviv, Israel, 16-21 August 2015

University of Sydney: Conference: Rethinking Intellectual History 7-9 April 2015

Scientiae: Conference: Disciplines of Knowledge in the Early Modern Period Toronto 2015 27-29 May

ChoM News: October–December Events Calendar

Museums Association: Royal Museums Greenwich consults on redundancies

Manchester Medieval Society: Events – Programme for 2014-15 includes #histSTM

National Center for Science Education: RNCSE 34:5 now on line (includes #histSTM book reviews)

Wellcom Library for the History of Medicine: Ada Lovelace – Wikipedia Ediathron – Tuesday 14 October

October 18: “Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500″ NYAM’s second annual Festival for Medical History and the Arts

Institute of Historical Research: One day colloquium 16 May 2015 The History of the Body: Approaches and Directions

British Society for the History of Science: Dingle Prize 2015

Michaelmas Term 2014 Seminar Series Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

Battle of Ideas: Barbican Centre, London Oct 18-19

LSE Asia Research Centre: Lecture: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: The hero’s journey of Alfred Russel Wallace in Southeast Asia Wednesday 15 October



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