Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, 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

Cornelis Bloemaert

Year 2, Volume #37

Monday 25 April 2016


Staying true to form your weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette is already running late in only its second week back after its brief hiatus. But it is now here bringing you all that we could scoop up out of the Internet of the histories of science, technology and medicine over the last seven days.

Last week saw a possibly unique award ceremony, as the same house in London was graced not with one but two of those ubiquitous blue plaques signifying the presence in the past of some person of note. What made this particular double award so unique is that both of the notables were Nobel Laureates, however the one,

Caricature of Beckett by Edmund S. Veltman Source: Wikimedia Commons

Caricature of Beckett by Edmund S. Veltman
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Samuel Beckett, for literature,

Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett  Source: Nobel Prize org

Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett
Source: Nobel Prize org

and the other, Patrick Blackett, for physics.

BBC News: Rare double blue plaque award to home of Nobel Prize winners

Whewell’s Gazette friend, and one time Whewell’s Ghost co-founder, Rebekah Higgitt, who is since recent times a member of the blue plaque committee, as well as taking part in the unveiling ceremony wrote an interesting blog post on the always excellent H-Word #histsci blog at the Guardian, of which she in co-proprietor, London’s Blue Plaques: a ‘double blue’ for science and literature. In her post she analyses the prevalence of blue plaques for #histSTM people, rather low, and how many of those are for women, not surprisingly, even lower. She then goes on to briefly discuss what can or could be done to increase the number of #histSTM people so honoured.

I want to ask a heretical question, is honouring them in this way actually worthwhile? Do people actually go round towns and cities looking for the sites where famous #histSTM people once lived and worked? Is there really a demand to have these sites identified with blue plaques or whatever their equivalent is in your part of the world? I pose these questions as somebody who successfully conducts history of astronomy tours of the city of Nürnberg both for interested groups and individuals. I say successful because, firstly people want to take part in these tours and secondly I have received much positive feedback from those who have done so. However, and this is a very speculative however, I don’t have the feeling that there are many people who on holiday, or a business trip or whatever would, armed with a street map or smart phone, go out on their own to hunt down the house where some Nobel Laureate for chemistry lived whilst doing his doctoral studies at the local university.

These comments are of course designed to provoke and if you feel duly provoke please feel free to vent your spleen in the comments.

Another #histSTM blue plaque story Chemistry World: Flashback: 15 years ago


Quotes of the week:

“A witch said she couldn’t help find a silver spoon because the wind was wrong, the sun wasn’t shining and Jupiter wasn’t up” – Salisbury 1653 – h/t @witchcourt

“Women are evil, lecherous, vain & lustful. All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is, in women, insatiable” – Malleus Maleficarum 1486 h/t @WhoresofYore

A historian (who shall remain nameless) once told me: “Theory is like underwear. It should always be there & no one should ever see it.” – Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry)

“Whoever says Industrial Revolution says cotton, and whoever says cotton says Manchester” – Victoria Bateman (@vnbateman) quoting Hobsbawn h/t @joseph_lane

“I am a compost-ist, not a posthuman-ist: we are all compost, not posthuman.” – Donna Haraway h/t @profpeppard

On two occasions I have been asked “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?“. In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question.

I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864)

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) h/t @ProfTomCrick

“Can we please stop with the ‘Rockstar’ historian shit please?” – Dr Steven Gray (@Sjgray86)

My morning typo, with so much to say: “bureaucrazy.” – Shannon Supple (@mazarines)

“A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after”. ― Gloria Steinem h/t @berfois

“Sometimes I even doubt whether I have impostor syndrome”. – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

“The more I see of men the more I like dogs.” – Madame de Staël (1766-1817) h/t @yovisto

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician”. I often think in music. – Albert Einstein h/t @phalpern

“Al-Kindi and the Brethren of Purity” would be a great band name – Jeffrey Rubinoff (@JeffRubinoff)

“If you’re thinking of writing a book on genes, better read Siddhartha Mukherjee’s magisterial The Gene before you decide if it’s worth it”. – Philip Ball (@philipcball)


“Dunno. I’ll ask my 5-year-old, who just married her stuffed bear to a stuffed pony”. – John Kovalic (@muskrat_john)


Math Definition I

Death of the Week:

 This week also saw the four hundredth anniversary of the death of one William Shakespeare, English Renaissance poet, actor and playwright. Not usually an occasion for a gazette dedicated to spreading the #histSTM gospel. However quite a few #histSTM historians wanted to get in on the act with new or recycled blog posts and articles about science, technology and medicine in the Bard’s times and in his works, so we have collected together those that we could find for your interdisciplinary delectation. A small word of caution upon entering and reading the material collected here, all that glitters is not necessarily gold, meaning that some authors tend to get a bit carried away with there #histSTM interpretations of Will’s dramatic works.

 William Shakespeare died 23 April 1616

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” – Shakespeare

“Scholars agree that many of Shakespeare’s plays weren’t written by Shakespeare but by someone else who had the same name”. – Peter Coles (@telescoper)

“I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.”— Charles Darwin

Royal College of Physicians: ‘Rapt in secret studies’: was Shakespeare’s Prospero inspired by John Dee?

Hyperallergic: The Poisons, Potions, and Charms of Shakespeare’s Plays

The Irish Astronomical Journal: The Astronomy of Shakespeare

Nature: Tudor technology: Shakespeare and science

Wellcome Collection Blog: The humours in Shakespeare

Faith and Wisdom in Science: Shakespeare and the Scientific Imagination

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Was Will a Copernican?

astro.ic.ac.uk: Shakespeare’s astronomy

Smithsonian.com: Was Shakespeare Aware of the Scientific Discoveries of His Time?

Youtube: Next – Aardman Animations (Lip Synch)


Birthdays of the Week:

Robert J. Oppenheimer was born 22 April 1904

J. Robert Oppenheimer, c. 1944 Source: Wikimedia Commons

J. Robert Oppenheimer, c. 1944
Source: Wikimedia Commons

AHF: Remembering Oppenheimer

Voices of the Manhattan Project: J Robert Oppenheimer Interview

Max Planck born 23 April 1858

Planck as a young man, 1878 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Planck as a young man, 1878
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Max Planck

Hubble Space Telescope launched 24 April 1990

Exploded view of the Hubble Space Telescope Source: Wikimedia Commons

Exploded view of the Hubble Space Telescope
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 The Wire: 10 Iconic Images to Recall 26 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

spacetelescope.org: Hubble Space Telescope


AHF: Albert Einstein

Forbes: Galileo and the ‘Myth’ That Won’t Go Away

University of Tartu Museum: Focault’s Pendulum


AHF: Leslie R. Groves

AIP: Maurice Goldhaber

Voices of the Mahattan Project: Raymond Grills’s Interview

The Guardian: Blast off! Why has astronaut Helen Sherman been written out of history?

Yovisto: Pierre Curie and the Radioactivity

The Guardian: Gerald Hawkins

Space Flight Insider: Our Spaceflight Heritage: Descartes and the Voyage of Apollo 16

brainpickings: Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal

The Renaissance Mathematicus: DO IT!

Space.com: Obama to Shine Light on Unsung Hero of Astronomy

Henrietta Swan Leavitt working at her desk in the Harvard College Observatory. Credit: Public domain

Henrietta Swan Leavitt working at her desk in the Harvard College Observatory.
Credit: Public domain

maia.usno.mil: The Contributions of Women to the United States Naval Observatory: The Early Years

Nautilus: This Philosopher Helped Ensure There Was No Nobel for Relativity

Ptak Science Books: A Good Astronomical Bull’s-Eye (ca. 1850)

arXiv: Early Pioneers of Telescopic Astronomy in India

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Wilhelm Schickard

Houghton Library: Galileo’s Sunspots Gif

Source: Houghton Library

Source: Houghton Library

AHF: Emilio Segrè

Tamworth Herald: Tamworth scholar who fell out with Sir Isaac Newton

Journal of Art in Society: Comets in Art

Science News: Humans have pondered aliens since medieval times



New Scientist: 6 stunning maps uncover hidden details of the Earth and moon

Fine Books & Collection: Early 19th-Century Embroidered Map of D.C.

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 9.51.43 PM-thumb-400xauto-10623

Library of Congress: Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps: British Spy Map of Lexington and Concord: A Detective Story

Yovisto: Jacques Cartier and the Discovery of Canada

Yovisto: Royal Botanist Charles Plumier

Open Culture: Download 67,000 Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection

Smithsonian.com: Eight Awesome Maps From Stanford’s New David Rumsey Map Center

The Denver Post: Lifestyles: Map quest: Old cartography a route to the past for Denver collector

Dayton News: Rare maps acquired by Texas General Land Office

Royal College of Physicians: A work by John Dee in Cambridge

Greater Greater Washington: Check out this DC bike map from 1896

Image from the DC Public Library.

Image from the DC Public Library.

The Map Room: A Look at the Osher Map Library

William Savage: Pen and Pension: Eighteenth-Century Patent Medicines: Kill or Cure?

Wall Street Journal: The Vatican’s Gallery of Maps Comes Back to Life


Thomas Morris: Worms in the nose

Time, Trauma, History: So, Just What is the Point of the History of Medicine?

Yovisto: Happy Bicycle Day

Psychedelic-Library: LSD – My Problem Child

Yovisto: Gustav Fechner and Psychophysics

Regency Reader: Regency Health and Medicine: Herbs for Ague


h-madness: Dissertations – Hans Asperger and the Ward for Therapeutic Pedagogy of the Viennese University’s Children’s Clinic

The Recipes Project: Controlled Substances in Roman Law and Pharmacy?

The Heritage Consortium: Remploy: The Changing Face of Disability Employment in Britain 1944–2014

Nursing Clio: A Letter to the Lady in Pants: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and the History of Women (Un)Worthies

Advances in the History of Psychology: New HoP: “Active Touch” Pre-Gibson, Health Psych & S. Africa, & Digital History

Medievalists.net: The Healing Power of a Garden – A Medieval View

A medieval garden – from British Library MS Royal 6 E IX f. 15v

A medieval garden – from British Library MS Royal 6 E IX f. 15v

Alabama Yesterdays: Cocaine Comes to Alabama in 1884

Newcastle University: University pays respects to eminent neurologist (John Walton)

Lord Walton of Detchant  1922–2016

Lord Walton of Detchant


Toilet Roll

Fine Woodworking: The H.O. Studley Tool Chest

flickr: Construction of the Forth Road Bridge

My medieval foundry: Casting into powder, a method from Biringuccio

Pacific Standard: A History of Subtle Sexism of Home Technology

Yovisto: Marc Seguin and the Wire-Cable Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge over the river Seine connecting Saint-Denis and l’Île Saint-Denis, constructed in 1844 by Marc Seguin and his brothers

Suspension Bridge over the river Seine connecting Saint-Denis and l’Île Saint-Denis, constructed in 1844 by Marc Seguin and his brothers

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Table Clock

Yovisto: Karl Ferdinand Braun – inventor of the famous Braun Tube

Conciatore: Don Antonio de’ Medici

Conciatore: Borgo Pinti

Open Culture: Behold the First Electric Guitar: The 1931 “Frying Pan”

Atlas Obscura: A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks

HNN: Patent for Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine Rediscovered

Capitalism’s Cradle: How Innovation Accelerated in Britain 1651–1851

Ptak Science Books: An Imaginary Skyline: Comparative Chart of the World’s Tallest Structures, 1852

Damn Interesting: The Tragic Birth of FM Radio

BBC: Future: The Victorians who flew as high as a jumbo jet

When Glaisher released his pigeons from the basket, they "fell downwards as a stone" (Credit: Science Photo Library)

When Glaisher released his pigeons from the basket, they “fell downwards as a stone” (Credit: Science Photo Library)

IMechE Archive and Library: Catch Me Who Can

The History Press: Brunel: The second greatest Brit of all time?

Ptak Science Books: A Great Work of Artistic Display of Quantitative Data–German Losses in the Battle of Britain (1940)

ICE: ICE Image Library


Esoteric Bosch: Bosch’s Owls: An informal analysis

The National Museum of American History: Mudd’s Tax Calculator

Niche: “Stumps”: Jane Rule on Galiano

Yovisto: John Graunt and the Science of Demography

The Natural History Museum: History and architecture


The H-Word: The tree of life: with Darwin from Genesis to genomics

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Sir Hans Sloane: Collector, Marmoset-Owner and Chocolate-Populariser

Atlas Obscura: Why Modern Meteorologists Use a 19th-Century Crystal Ball

Palaeoblog: Born This Day: Sir William Logan

Lady Science no. 19: Science and Feminism in the Anthropocene

Science League of America: A Pseudo-Huxley Quotation, Part 2

Notches: Sexual Violence Against Children in the 1960s

PLOS Biology: Morton, Gould, and Bias: A Comment on “The Mismeasure of Science”

Sprinkler Valve Through Door: Bird Neighbors (1897)


Atlas Obscura: Why 19th-Century Naturalists Didn’t Believe in the Platypus

More Insects: Without museums collections, there are no long-term natural history studies

TrowellBlazers: Tilly Edinger

BHL: Earth Day 2016!

New Scientist: Victorians experienced early climate change but missed the signs

OPB: What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have to do With Climate Change

Atlas Obscura: Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species to Prank a Rival


AHF: Glenn Seaborg

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Glenn Seaborg’s Interview

Chemistry World: Chemistry Nobel laureate Walter Kohn dies aged 93

Walter Kohn at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on July 3, 2012

Walter Kohn at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on July 3, 2012

c&en: Notable chemists who should have won the Nobel

about education: Pierre Curie – Biography and Achievements


Unsettling Scientific Stories: A History of the Future: Welcome to Unsettling Scientific Stories Blog

The Ordered Universe Project: Ordered Universe goes west

Ether Wave Propaganda: For My Zilsel Friends, The Dissenting Sciences

tandonline: Discovering Science from an Armchair: Popular Science in British Magazines of the Interwar Years

Islamic Manuscripts: Reference Library

The Guardian: Sir David Mackay obituary

 David MacKay achieved cult status among climate and energy aficionados following the publication of Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air in 2008. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

David MacKay achieved cult status among climate and energy aficionados following the publication of Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air in 2008. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

History Workshop Online: Making a home for women’s history in London’s East End

Advances in the History of Psychology: Help Kickstart the National Museum of Psychology!

the many-headed monster: On periodisation: an introduction

Nature: Peer review: Troubled from the start

Chronologia Universalis: On card catalogues

Nautilus: Why Physics is Not a Discipline

Science League of America: Well Said! Carl Zimmer on Theories

JHI Blog: Historicizing Failure

The #EnvHist Weekly

HNN: Alan Turing was one of many persecuted by Whitehall for their sexuality



Conciatore: Archiater

Tor.com: All the planets are But Rays: Victorian-era Magical Societies, Telepathy, and Interplanetary Space Travel


The Recipes Project: In Search of Alchemy

Academia: Connecting Events: Experienced, Narrated, and Framed


brainpickings: Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe

The Telegraph: Albert Einstein: he really was an egghead

Not Even Past: Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century Spain, By Nancy van Deusen (2015)

The Nation: Hume’s Call to Action

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: Robert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy

Popular Science: The Tyrannosaur Chronicles


New Statesman: The joy of rex: why Tyrannosaurus rex casts a long shadow

Nature: Autobiography: A lab of one’s own

Dissertation Reviews: The Trabzon-Bayezid Road and Modernisation in the Late Ottoman Empire

Monoskop Log: Julia Kursell (ed.): Sounds of Science – Schall im Labor 1800–1930 [English, German]


Paradise Road: Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station


berghahn: Series: Environment in History: International Perspectives

Princeton University Press: Controversy in Victorian Geology: The Cambrian-Silurian Dispute

IEA: Georges Politzer, le concret et sa signification

Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings: The Tyrannosaur Chronicles is here!

CUP: The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism

Wiley: A Companion to the History of Science


Broadway World.com: Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs


Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence May–June 2016

Leaping Robot Blog: From Laser Art to Laserium

Grup d’estudis d’història de la cartografia: Exhibition about Renacentrist cartography in Bergamo 16 April–10 July 2016

Bonner Sterne: “Argelanders Erben” im Universitätsmuseum Bonn bis 31 Juli 2016


Daniels Dies & Das: Eröffnung von “Argelanders Erben”

Royal Collections Trust: Maria Merian’s Butterflies 15 April–9 October Frome Museum:

Bridging the World: Benjamin Baker of Frome 5 March–21 May 2016

Dittrick Museum: Embracing Digital History: How Medicine Became Modern

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marsella: “Made in Algeria, généalogie d’un territoire” runs till 2 May 2016

Fine Books & Collections: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at BPL to Host Exhibit, “From the Sea to the Mountains” 2 April–28 August 2016

Bay Area Reporter: Wonderful worlds of 17th-century China: Asian Art Museum Runs till 8 May 2016 

Royal College of Physicians: Scholar courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee 18 January29–July 2016

The National Air and Space Museum: A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet

Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera: Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs 25 February2016–19 February 2017

AMNH: Opulent Oceans 3 October 2015–1 December 2016

Corning Museum of Glass: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope: April 23, 2016–March 18, 2017

Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 10 February 2016–4 September 2016

Wellcome Collections: States of Mind 4 February–16 October 2016

CHF: The Art of Iatrochemistry

University of Oklahoma: Galileo’s World: National Weather Center: Exhibits

ARTFIXdaily: “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” Will Examine Events Preceding, During and Following the Fight for Freedom from a Cartographic Perspective and Will Open at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2016

ZSL: London Zoo: Discover the fascinating wildlife of Nepal and Northern India

Royal College of Physicians: “Anatomy as Art” Facsimile Display Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

JHI Blog: Dissenting Voices: Positive/Negative: HIV/AIDS In NYU’s Fales Library

St John’s College: University of Cambridge: Fred Hoyle: An Online Exhibition

Manchester Art Gallery: The Imitation Game

The John Rylands Library: Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World 21 January–21 August 2016

Magic Witches

allAfrica: Algeria: Exhibition on Algeria (cartography) Marseille 20 January–2 May 2016

Historical Medical Library: Online Exhibition: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Somerset House: Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility

New York Public Library: Printmaking Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900 Runs till 27 May 2016

Museum of Science and Industry: Meet Baby Meet Baby Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

National Library of Scotland: Plague! A cultural history of contagious diseases in Scotland Runs till 29 May 2016

Hunterian Museum: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

Manchester Central Library: The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley 9 April–11 June 2016

Natural History Museum: Bauer Brothers art exhibition Runs till 26 February 2017 

Science Museum: Information Age

Cambridge Science Museum: Cosmic


The Rose Theatre: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson 7–30 June 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company: Doctor Faustus Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon 8 February–4 August 2016

Gielgud Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Booking to 18 June 2016

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Macrobert Arts Centre: The Trials of Galileo

Perth Concert Hall: The Trials of Galileo

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016 


Institute of Historical Research, University of London: Maritime History and Culture Seminar on ‘‘The Great Mars Boom’ of 1892: International Telegraphy and the Making of the Martian Canals’ 26 April 2016

Bede AD

Warburg Institute: Maps and Society Lectures: ‘Cartography and Captivity during the Napoleonic Conflicts, 1803-1815’. 28 April 2016

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: Public Health and Private Pain: A Night of Medical History and Drama 5 May 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich: Of Rare Marvels: Celebrating the Transit of Venus 28 April 2016

V&A: Courses: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches 18 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Festival of Museums 2016 – Glasgow’s Marvellous Medicine 14 May 2016


Royal Institution: The extraordinary theorems of John Nash 29 April 2016



Warburg Institute: ‘Maps and Society’ Lectures: Dr Elodie Duché ‘Cartography and Captivity during the Napoleonic Conflicts, 1803-1815’ 28 April 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: John Dee and the History of Understanding

Boston Medical Library: Lecture: Prescription Drug Abuse in American History:

The Polar Museum: Lucky 13 Storytelling from the polar regions of the world 13 May 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Dee late: inside Dee’s miraculous mind 9 May 2016

Royal Society: Lecture: Hasok Chang: Who cares about the history of science? 10 May 2016

Birkbeck, University of London: The History of Number Theory 21 May 2016

UCL: STS Haldane Lecture: Maja Horst, University of Copenhagen: Reframing Science Communication – Culture, Identity and Organisations 5 May 2016

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons: People Powered Medicine: A one day public symposium 7 May 2016

Discover Medical London: “Dr Dee” & The Magic of Medicine A Special Half Day Tour 27 May 2016

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

NYAM: Credits, Thanks and Blame in the Works of Conrad Gessner

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers


Ken Currie: Portrait of Peter Higgs, 2008

Ken Currie: Portrait of Peter Higgs, 2008


The Guardian: David Attenborough’s early films to be shown in colour for first time

BBC Four: The Silk Road



Youtube: Feynman: Mathematician versus Physicists

The Ordered Universe Project: Lecture: Wonders of the Universe

Los Angeles Times: Birthplace of atomic weaponry Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Hanford, Wash.


The British Journal for the History of Science: J.G. Crowther’s War: Institutional strife at the BBC and British Council

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Library and Archives: The Bloody Fields of Waterloo: Medical Support for Wellington’s Greatest Victory

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Knowing and Selling Exotic Drugs in Paris c. 1700

Voices of the Manhattan Project: The Search for Atomic Power: 1954 Radio Program

ICI Radio-Canada: Le test de quotient intellectual, ou outil controversé

History of Philosophy: without any gaps: 252. Neverending Story: the Eternity of the World

Distillations: Power in the Blood: When Religion and Medicine Meet in Your Veins

BBC Radio 4: After Chernobyl


Columbia University: The Center for Science & Society: Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables 23 September 2016

Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Rio de Janeiro, 23-29 July 2017): CfP: Blood, Food, and Climate: Historical Relationships Between Physiology, Race, Nation-Building, and Colonialism/Globalization

CFP Early Modern World

Organisé par Alexandre Klein (Université d’Ottawa): Histoire des relations de santé aux XIXe et XXe siècles 11 mai 2016

History at the Open University: Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence Institute of Historical Research London 4 June 2016

IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris: CfP: International Doctoral Conference in Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2016

Hist Geo Conf

Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, University of Oxford: Workshop “Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” 7 July 2016 Call for Abstract: deadline 30 April 2016

History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge: Workshop: Informal Aspects of Uncertainty Evaluation 20 May 2016

Annals of Science: Annals of Science Essay Prize for Young Scholars

Religion & Medicine

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CFP: Blood, Food & Climate – Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

2nd International Conference on the History of Physics: Invention, application and exploitation in the history of physics Pöllau, Austria 5–7 September 2016

University of Cambridge: Cabinet of Natural History: Seminars Easter Term 2016

Science in Public

APS: Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Deadline 2 May 2016

University of Leeds: Northern Renaissance Seminar: Programme: Communication, Correspondence and Transmission in the Early Modern World 12-13 May 2016

British Library: Conference: Transforming Topography 6 May 2016

Society and th Sea

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST): Invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017.

Warburg Institute: ESSWE Thesis Workshop 7 July 2016

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST: CfP: 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature

Vatican Library Conference

University of Illinois, Chicago: CfP: STS Graduate Student Workshop: 16-17 September

Swansea University: Inaugural Lecture 5 May 2016: David Turner: Locating Disability in Britain’s Industrial Revolution

University of Greenwich: Society and the Sea Conference: 15–16 September 2016

Notches: CfP. Histories of Music and Sexuality

Women hist phil

University of London: Birkbeck: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016: 11 July 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century 10–11 September 2016

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science: Annual Conference Programme 28–30 May 2016

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016

irkbeck, University of London: CfP: Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century 17 June 2016

University of Warwick: Workshop: Early Modern Experimental Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Religion 10–11 May 2016


European Commission: Research & Innovation: Marie Sklodowski-Curie Actions: European Fellowships

NYAM: Head of Preservation and Conservation

American Society for Environmental History: ASEH is offering two graduate student internships this summer – both in the Seattle area. Deadline for applications: May 31, 2016.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship – 2016 Competition

University of York: MA in Medical History and Humanities

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Digitisation Project Intern with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 

School of History at the University of Leicester: Teaching Fellow in the Histories of Medicine and Welfare for one year from 1 October 2016

University of Leeds: Programmes in History and Philosophy of Science

University of Wuppertal: Junior Professor in the Philosophy of Physics

Smithsonian Institution: Museum Curator, in the National Air and Space Museum



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4 Responses to Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #37

  1. “The Guardian: Sir David Mackay obituary”

    The only link is from the picture to itself, nothing to the Guardian.

  2. Gene Dannen says:

    Leo Szilard’s street corner on Southampton Row is long overdue for a blue plaque. Just saying.

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