Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #24

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 #24

Monday 01 December 2014


The 24th edition of your weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette is dominated for the second week in a row by the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. This time the film reviews are collected under the film heading. Unfortunately many of the ill informed review writers claim, inaccurately, that Turing invented the computer. This led our chief sub-editor to write a post on his other blog, The Renaissance Mathematicus, “Mega inanity”, that you can find under the technology heading. This of course raises the general question how (historical) accurate #histSTM films should be. Our chief sub-editor, being somewhat of a #histSTM pedant, thinks there should be very accurate, others allow for a fair amount of poetic license in the interest of entertainment. We don’t quite understand why a #histSTM film can’t be both accurate and entertaining. What do the readers think?

Birthday of the week: Darwin’s Origin of Species published 24 November 1859

Celebrate the birthday of Origins by becoming A Friend of Charles Darwin

Yovisto: Charles Darwin and the Natural Selection


The Embryo Project: The Origin of Species: “Chapter Thirteen: Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs” (1859), by Charles R. Darwin

The Talk Origins Archive: Chapter 14: Recapitulation and Conclusion

University of Cambridge: The evolution of Darwin’s Origins: Cambridge releases 12, 000 papers online

Open Culture: 16,000 Pages of Charles Darwin’s Writings on Evolution Now Digitized and Available Online

Open Culture: Darwin: A 1993 Film by Peter Greenaway

Quotes of the Week:

Erwin Schrödinger’s daughter, as quoted by Jim Hartle: “I think my father just didn’t like cats.” h/t @seanmcarroll

The ‘great man’ theory of history is in trouble. Will a saviour emerge to preserve it? @historyscientis

Philosophy is a science where the lab bench is a blank page. @DublinSoil

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams” h/t @AcademicsSay


Voices of the Manhattan Project: George Allen’s interview

Physics Central: physics buzz blog: Artifacts From the Archives

The New York Times: On the Trail of an Ancient Mystery

BBC: John Bell: Belfast street to be named after physicist

Yovisto: Peiresc and the Orion Nebula

Peiresc’s notes recording his first observation of the Orion Nebula

Peiresc’s notes recording his first observation of the Orion Nebula

Nautilus: Your Brain Can’t Handle the Moon

Space Watchtower: Buhl Planetarium Scale-Model Joins Miniature Railroad and Village

Yovisto: Anders Celsius and the Celsius Scale of Temperature

The Guardian: The medieval bishop who helped to unweave the rainbow

Blink: Fearsome symmetry



Smithsonian.com: John Smith Coined the Term New England on This 1616 Map

University of Cambridge: Research: The lady of longitude



The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead: Poisonous Experiments

19th Century Disability: Day at the Archives

The Recipes Project: Two ‘Infallible’ Missionary Cures in Seventeenth-century Southeast Asia

Wellcome Collection blog: Henry Wellcome’s Anatomical Venus


The Women’s Blog: The history od feminine hygiene products is far from peachy

Panacea: What a Pain: Early Modern Migraine Treatments

A veritable "How to Trepan" guide from Scultetus (1674)

A veritable “How to Trepan” guide from Scultetus (1674)

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Holding a Book Bound in Human Skin

O Say Can You See?: How do you cure a historic hangover?

NCBI: Myths in medicine. Jenner did not discover vaccination

Slate: The Vault: A 17th-Century Argument for the Many Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea


Conciatore: More on Manganese


Notches: Believe It: Finding Religion in the History of U.S. Sexuality.

Scientific American: Observations: The Fossil That Revolutionized the Search for Human Origins: A Q&A with Lucy Discoverer Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson and Tom Gray at Hadar in 1974. Image: Courtesy Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

Donald Johanson and Tom Gray at Hadar in 1974. Image: Courtesy Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

BBC: Earth; The “Lucy” fossil rewrote the story of humanity

The Embryo Project: Nikolai Ivanovic Vavilov (1887-1943)

Science News: Golden Fleece myth was based on real events, geologists contend

History of Geology: Geological Treasures in Ancient Egypt

Yovisto: Georg Forster – Naturalist and Revolutionary

Skeptoid: Griffins

Michael Roberts 4004: Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

The Appendix: The Emperor’s Turkey


The Atlantic: Why Americans Call Turkey ‘Turkey’


The Embryo Project: Karl Ernst von Baer


Yovisto: John Lloyd Stephens and the Archaeology of Middle America

Palaeoblog: Born This Day: Dunkinfield Henry Scott

The Embryo Project: The Hayfink Limit



Conciatore: A Matter of Plagiarism Reprise

The Telegraph: The 10 moments that changed science and engineering: in pictures

Wired: The Surprising Complexity of Old-School Calculators

Instrumenten Teylers Museum: Elektromotor Watkins & Hill 1843

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Mega inanity

Wired: How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Antiquarian Horological Society: Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805–1871) From mechanical to electrical horology (PDF)


Science Museum: Online Science: BESM-6 supercomputer, 1968-1987



Harvard Gazette: A lifetime of scholarship recognized


Philly.com: Peter H. Sellers, 84, scientist

The University of Chicago Press: Chicago to Publish New Journal: History of Humanities

Leaping Robot: Of Geese, Gravity, and Subjective Science

THE MOON GOOSE EXPERIMENT Island of the Sacred Scarab, launch pad, in the River Ob, near Novosibirsk, RU, 1st Aug. 2008, photograph @ Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bildkunst

THE MOON GOOSE EXPERIMENT Island of the Sacred Scarab, launch pad, in the River Ob, near Novosibirsk, RU, 1st Aug. 2008, photograph @ Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bildkunst

Advocate.com: Op-ed: How Gay Genius Alan Turing Got Me Through Middle School

Christie’s: Auction: Dr. James D. Watson’s Nobel Medal and Related Papers

BBC: James Watson to auction Nobel Prize for DNA discovery

Open Culture: Download 110 Free Philosophy eBooks: From Aristotle to Nietzche & Wittgenstein


The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Alfred Russel Wallace and Enthusiasts

Boingboing: The scientist who studies scientists – An interview with Harry Collins

Stanford News: Patrick Suppes, Stanford philosopher, scientist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, dies at 92

Yovisto: Norbert Wiener and the Science of Cybernetics

BSHS: Great Exhibitions 2014 Winners

The Stroppy Editor: Physician, explain thyself: science English vs lay English

Science Book a Day: Interviews Michael Brooks

Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Library funds a new partnership to digitize 800,000 pages of mental health archives

I Think of Icarus: Who’s Talking?

Ambix.org: Chemical Intelligence No. 12 November 2014

The Grote Club: New history of science and history of philosophy blog (highly recommended)

The Telegraph: How Churchill gave us tanks, radar, DNA…and a velvet green air-raid suit

Churchill giving a broadcast during World War 2, wearing a siren suit

Churchill giving a broadcast during World War 2, wearing a siren suit


Live Science: Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Timeline Photos: The Easter Holidays: Maskelyne and Cooke’s Dark Séance at the Egyptian Hall

Distillatio: The place of bellows in alchemy

Breughel’s famous drawing of an alchemist and his family

Breughel’s famous drawing of an alchemist and his family

Academic.edu: Casts of mind: the social life of Rammohun Roy’s skull


Rosetta Stones: Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Science Books Suitable for Gift-Giving

Penguin Classics: Alfred Russel Wallace by Dr. George Beccaloni


FIVE: Jonathan Israel on the Enlightenment


Book Power: Athene Donald on J.E. Gordon

Physics World.com: Top physics books for 2014


VRIN: La Philosophie Islamique


Swarthmore Phoenix: Science and history merge in alumni children’s book

The Dispersal of Darwin: Darwin’s Orchids: Then and Now


Psychedelic Press UK: Reimprinting Timothy Leary: An Interview with James Penner

Elsevier: Alan Turing: His Work and Impact

Historiens de la santé: Histoire de l’Hôpital Sainte-Anne de Baie-Saint-Paul. Dans Charlevoix, tout se berce – Margaret Porter Lucia Ferretti 

Historiens de la santé: La mise en scène du corps sous la direction de E. Chauvet et J. Rouassi


UCL: Keep the Candle Burning: A re-enactment of Michael Faraday’s famous Christmas Lectures Thursday 11 December 2014


The Guardian: Alan Turing was one of many heroes at Bletchley Park

Flavourwire: ‘The Imitation Game’ and the Intellectual Charisma of Benedict Cumberbatch

According to Benedict: The Imitation Game Exhibition at Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park Research: Dr Sue Black on ‘The Imitation Game Art Imitating Real Life’

Reuters: Benedict Cumberbatch hails unsung hero in “The Imitation Game”

New York Post: The shocking true story behind ‘The Imitation Game”

Panarmenian.net: Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Imitation Game” to open Italy’s Capri Fest

Washington Square News: ‘The Imitation Game’ boasts rich emotions


Engineering & Technology Magazine: The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film

Greg in Hollywood: Dave Karger interviews Benedict Cumbebatch about “The Imitation Game” for Fandango

Roger Ebert.com: The Imitation Game

The Guardian: The Imitation Game: how Alan Turing played dumb to fool US intelligence

Slate: How Great Is The Imitation Game

Deadline: ‘The Imitation Game’ Review: Pete Hammond on Cumberbatch’s Enigma

Bing: The Imitation Game: Matthew Goode Exclusive TIFF Premiere Interview

Youtube: “The Imitation Game” Review

Deadline: ‘The Imitation Game’ For Real: Year’s 2nd-Best Debut Per Theatre


Pri: Benedict Cumberbatch takes on another brilliantly awkward role as the man who brought computers to the world

USA Today: ‘Imitation Day’ breaks into box office in a big way



The Celestial Cinema: a talk by Compasswallah

The History of Symmetry: a talk by Compasswallah



Youtube: The surprisingly old story of London’s first ever electric taxi on display at the Science Museum

Twisted Sifter: Tesla Portrait Made from Sparks of Electricity

Youtube: Albert Einstein – How I See the World

Ri Channel: Lawrence Bragg: The Nature of Things



Warwick Podcast Browser: Medieval Islamic Medicine (7 podcasts)


Environmental Studies Association of Canada: call for proposals: ESAC Conference 2015


University of Birmingham: Conferences

Museum: Portfolio: CfP: Museum Ideas: Innovations in Theory and Practice

BSHS: CfP: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2015

2 – 5 July 2015, Swansea University

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Brown Bag Lecture: “The Optel Affair: The Curious Story of the First LCD Spin-off” 2 December 2014 12:00-1:00 pm


University of Groningen: CfP: Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion, and Science 21-31 March 2016

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science invites book nominations for the 2015 Dingle Prize.

University of Exeter: Call for papers: PJMH: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities

Social History Society: CfP: SHS Conference 2015 31 March-2 April 2015


Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminar: Men, masculinity and infertility – Alan Dolan 10 Dec 2014

University of Paris: Healthism & Self-Care Conference 12 December 2014


Historiens de la santé: Repenser l’histoire de l’hôpital: le centre et les marges (XIXe-XXIe siècles) IUHMSP 5 Décembre 2014

A Philosopher’s Take: CFP: University of Calgary’s 4th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference “Philosophy of Science” 13-14 March 2015

The Huntington: Exhibition: Vesalius and His Worlds: Medical Illustration During the Renaissance 12-13 December 2014


University of Neuchâtel: Entre l’œil et le monde: dispositifs et expédients d’une nouvelle épistémologie visuelle dans les sciences de la nature (1740-1840) Appel à communications 4-7 Novembre 2015


THE: Gresham Professor of Astronomy – a position with much history

Sir Christopher Wren The 9th Gresham Professor of Astronomy Godfrey Kneller's 1711 portrait

Sir Christopher Wren The 9th Gresham Professor of Astronomy
Godfrey Kneller’s 1711 portrait

York University of Toronto: Science Faculty: Science and Technology Studies Tenure Track appointment

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

University of Oslo: Associate Professor of Philosophy – Two Positions

University of Leeds: 3-6 month postdoctoral fellowships in the history of medicine and other areas of the medical humanities, to be held at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI)

MHS Oxford: Modern Collections Curator

University of St Andrews: ISHR Visiting Research Fellowship 2015-16

European University Institute: 160 fully-funded Ph.D. grants available

Operation Wallacea: Alfred Russel Wallace Grants for Outstanding Field Ecologists












































































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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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