Whewell’s Gazette: Vol: #20

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 #20

Monday 03 November 2014


The editorial-team here at Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #HistSTM links digest tend towards the curmudgeonly end of the social spectrum so our attitude to Halloween is perfectly summed up by the following, in our opinion, wonderful photograph.

Photographer unknown

Photographer unknown

However the #HistSTM community appears to contain a large Halloween fan club and this barbaric custom having taken place in the last seven days our twentieth edition is perforce a Halloween special: A ghoulish collection of #HistSTM stories

NYAM: Creepy Historical Drawings of Skeletons Contemplating Mortality

BioDivLibrary: Monsters Are Real

Ghostly Physics: Why quantum entanglement spooked Einstein his entire life

Dittrick Museum Blog: A Grave Matter: Legislating Dissection

Strange Remains: How a Strange 19th Century Coffin Lead to a Revolution in 20th Century Forensic Science

Smithsonian.com: The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death

Flickering Lamps: “the Anatomizer’s Ground” – Uncovering The History of St Olave’s Silver Street

Early Modern Medicine: A dose of witchcraft


The Atlantic: The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist

telescoper: In the Dark

The Sloane Letters Blog: The Tale of Jane Wenham: an Eighteenth-century Hertfordshire Witch?

Royal College of Physicians: Witchcraft and wizardry in the library

Conciatore: Witch’s Brew of Glass

H-Word: Monstrous Science: how the Yeti gets research funded


Forbidden Histories: Halloween Special: C. G. Jung’s Spine-Chilling Nights in a Haunted House

Collectors Weekly: Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead

Spirit rapping was so popular, by 1853, T. Ellwood Garrett and W.W. Rossington published a song about it, via sheet music. (From the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University)

Spirit rapping was so popular, by 1853, T. Ellwood Garrett and W.W. Rossington published a song about it, via sheet music. (From the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University)

NYAM: Help! I’m Buried Alive

Dittrick Museum Blog: Buried Alive: A Halloween Post

Circulating Now: Costume Conundrum?

Criminal Historian: Kill the Witch!: murder and superstition in a Victorian village

From Stone to Screen: Spells, Potions, and Curses of the Ancient World

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Resurrecting the Body Snatchers: The Halloween Edition

Atlas Obscura: Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch

Calvin Halloween

Quotes of the Week:

“When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.” — Chinese proverb” h/t @JohnDCook

“There is no history of knowledge.” Peter Drucker, 1993.” h/t @LeapingRobot

“28 October 1492. Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ Cuba on his first voyage to the ‘New World’. It had always been there, of course.“ Frank McDonough @FXMC1957

“How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!“ C. Darwin h/t @interacciones

Birthday of the Week:

One of the real horrors of our world is or, thankfully, better said was the poliovirus. In my childhood still considered “one of the most frightening public health problems in the world”, to quote Wikipedia. Its full horror is perfectly summed up in its popular German name, Kinderlähmung, which literally translates as child paralysis, describing the effect of this disease of the nervous system. In this age where it is fashionable to be anti-vaccines it is perhaps good to pause and remember that this horror disease was largely stamped out by the polio vaccines developed in the 1950s by various researchers, most notably by Jonas Salk. Salk’s greatest deed was perhaps the fact that he didn’t apply for a patent for his vaccine stating when asked, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” Jonas Salk would have turned one hundred years old on 28 October 2014, an anniversary honoured with a Google Doodle, and so he is this week’s birthday boy.

Salk Google Doodle

Headquarters hosted by the Guardian: Jonas Salk Google Doodle: a good reminder of the power of vaccines

Washington Post: JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Jonas Salk and Albert Bruce Sabin

Scientific American: Remembering Polio Vaccine Developer Jonas Salk a Century after His Birth

History in the Headlines: 8 Things You May Not Know About Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Jonas Salk in his lab (Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Jonas Salk in his lab (Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images)


News.Mic: The Best Way to Remember Jonas Salk, Polio Pioneer, on His 100th Birthday

BuzzFeed: What Is Polio And What You Can Do About It In 10 Easy Steps

Jonas Salk

As I was still putting this edition of Whewells Gazette together I heard of the death of a good acquaintance, the German jazz saxophone player Klaus Kreuzeder at the age of 64 on 3 November 2014. Klaus played with many leading international musicians throughout the years including standing on the stage with Sting and Stevie Wonder. I say standing but in Klaus’ case it was sitting in a wheel chair as he caught polio at the age of one and a half, which stunted his growth and crippled him for life. A superb musician he was an inspiration to many handicapped people who flocked to his concerts to him him play. I humbly dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to the memory of Klaus Kreuzeder an excellent musician and a very fine human being.

Klaus Kreuzeder (4.4.1950 – 3.11.2014)

Klaus Kreuzeder
(4.4.1950 – 3.11.2014)


Leaping Robot: From Glass to Gigabytes

Halley’s Log: What manner of man was Halley? (Born 29 Oct)

Business Insider: Meet The Greatest Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Ever

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Financing Tycho’s little piece of heaven

Map of Hven from the Blaeu Atlas 1663, based on maps drawn by Tycho Brahe in the previous century

Map of Hven from the Blaeu Atlas 1663, based on maps drawn by Tycho Brahe in the previous century


On display: Playing with Museum Representations of 18th-Century American Encounters

David Barrie: Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia

Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia

Tupaia’s chart of Polynesia


The 1707 Isles of Scilly Disaster – Part I – Part II

BBC: Tales from the India Office

British Library: Maps and views blog: Maps relating to the Middle East now on line

British Library: Maps and views blog: Lines in the sea: underwater oil in the 20th century

The Irish Times: Ireland’s ‘oldest known separate map’ expected to fetch €3 million

The map is contained in an atlas made in Venice in 1468. Irish Times: Photograph: Christie’s

The map is contained in an atlas made in Venice in 1468. Irish Times: Photograph: Christie’s


Clinical Curiosities: Medical training, student experience and the transmission of Knowledge, c.1800-2014

Somatosphere: Tolerance

Concocting History: A pilgrimage to Asclepius

The Quack Doctor: Avoiding the trickcyclist and nutpicker: First World War home remedies and miracle cures

Cassell's Air Raids Overseas June 1919 (Robart's Library)

Cassell’s Air Raids Overseas June 1919 (Robart’s Library)

Notches: Orthodox Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Re-Making of Jewish Sexuality

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: Smallpox at the Foundling Hospital

Panacea: “Death in the Pot” Part I

Georgian Gent: Cupped at the bagnio, three shillings and sixpence

The Recipes Project: You’ll thank me later

NYAM: Brains, Brawn, & Beauty: Andreas Vesalius and the Art of Anatomy

Boston Review: When Epidemic Hysteria Made Sense

The Embryo Project: The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1984), by Mary Warnock and the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology


Chemical Heritage Foundation: Forensic Chemistry in Golden-Age Detective Fiction: Dorothy L. Sayers and the CSI Effect


Animal Magic:


Trowel Blazers: Browse All Articles

The World of Genealogical Phylogenetic Networks: Predecessors of Charles Darwin

BHL: Monsters Are Real

Birding Asia: Pioneer of Asian Ornithology Alfred Russel Wallace (PDF)

Live Science: Super-volcano Cleared in Neanderthals’ Demise

The Embryo Project: Ontogeny and Phylogeny (1977), by Stephen Jay Gould

The Embryo Project: “Mitochondrial DNA and Human Evolution” (1987), by Rebecca Louise Cann, Mark Stoneking, and Allan Charles Wilson

Trowel Blazers: Margaret Benson: Mut Ado About Trowelblazing

Margaret Benson in 1893, aged 28 -- one year before she embarked on her first trip to Egypt. Photo by J. Thompson, from 'The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson' by A.C. Benson (1917). Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Margaret_Benson.jpg

Margaret Benson in 1893, aged 28 — one year before she embarked on her first trip to Egypt. Photo by J. Thompson, from ‘The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson’ by A.C. Benson (1917). Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Margaret_Benson.jpg

DW: Preserved specimens: inside a scientific storehouse of natural history treasures

JSTOR Daily: Animals in the Archives

The Embryo Project: Victor Jollos (1887–1941)

Natural History Apostils: Hoax anticipation of Darwinism and germ theory of disease (Sleeper 1849/1913)

Wallifaction: Snow


The Atlantic: The Technical Constraints That Made Abbey Road So Good

Yovisto: Jean-Rondolphe Perronet and the Bridges of Paris

Spectrum IEEE: How the Ford Motor Co. Invented the SQUID

Conciatore: Alessandro Neri

Retronaut: 1900: “Visions of 2000”

Electronic education

Electronic education

Yovisto: Hans Grade – German Aviation Pioneer

Paleofuture: Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

Histories of the Internet: (preprint draft) PDF

Yovisto: Oskar Barnack – the Father of 35mm Photography

Yovisto: Alexander Lippisch and the Delta Wing


Conciatore: The Inquisition Reprise

Newsletter of the History of Science Society

BackRe(Action): Einstein’s greatest legacy – How demons and angels advanced science

Qatar Digital Library: 1,000 years of Arabic science & scholarship now online

Lucretius: Embracing absurdity: Lucretius and Feynman on taking the world as we find it

PetaPixel: CERN is Asking Your Help in Figuring Out What These Archive Photos Show

So, what is it? Image: CERN

So, what is it?
Image: CERN

Hakluyt Society: Hakluyt and Me: Using the Hakluyt Society Publications for my Doctoral Thesis

Project Muse: Bulletin History of Medicine Vol. 88 Num. 3

Images of Alfred Russel Wallace

CHoM News: Harvard Medical School Launches Submission and Archiving of Electronic Student Theses

Historical Atlas of Canada: Online Learning Project

AEON: Bonfire of the humanities: Public debate is afflicted by short-term thinking – how did history abdicate its role of inspiring the longer view?

The Telegraph: ‘The next generation of tech talent needs to be educated in history, classics and languages’

How We Got To Next: Robot Historians and the Heroic Idea

Brain Pickings: An Anatomy of Inspiration: A 1942 Guide to How Creativity Works

eä: Table of contents VOl. 5 No. 1

ISIS: Why Isn’t Exploration a Science?

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Having lots of letters after your name doesn’t protect you from spouting rubbish.

The Pitt News: Women and minority inclusion: What the sciences can learn from the humanities

Corpus Newtonicum: It’s all Greek to me

The Guardian: Has technology changed cultural taste?


Academic.edu: Contemporary Ritual Magic (Chapter 39, The Occult World)

Genetic Literacy Project: Science as profane: What superstition of 1752 and 2014 share in common


Oxford Journals: The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

The Geological Society: Lucky Planet

WALTHAM lucky.ashx



Amazon: Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters h/t @David_Bressan

RUDWICK Earths Deep History.ashx


Historiens de la santé: Forensic Medicine and Death Investigations in Medieval England



The New York Times: The Leaky Science of Hollywood: Stephen Hawking’s Movie Life Story is Not Very Scientific

Royal Museums Greenwich: Mr Turner & Mrs Somerville

Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville) prepares to demonstrate her experiment on violet light to J.W.M. Turner (Timothy Spall) and his household (Paul Jesson & Dorothy Atkinson) in Mike Leigh’s 2014 film Mr Turner.

Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville) prepares to demonstrate her experiment on violet light to J.W.M. Turner (Timothy Spall) and his household (Paul Jesson & Dorothy Atkinson) in Mike Leigh’s 2014 film Mr Turner.


The Telegraph: Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing: ‘he should be on banknotes’.


Popular Mechanics: AMC Tackles Rocket Science in Miniseries Produced by Ridley Scott – Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons

How We Get To Next: How We Made the “Light” Episode of How We Got To Now


Youtube: Japanology Calculators

Youtube: Brian Cox proves Galileo’s laws of fall (highly recommended!)


NYAM: The NYAM Lectures: Medical Lectures by Eminent Speakers: Some 40 radio broadcasts digitized and catalogued

BBC World Service: The Information Age


Chemical Heritage Foundation: Bones


Literature and Medicine Special Edition: Call for contributions before 20 November

Unspoken Voices: So, after some deliberation we have decided what we are going to be researching. We will be focusing on institutions that were used to house those with disabilities- particularly asylums.

Royal Museums Greenwich: Clocking Off Late 13 November

Historiens de la santé: Mediterranean Under Quarantine 1st International Conference of Quarantine Studies Network 7-8 November University of Malta

IHR: History of Sexuality Seminar Autumn Term 2014 University of London Senate House

The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture: Alfred Russel Wallace And Natural Selection: The Real Story Monday 1 December

International Conference at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany: Knowing Things. Circulations and Transitions of Objects in Natural History March 23rd – 24th, 2015

Royal Museums Greenwich: Travellers’ Tails Seminar Series: Exploration 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 29 Jan

Steven Institute of Technology: CfP: Taylor’s World Conference 24-25 September 2015

University of Cambridge Museums: The Art & Science of Curation at the Museums Association Conference

History and Technology: An International Journal: CfP: History and Technology

ChoM News: Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine: “Boundary Disputes Between British Psychiatry and Neurology” December 18

ChoM News: Lecture: The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them? Dec 4

Workshop at the 5th World Congress on Universal Logic 25-30 June 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey: CfP: THE IDEA OF LOGIC: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES


Scientiae Toronto 2015: CfP: Final reminder: Victoria College, University of Toronto, 27-29 May 2015


University of Nottingham: A Global University: 2015 Visiting Fellowships

University of London: The Warburg Institute: Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History – long term

Durham University: Junior Research Fellow

Brown University: Brown University Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Royal Society: Public Affairs Officer

Oxford Brooke’s University: Research funding opportunities

J.B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography

The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health has a position open for a Curator.

The University of Western Australia: Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions









































































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1 Response to Whewell’s Gazette: Vol: #20

  1. Joseph Ratliff says:

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