Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #29

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 #29

Monday 05 January 2015

 

 

EDITORIAL:

Well our editorial staff has survived New Years Eve and they are back on the treadmill generating electricity so that we can bring you the first edition of your weekly #histSTM links list for the year 2015, which a couple of the mathematics buffs on Twitter have pointed out in a palindrome in binary code the universal language of computers, 11111011111. Its also rather nice in base eight 3737 and base four 133133.

 

Quotes of the Week:

Quote of the week

They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and this is a good argument against atheism. I think it’s a better argument against foxholes. – Kurt Vonnegut

‘The authorities of the British Museum have had another abuse to contend against & that is the practice of families sending a harmless lunatic member to spend the day in the Reading Room, thus providing them with an asylum…at the cost of nothing’ ‪1890s – @britishlibrary

“When it comes to science most of the jingoists and religious fanatics-particularly Hindus and Muslims, just love to revel in the past. There have been biases in writing of history and history of science but this can’t be set right by dubious claims. Stick to facts not fantasies”. – @irfhabib

 Birthdays of the Week:

Andreas Vesalius born 31 December 1514

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Special Collections & Archives at Mizzou: Happy Birthday Andreas Vesalius

News Works: Skepticism in medicine turns 500

RCS: Vesalius: 500 years on Lecture by Professor Vivian Nutton

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Space Age Archaeology: Shadows of the Moon: an ephemeral archaeology

Dawn Journal: December 29

Giuseppe Piazzi points the way to his discovery, the planet Ceres. (Dawn’s route there is more complex than Piazzi might have guessed.) Credit: Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo - S

Giuseppe Piazzi points the way to his discovery, the planet Ceres. (Dawn’s route there is more complex than Piazzi might have guessed.) Credit: Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo – S

 

Space Watchtower: New Year did not always begin on January 1

The Eclipse Expeditions of the Lick Observatory and the Dawn of Astrophysics (PDF)

Science 2.0: A Brief History of Exo-Earths and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Preach truth – serve up myths

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Cicero’s Map to the Stars

jamesungureanu: Vision of Science: Mary Somerville

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

MEDICINE:

The Embryo Project: Harry Hamilton Laughlin (1880–1943)

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Mummies and the Usefulness of Death

Center for Israel Education: First nursing graduates in the Land of Israel

December 7, 1921 Twenty-two women graduate from the Nurses’ Training Institute at Rothschild Hospital in Jerusalem

December 7, 1921
Twenty-two women graduate from the Nurses’ Training Institute at Rothschild Hospital in Jerusalem

Of Microbes and Men: The Curious Case of Tiny Tim Cratchit

The Recipes Project: How to Translate a Recipe (2)

The Conversation: Ancient hangover cures to get you through the new year

Early Modern Medicine: Infertility, Miscarriage and Men

Instagram: meta4rn: The first Australian mental health nurse

Atlas Obscura: Numbers Instead of Names on the Forgotten Graves of Asylum Patients

CHEMISTRY:

About Education: History of Fireworks

The Recipes Project: Dyeing to Impress: Hair Products and Beauty Culture in Nineteenth-Century America

"Bogles Hair Dye" in Walton's Vermont Register and Farmers' Almanac for 1862 (Montpelier: S. M. Walton, 1862). Image courtesy of Archive.org:

“Bogles Hair Dye” in Walton’s Vermont Register and Farmers’ Almanac for 1862 (Montpelier: S. M. Walton, 1862). Image courtesy of Archive.org:

 

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

NewsWorks: Volcanoes may have contributed to dinosaurs’ demise, Princeton scientists find

 

History of Geology: A tribute to the Year of Crystallography – Haüy’s Models

 

National Geographic: The Plate: What’s Best for Baby’s Tummy? The History of Baby Food

Road to Paris: A very short history of climate change research

The TrowelBlazers 2014 Review

Dumbarton Oaks: The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Woods Hole Museum: Cornelia Clapp and the Earliest Years of the MBL

Fossil History: Happy Birthday Marcellin Boule

jamesungureanu: Visions of Science: Charles Lyell

 

These Bones of Mine: Interview with Liz Eastlake: Dental Delights and Estonian Escapades

 

TECHNOLOGY:

The Royal Society: Microscope and oxy-hydrogen lamp projector

 

Image number: RS.10747 Credit: © The Royal Society

Image number: RS.10747
Credit: © The Royal Society

Conciatore: Faux Pearls Reprise

Conciatore: Neri the Scholar

Atlas Obscura: The 19th-Century Iron Balls Still Cleaning The Paris Sewers

The Institute: Five Famously Wrong Predictions About Technology

Flickr: Sani-Phone Hygienic Telephone Discs

The Conversation: A history of fireworks: how about some flaming artichokes to blast in the new year?

Fireworks on the River Thames, Monday May 15 1749.

Fireworks on the River Thames, Monday May 15 1749.

Live Science: Ancient Middle East Shipwrecks Shed Light on Shipbuilding History

Georgian Gentleman: What is your hobby?

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Chemical Heritage Magazine: In the Pink

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Museum of the History of Science: January Newsletter

Voices: Gone in 2014: Remembering 10 Notable Women in Science

British biologist Lorna Casselton  Credit: Bruce Sampson/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

British biologist Lorna Casselton
Credit: Bruce Sampson/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

TCP: EEBO-TCP Phase I Public Release: What to expect on January 1

Ether Wave Propaganda: The “MIT and the Transformation of American Economics” Conference and Maturation in the Historiography of Economic Thought

Michael Crichton: Why Politicized Science is Dangerous

IEEE: Bell Labs’ milestones dedications ceremony held Dec. 18 in Murray Hill

Mental Floss: Winston Churchill’s 1932 Predictions for 50 Years Hence

Nature: Time for the social sciences

Cultures of Knowledge: Merry Christmas and Glad Tidings

Robert Boyle (1627-91): Welcome to the Boyle Papers Online!

Journal of Universal Rejection

Wellcome Trust: Image of the Week: Happy New Year 2015!

Ancient Chinese wooden geomantic compass and perpetual calendar

Ancient Chinese wooden geomantic compass and perpetual calendar

LaCrosse Tribune.com: Museum to spotlight Wisconsin science

Blink: Can India have a scientific revolution?

The Guardian: Ivor Gattan-Guinness obituary

Pacific Standard: The Science of Society: What Is the Point of Academic Books?

JHI Blog: What Does Early Modern Bibliography Have to Do With a Blog?

Homunculus: There goes the neighbourhood

Reading the History of Western Science: A List of Good Places to Start

Motherboard: Should Unprovable Physics be Considered Philosophy?

C Net: Ancient Indian aircraft on agenda of major science conference

Plans for an ancient Indian flying machine Wikimedia Commons

Plans for an ancient Indian flying machine
Wikimedia Commons

Audra Wolfe: Doing Scholarship from Outside Academe

ESOTERIC:

The History of Phrenology on the Web: Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832)

Special Collections & Archives at Mizzou: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them in Special Collections

BOOK REVIEWS:

Empathy Library: A History of Bombing

Forbes: John Farrell: Book of the Year: Alice Roberts On Evolution and the Making of Us

Science Book a Day: Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860

steam-powered-knowledge NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Schreiben am Rand: Die »Bernische kantonale Irrenanstalt Waldau« und ihre Narrative (1895-1936)

Historiens de la santé: The Antibody Molecule: From Antitoxins to therapeutic antibodies

Ashgate: Australia Circumnavigated: The Voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator, 1801-1803

Pickering & Chatto: The Correspondence of John Tyndall

Historiens de la santé: Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History

THEATRE:

The Guardian: After Turing and Hawking, now it’s the stage story of Robert Oppenheimer, the man behind the bomb

Robert Oppenheimer, right, with Albert Einstein in 1947. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Picture Collection/Getty

Robert Oppenheimer, right, with Albert Einstein in 1947. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Picture Collection/Getty

FILM:

Indiegogo.com: A Film and Interactive Media Project about Navy Rear Admiral and Computer Pioneer, Grace Hopper.

Grace Murray Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, c. 1960 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Grace Murray Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, c. 1960
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Scientific American: Guest Blog: Stephen Hawking, Hawking Incorporated, and the Myth of the Lone Genius

The Theory of Everything, film review: Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking brilliantly

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

VIDEOS:

RADIO:

BBC: Wittgenstein’s Jet

Ludwig Wittgenstein Photographed by Ben Richards, Swansea, Wales, 1947 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Photographed by Ben Richards, Swansea, Wales, 1947
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

PODCASTS:

NPR: Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies at 107

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as "radium girls," later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107. Argonne National Laboratory

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as “radium girls,” later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107.
Argonne National Laboratory

History of the Earth: December 31. The 6th Extinction

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sixth International Workshop on the History of Human Genetics Glasgow, UK (Scotland), June 5-6, 2015 CfP: ‘Human Gene Mapping’ and ‘Oral History of Human Genetics’

ECREA: CfP: Communications History Bridges and Boundaries Conference 16-18 September 2015

The Royal Society: Conference: Publish or Perish? The past, present and future of the scientific journal 19-21 March 2015

 

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine – 14th Annual Conference Sydney 30 June-4 July 2015

 

LOOKING FOR WORK:

UCAR: Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer

 

The Bibliographical Society: Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Awards

RCP: Project Coordinator – – UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) project

Uppsala University: Postdoctoral associate

M-Phi: Jobs at LMU Munich: Three assistant Professorships in Logic and Philosophy of Language

M-Phi: Jobs at LMU Munich: Two Postdoctoral Positions in Philosophy of Mathematics

The Morgan Library & Museum: Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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