Whewell’s Gazette: Vol: #37

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

Row of Owls

Volume #37

Monday 02 March 2015


It’s that time of the week again and your weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette #37 is back bring you all the histories of science, technology and medicine that the Internet had on offer in the last even days.

This week saw a history of medicine story on the possible origins of the Black Death presented by the BBC thus:

BBC News: ‘Gerbils replace rats’ as main cause of Black Death

As was to be expected the popular science media fell into a feeding frenzy as to who could produce the most sensational and inaccurate headline for an equally inaccurate account of the research and its discovery. All the journalist had to do was to read the original paper or the popular account published on the Conversation by the reports authors,

The Conversation: Plague outbreaks that ravaged Europe for centuries were driven by climate changes in Asia

to get their facts right! Archaeologist and plague specialist Alison Atkin (@alisonatkin) has written two excellent posts analysing the whole sorry mess thus saving us the trouble.

Deathplanation: Avoid Gerbil Headlines like a cliche…


Deathplanation: Blame The Gerbils? Blame the Journalists?

As you can see above in our masthead there was a meeting of the editorial board this week.

Quotes of the week:

Sir Jonas Moore’s remedy for Sciatica, as reported by John Aubrey: “he cured it by boiling his buttock” – @borisjardine

Huizinga – “Task of history is to make past come to life. To do so it has to go beyond fact, create an image. History is not the sum of facts”. – @erik_kwakkel

“I had very good discourse with Mr. Ashmole, wherein he did assure me that frogs and many insects do often fall from the sky, ready formed.“ –Samuel Pepys

“They’re not anecdotes, that’s small batch artisanal data” – @pikelet

“The ‘scientific method’? Not a rigid sterile recipe to be taught, but an emotional and creative Art form to be nurtured.” – @Stelygs

“The finest historians will not be those who succumb to the dehumanizing methods of social sciences, whatever their uses and values, which I hasten to acknowledge. Nor will the historian worship at the shrine of that Bitch-goddess, QUANTIFICATION. History offers radically different values and methods.” -Carl Bridenbaugh, AHA presidential address, 1962 h/t @scott_bot

“History without the history of science…resembles a statue of Polyphemus without his eye.” I. Bernard Cohen h/t @embryoproject


AHF: Glen Seaborg

io9: The Complete History of Ceres, The Planet (?) Between Mars and Jupiter

Toledo Museum: Astronomical Compendium


Energy.gov: Turning the Manhattan Project into a National Park

AHF: Reincarnation of the K-25 Plant

Science News: Islamic Science paved the way for a millennial celebration of light

APS: History of Physics Newsletter

Data is nature: Laplacian Sigils – William George Armstrong’s Electrical Discharge Experiments [1899]

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Richard Malenfant’s Interview

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Freeman Dyson’s Interview

NYAM: The Private Lives of Galileo

AHF: Gregory Breit

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A Swiss Clockmaker

Bürgi Rock Crystal Clock Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bürgi Rock Crystal Clock
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Guardian: 25 years of the Hubble telescope – in pictures


The Public Domain Review: Journey from Venice to Palestine, Mount Sinai and Egypt (ca. 1467)


Bonhams: Mnemonic Globe

Board of Longitude Project: (Re)Displaying longitude



Hektoen International: Elizabeth Fleischman-Aschheim

Mosaic: The troubled history of the foreskin

First Things: An Anti-Vaxx Pope?

Recipes Project: Recipes and Experiment: A Poison Trial on Dogs

Yovisto: Giovanni Battista Morgagni and the Science of Anatomy

The IHR Blog: Witchcraft and Medicine in Modern France

A Nurse at the Front: Edith Elizabeth Appleton O.B.E. R.R.C.

Edith Appleton O.B.E. R.R.C.

Edith Appleton O.B.E. R.R.C.

Freakonometrics: John Snow and Openstreetmap

Brainpickings: Geometrical Psychology: Benjamin Betts’s 19th-Century Mathematical Illustrations of Consciousness


Panacea: From Orient to Occident Part I: Acupuncture in Victorian England


Making science public: Basic science and climate politics: A flashback to 1989

The Conversation: Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism

Embryo Project: “Viable Offspring Derived from Fetal and Adult Mammalian Cell” (1977), by Ian Wilmut et al.

The Independent: Dolly the sheep to be honoured with a blue plaque in Edinburgh

Soure: The Independent

Soure: The Independent

Tetrapod Zoology: Spots, Stripes and Spreading Hooves in the Horse of the Ice Age

Yovisto: Andrea Cesalpino and the Classification of Plants

Dr Len Fisher: 42. Carl Djerassi on the acts of creation and procreation

Digital Stories: The curious gardener

Wonders & Marvels: Slaves Identify Elephant Fossils in America

Embryo Project: Robert Lanza (1956– )

BBC News: Sir Richard Owen: The man who invented the dinosaur

The New York Times: Eugenie Clark, Scholar of the Life Aquatic, Dies at 92

Eugenie Clark examines deep water sharks from Suruga Bay, Japan, in 1980. David Doubilet

Eugenie Clark examines deep water sharks from Suruga Bay, Japan, in 1980.
David Doubilet

National Geographic News: ‘Shark Lady’ Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died

Storify: Malthus, West, Torrens, Ricardo –– February 1815

Fossil History: The Weird History of Oviraptors


Reuters: Stone Age Britons imported wheat in shock sign of sophistication

The New York Times: Libraries of Life

National Geographic: The Plate: Selling Spring Dreams: The Evolution of Seed Catalogs


History of Geology: A History of the Use Of Illustrations in the Geosciences I: Seeing is Believing…

Natural History Apostilles: If Darwin plagiarized Matthew, by Whiggish standards, then Matthew plagiarized Loudon

Nautilus: The Seeds That Sowed a Revolution

Darwin flowers

Scrol.in: Two decades after his death, Gerald Durrell is still making the world a better place

academia.edu: Hope Johnson LLD (1916–2010): An extraordinary Albertan amateur vertebrate palaeontologist



C&EN: Timeline: Chemical Weapons Then and Now

600 BC The Athenians besiege the city of Kirrha. They poison the besieged city’s water supply with heart-toxic extracts of hellebore plants.

600 BC The Athenians besiege the city of Kirrha. They poison the besieged city’s water supply with heart-toxic extracts of hellebore plants.


Conciatore: Gold Ruby Redux

Cranberry glass or Gold Ruby  treasury chamber of the Wittelsbacher , Munich Residenz.

Cranberry glass or Gold Ruby
treasury chamber of the Wittelsbacher , Munich Residenz.


Conciatore: Alberico Barbini

Daytonian in Manhattan: Forensic History – No. 35 West 10th Street

My medieval foundry: Being a blog, I can ask questions that professionals won’t go near due to lack of evidence

Inside the Science Museum: Robert Watson-Watt and The Triumph of Radar

BBC Future: Why the fax machine isn’t quite dead yet

O Say Can You See?: Finding modern meaning in 130-year old sound


ORAU.org: Chang and Eng Neutron Detector (1940s)

Tycho’s Nose: Academics won’t be typecast no more

AnOther: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Frances Glessner Lee© Glessner House Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Frances Glessner Lee © Glessner House Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

IWM: How Alan Turing Cracked the Enigma Code


National Geographic: A History of Skis

Ptak Science Books: Graphic Display of U.S. Patents, 1836–1915

The Public Domain Review: Catalogue of the 68 competetive designs for the great tower for London (1890)



THE: Is philosophy dead?

Imperial & Global Forum: What is Global Intellectual History – If It Should Exist At All?

The many-headed monster: Who were ‘the people’ in early modern England? Part I

EMLO: The Correspondence of Joseph Justus Scaliger (1669 letters)

Josephus Justus Scaliger, painted by Paullus Merula, 3rd librarian of Leiden University, 1597

Josephus Justus Scaliger, painted by Paullus Merula, 3rd librarian of Leiden University, 1597 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Hostelworld.com: Reiseblog: London für Fortgeschrittene: 3 weniger bekannte Museen und ihre großartigen Blogs

The Royal Society: Notes & Records: March 2015: Vol. 69 Issue 1 “Women and Science” Table of Contents

George Campbell Gosling: Flattening History

Science: AAAS: The Science Hall of Fame

NYAM: Recommended Resources

Wellcome Library: Announce several new collections on the theme of genomics

Double Refraction: Why historians shouldn’t write off scientists: on Steven Shapin’s review of Steven Weinberg’s Explain the World


The Royal Society: Your students past the Royal Society door

Discover Magazine: Infinity is a Beautiful Concept – And It’s Ruining Physics


CHoSTaM: News and Notes: Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South

Society for the Social History of Medicine: New Website

The Boston Globe: Russian science is amazing. So why hasn’t it taken over the world?

In The Dark: What is the Scientific Method?

ANZSECS: The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies New website

Motherboard: Saving Human Knowledge at 800 Pages an Hour

The Point: The Soviet Science System

Nautilus: The Thrill of Defeat

Aeon: Can God lie? Until the Scientific Revolution, God’s power included a licence to deceive. How did science make an honest man of Him?

Blink: The Compass Chronicles: Infinity versus Ramchundra

Compass Wallah: The War on History

Inside the Science Museum: Photography and the Science Museum Group

Somerville Historian: Research & Anthropology

Report on a Boston University Conference December 7-8, 2012 on ‘How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Contemporary U.S. Science Teaching?


Wallifaction: reflections on teaching the history of science and religion: part 1


Forbidden Histories: Temple Medicine, Oracles and the Making of Modernity: The Ancient Greek Occult in Anthropology and Psychology

Verso: Newton’s Lost Copy of Mead, Revealed

Detail showing the future Millennium from the apocalyptic time chart found in Newton’s copy of Mede’s Works (1672). Mede’s chart likely helped inspire Newton’s own apocalyptic beliefs. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Detail showing the future Millennium from the apocalyptic time chart found in Newton’s copy of Mede’s Works (1672). Mede’s chart likely helped inspire Newton’s own apocalyptic beliefs. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Distillatio: Mountains and alchemy


Yovisto: Camille Flammarion and his Balancing Act between Popular Science and Science Fiction


Science Book a Day: The Lunar Men: The Friends who made the Future

From the Hands of Quacks: Institutionalizing the Insane in Nineteenth-Century England

Science Book a Day: 10 Great Books on Life Sciences

The Renaissance Mathematicus: From astronomy to literature – Bridging the gap


Thinking Like a Mountain: Knowing Nature in Early Modern Europe

Science Book a Day: Maria Sibylla Merian: The New Book of Flowers

News Works: A look at the development of vitamins and our unabated obsession with them

Reciprocal Space: Being mortal and being Crick


Catherine Price: Vitamania

SCQ: Advanced Quantum Thermodynamics (is a subject I know very little about)

Ashgate: Anatomy and Anatomists in Early Modern SpainStein


Theatre Rhinoceros: Breaking the Code 4-21 March 2015


The Science and Entertainment Laboratory: The Playing God Film Series: Science & Religion on Screen


Scientific American: Observations: Best Actor Eddie Redmayne on Portraying Stephen Hawking

Medium.com The Devastating Stereotype of the Artless Scientist

Slate.com: How Accurate Is The Imitation Game?





Bloomberg: Alan Turing’s Hidden Manuscript Set to Reap Millions

Youtube: Castle Bravo Nuclear Test


BBC: A History of Ideas: The Antikythera Mechanism

LFR 24: God’s Philosophers



ODNB: Lunar Society

BookLab 005: The Human Age; The Moral Landscape; Eureka!

AHF: Health and Safety Monitoring

CHF: Distillations Podcast: Episode 196: Innovation & Obsolescence: The Life, Death, and Occasional Rebirth of Technologies

NPR: Episode 606: Spreadsheets!


Making Waves: Lecture: Why Did Scientists Come to Write Autobiographies? 6 March 2015 Leeds Art Gallery

The British Library: The Eccles Centre for American Studies: Alaska, The Artic and the US Imagination 16 March 2015

CRASSH: CfP: Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition Cambridge University 18-20 June 2015

The Edwin Worth Library Dublin: CfP: Food as Medicine: Historical perspectives 9-10 October 2015

AAHM: New Haven 2015: Program, Registration, etc.

University of Durham: 10th Integrated History and Philosophy of Science Workshop 16-17 April 2015

UCL: STS Haldane Lecture 12 March 2015

York Minster: Faith and Wisdom in Science 8, 15 & 22 July 2015

Ischia Summer School: Fourteenth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences Call for applications — Ischia 2015: Geographies of Life 27 June – 3 July 2015

Rijks Museum: CfP: Arts and Science in Early Modern Low Countries Amsterdam 17-18 September 2015

Wellcome Collection: Exhibition: Forensics: The anatomy of crime 26February–21 June 2015

CRASSH: What’s on at CRASSH 17-February–6 March

Resilience: Special Issue: CfP: Global Environmental Histories From Below

Committee on the Study of the Reformation: CfP. The Tree of Knowledge 28–29 May 2015 University of Warsaw


The Grolier Club: Exhibition: Aldus Manutius A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze 25 February–25 April 2015


The New York Times: A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback

CRASSH: The Places of Early Modern Criticism 23-24 March 2015

HSS: CfP: HSS 2015 Annual Meeting 19-22 November 2015


Kings College London: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards: Rethinking technical change in modern British agriculture, c1920–1970

University of Leicester: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships: 3 new fully-funded PhD studentships

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

University of Bristol: Postdoctoral Research Assistant. History of Medicine (Life of Breath)


NMBU: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in philosophy – Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Science

University of Leiden: Call for Proposals: Van de Sande fellowship 2015, Brill fellowships 2015, Elsevier fellowship 2015

University of Edinburgh: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

CRASSH: Two Research Associates: Limits of the Numerical

University of Cambridge: Isaac Newton – Ann Johnston Research Fellowship in The Humanities 2015

University of Cambridge: Research Associate (HoS) (Fixed Term)

CRASSH: two Research Associates in the Early Modern Period (History of Art and History of Science) Making Visible

UCL: 340 £10,000 bursaries available for Master’s study at UCL

Johns Hopkins University: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Medicine












































































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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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