Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #30

Whewell’s Gazette

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Volume #30

Monday 12 January 2015

EDITORIAL:

The week that is covered by the thirtieth edition of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #histSTM links list is one that saw a sad loss in the #histSTM community with the death of the historian of science David C. Lindberg at the age of 79 on 6 January 2015.

Lindberg an expert for the history of optics, medieval history of science in general and the relationship between science and religion in the Middle Ages was one of the true giants of the discipline whose scholarship influenced all of those who came into contact with him or his writings. I personally never had the honour of meeting him but my own development as a historian of science has been heavily influenced, certainly for the better, in particular by Lindberg’s writings on the history of optics. His Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler is one of my all time favourite history of science books and I like, many, many others, have a copy of his The Beginnings of Western Science always close at hand. We have lost one of the greats but through his writings he will remain part of our community for a long time to come.

I humbly dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to the memory of David C. Lindberg, a fine scholar and a great teacher.

David Lindberg, History of Science, teaching class. © UW-Madison University Communications  608/262-0067 Photo by:  Jeff Miller Date:  9/00     File#:   0009-171c-16a

David Lindberg, History of Science, teaching class.
© UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067
Photo by: Jeff Miller
Date: 9/00 File#: 0009-171c-16a

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Death of Professor David C. Lindberg

UWMadScience: Lessons of a Lifetime

 

Birthdays of the Week:

Alfred Russel Wallace born 8 January 1823

A photograph of A.R. Wallace taken in Singapore in 1862

A photograph of A.R. Wallace taken in Singapore in 1862

History of Geology: The Forgotten Naturalist: Alfred Russel Wallace

History of Geology: A.R. Wallace on Geology, Great Glaciers and the Speed of Evolution

Fossil History: Wallace, Darwin, and Human Origins

 

Yovisto: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Natural Selection

http://blog.yovisto.com/alfred-russel-wallace-and-the-natural-selection/

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Plants and animals named after Wallace

Youtube: Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet

Nicolas Steno born 11 January 1638

Steno as Bishop J. P. Trap 1868 derivative work Source: Wikimedia

Steno as Bishop
J. P. Trap 1868 derivative work
Source: Wikimedia

Yovisto: Nicolas Steno and the Principle of Modern Geology

History of Geology: Nicolas Steno and the Origin of Fossils

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Great American Eclipses: American eclipse observations of the 17th and 18th centuries

Uncertain Principles: Science Story: Night Owls

Magic Transistor: Thomas Orchard, The Astronomy of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’

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The Renaissance Mathematicus: If you’re going to blog about history of science then at least do the legwork

ScienceNews: Bell’s math showed that quantum weirdness rang true

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Bog: When bad history meets bad journalism

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Simon Marius Anniversary Celebratios 2014 have been a great success

The Collation: From comet tales to bear tails

Nautilus: The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven: A Renaissance alchemist pioneers feedback control

ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHON ROSEN

ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHON ROSEN

Nautilus: The Glassmaker Who Sparked Astrophysics

Chronologia Universalis: Serendipity in provenance research, part 3

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

arXiv.org: The search for longitude: Preliminary insights from a 17th Century Dutch perspective (pdf)

Annie Smith Peck: A Woman’s Place is at the Top

“Men, we all know, climb in knickerbockers. Women, on the contrary, will declare that a skirt is no hindrance to their locomotion. This is obviously absurd… For a woman in difficult mountaineering to waste her strength and endanger her life with a skirt is foolish in the extreme.”  Peck, Outing Magazine, “Practical Mountain Climbing,” 1901.

“Men, we all know, climb in knickerbockers. Women, on the contrary, will declare that a skirt is no hindrance to their locomotion. This is obviously absurd… For a woman in difficult mountaineering to waste her strength and endanger her life with a skirt is foolish in the extreme.”
Peck, Outing Magazine, “Practical Mountain Climbing,” 1901.

British Library: American studies blog: Christmas, locked in the ice Nova: Shakleton’s Voyage of Endurance

 

MEDICINE:

Conciatore: The French Disease Reprise

The Times Scotland: Lunatic who exposed the asylum

Dittrick Museum: The Stomach and its Discontents: Digesting the Winter Holidays

Chom News: Oedipus and the Spjinx: a Gift for Isador H. Coriat

 

English Historical Fiction Authors: Witches and Midwives in Early Modern England

The Recipes Project: Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

NYAM: Louis Braille and His System: The Quest for a Universal Script

A competing English system of encoding text for the blind, using symbols close to legible letters. In William Moon, Light for the Blind, 1879, opposite page 66.

A competing English system of encoding text for the blind, using symbols close to legible letters. In William Moon, Light for the Blind, 1879, opposite page 66.

distillatio: Medieval treatments for sore joints

CHEMISTRY:

Philly.com: Restoration of 17th-century painting at Villanova reveals mysteries

 

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Gas Stations

Detail of a photo displaying gas masks developed during World War I. (Othmer Library)

Detail of a photo displaying gas masks developed during World War I. (Othmer Library)

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

History of Geology: January 6, 1912: Happy Birthday Continental Drift

 

The Embryo Project: Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples Italy 

Yovisto: Johan Christian Fabricius and his Classification System for Insects

Ptak Science Books: The Future of Oil in 1921

The Irish Times: Intrigue and egos in a tussle over Irish amphibian fossils in 1866

Old Weather Blog: A history of the World in 1,399,120,833 observations

The Embryo Project: “Experimental Studies on Germinal Localisation” (1904), Edmund B. Wilson

 

Yovisto: Elizabeth Gertrude Britton Knight and the Study of Mosses

Renaissance Utterances: Lecture: Exotic birds and animals in the 18th Century garden

Letters from Gondwana: A Brief Introduction to the Origins of Birds

Space: io9: This Geological Field Notebook is an Elegant Look at Mountain-Building

The Guardian: Earthquakes, tsunamis and a naked tribe. It’s Chile – and not just Galápagos – that inspired Darwin

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

TECHNOLOGY:

Slate: The Vault: How Photographs Tried to Capture the Terror of Night Zeppelin Raids During WWI

Science Museum: Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

History News Network: The Nuclear Disaster You Never Heard of

 

Priceonomics: The Invention of the Slinky

Images from James’ patent, filed in August 1946 and approved January 1947

Images from James’ patent, filed in August 1946 and approved January 1947

Conciatore: Anatomy of a Misconception

Fig. of glass drop, Thomas Hobbes, Problematica Physica, 1662

Fig. of glass drop,
Thomas Hobbes, Problematica Physica, 1662

Conciatore: Le Fritte

BT’s Let Talk: Information Age – a turning point for society

Thick Objects: The Chambers’ Micromanipulator (1921)

 

Yovisto: Joseph Weizenbaum and his famous Eliza

BBC: “I was there” At the launch of the ‘worst gadget in history’ in 1985

Yovisto: The Watches of Abraham-Louis Bréguet

Ether Wave Propaganda: Schaffer on Machine Philosophy, Pt. 6: The Ideology of Charles Babbage

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:Inside Higher Ed: Pop History

U.S. National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium

 

Project Muse: Casebooks in Early Modern England: Medicine, Astrology, and Written Records

Journal of Digital Humanities: A Distinction Worth Exploring: “Archives” and “Digital Historical Representation”

jamesungureanu: Visions of Science: Epilogue

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Experimental Philosophy and Mechanical Philosophy I: The Case of Henry More and Henry Stubbe

Notches: 365 Notches: (re)marks on our 1st anniversary

 

The Recipes Project: First Monday Library Chat: New York Academy of Medicine

International Commission on the History of Meteorology: History of Meteorology – Volume 6 (2014)

Homunculus: The birth of the scientific journal

Museum Two: What I Learned about Strangers from Jane Jacobs on my Winter Vacation

Wellcome History: Issue 54: Winter 2014

New: The Cultural History of Philosophy Blog: Altruism

 

Early Television Museum: Ed Reitan – Obituary

About 40 years ago, when Ed got his Model 5

About 40 years ago, when Ed got his Model 5

The Quad Video Tape Group: Restoring the Earliest Know Color Quad Tape: The Dedication of WRC-TV/NBC Washington DC

HASS: STS Reading List

Museum of Cycladic Art: Exhibition: Hygieia: Health, Illness, Treatment from Homer to Galen 19.11.2014–31.5.2015

ESOTERIC:

Wellcome Library: Spotlight: the power of angels – a charm against plague

A charm against the plague from Leech Book I, folio 30v, MS. 404, late 15th century. Wellcome Images L0073819.

A charm against the plague from Leech Book I, folio 30v, MS. 404, late 15th century. Wellcome Images L0073819.

Dis/unity of Knowledge: Models for the study of modern esotericism and science (pdf)

BOOK REVIEWS:

Time to Eat the Dogs: Inventing the American Astronaut

9781137025272

Heterodoxology: The Occult World – a new reference work for heterodoxologists

Brain Pickings: Albert Einstein’s Little-Known Correspondence with W.E.B. Du Bois on Race and Racism

 

NEW BOOKS:

The University of Chicago Press: Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject

Historiens de la santé: The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: Perspectives from the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas

Notre Dame Press: The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters

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Historiens de la santé: Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa

University of Pittsburgh Press: New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies

THEATRE:

FILM:

The Guardian: Every great individual stands on the shoulders of others

Science Observed: The opposite of a “lone genius”

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

Ron Townsend: From Problems to Solutions: Recruiting, Training, and Placing History PhDs in Non-Faculty Careers

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Jonathan Foyle discusses RCP ceremony and tradition

 

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Munich: Environmental Histories of Design: A workshop in Munich 19 June 2015

University of Cambridge: CRASSH: Lent 2015 Programme

 

University of Budapest: The CEU Summer University invites applications from MA and PhD students to the course “Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe” 29 June-4 July 2015

Diseases of Modern Life: CfP: Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals St. Anne’s College, Oxford 30 May 2015

La Lettre de L’Ehess: Mardi 27 Janvier 2015 Une autre histoire: Jacques Le Goff Journée d’étude organisée par la BnF et l’EHESS

The Swedenborg Society: Talks and Readings: Professor Simon Schaffer: Swedenborg’s Lunars542d2a9e819b0

The registration deadline for attending the 6th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science, which will take place in Oslo, Norway, 11-13 February 2015, is fast approaching.

Digital Humanities Awards 2014 Nominations

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Medicine, Translations and Histories 11-12 June 2015 CHSTM Manchester

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) now accepting open panel proposals for 2015 meeting Denver Colorado 11-15 November

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): Call for Open Panels: Denver 2015

University of Birmingham: Seminars and Conferences: Thursday 29 January Dr Clare Hickman: ‘Dr John Coakley Lettsom and the Mangle-Wurzel: Botany, Agriculture and Medical Practitioners in the Eighteenth-century’

Fourth Conference on History of Quantum Physics: Donostia/San Sebastian (Spain), 16-18 July, 2015. Palacio de Miramar

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: CfP: University Heritage and Cultural Engagement of European Universities 11‐13 June 2015

Confessions of a Curator: Call for Chapter Proposals: The 21st Century Special Collections Reader: contemporary approaches for special collections Due 1 Feb 2015

‘Maps and Society’ Lectures: 15 January Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London). ‘The World Map in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities (c.1050): Mathematical Geography between Late Antiquity and Islam’

University of Leeds: CfP: The History and Future of Rationing 25 March 2015

 

Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy): CfP: “Medical Terminology and Epistemology for a Dictionary of Genetics and its Degenerations from Hippocrates to ICD-10” 4-6 May 2015

8th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg (MuST) Conference: OBJECTIVITY IN SCIENCE Tilburg University, The Netherlands10–12 June 2015

Making Science Public: Citizen Science

Hektoen International: Third Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition

8TH  EUROPEAN SPRING SCHOOL ON HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND POPULARIZATION CfP: LIVING IN A TOXIC WORLD (1800-2000) EXPERTS, ACTIVISM, INDUSTRY AND REGULATION Maó (Menorca), 14-16 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Oxford: Directorship of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Institute for Humanities Research Arizona State University (2015-2016) “Monsters and Monstrosity” Fellows Call for applications

 

 The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds is pleased to inform potential applicants for postgraduate study that it is able to offer up to 18 fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK/EU students for 2015-16 entry, plus further scholarships for international students.

 

Durham Visual Culture Studentship: If you are interested in researching the history of science and visual culture, please contact me and I can direct you to an appropriate department which might be interested in your project.  I note that the deadline is 28 January 2015.

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Women in Medicine Fellowship: Application Period Open

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Countway Fellowships: Application Period Open

New York University: Post Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology

ConsortiumHSTM: Fellowships

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Duke University History of Medicine Travel Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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