Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #39

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 #39

Monday 09 May 2016


Another week, another edition of the weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette bringing you as much of the histories of science, Technology and medicine out of the depths of cyberspace as you could read in a month of Sundays.

For me one of the principle functions of #histSTM is #scicomm. That is using the histories of the various disciplines to try and communicate their function, importance, relevance or whatever. One of the greatest communicators of science who ever lived is without any doubt whatsoever David Attenborough, who turned ninety on Sunday 8 May 2016.

I very much doubt if there are many British* scientists, science communicators, science journalists, historians of science or just fans of science, for that matter, who were not touched, moved, motivated, fascinated, educated, inspired or sometimes even totally floored by one or other of the multitude of science programmes that Attenborough has made over the last almost seventy years. *(This is probably true of lots of other countries too, but I don’t know how much of Attenborough’s work has been broadcast in any other countries. I do know that there are Wikipedia article on him in lots of different languages!) Attenborough broadcasts mostly over the natural world but it is safe to say that he himself is a force of nature.

If that wasn’t enough in his role as a manager of the then relatively new BBC 2 television channel Attenborough was responsible for introducing the world to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, Pot Black (the Snooker World Championship) and The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures. Being responsible for those series alone is enough to make him a living legend but this was merely a small side line in his extraordinary live.

Just by existing he last week rescued the British Government from a very sticky situation. Somebody came up with the (not so) bright idea of asking the Internet to choose a name for a new research ship. A journalist in a moment of childish irresponsibility suggested the name Boaty McBoatface! The Internet pounced and by a margin of a zillion to one Boaty McBoatface won the popular vote. Enter stern Conservative Government Minister, “We are NOT going to name a mega-million pound research vessel Boaty McBoatface!” The Internet fumed! Then came the Solomonic decision, the vessel will be named “Sir David Attenborough”. To protest against this decision would have been sacrilege.

The Internet is full of birthday tributes to the great man of which I have only included a small random selection below. If you read or look at nothing else you should look at the three BBC One web exclusive Youtube videos at the end of the list, they are made in co-operation with Aardman! However in honour of his ninetieth birthday I dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to:

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough BBC / Sophie Lanfear

Sir David Attenborough BBC / Sophie Lanfear

“I suppose they would need a bigger ship if they had to paint “Attenborough McAttenboroughface” along the side” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

 David Attenborough at 90

Huff Post: Happy 90th Birthday David Attenborough!

Independent: Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him

New Scientist: David Attenborough: We’re suffocating ourselves

The Guardian: Dinosaurs and David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum

In the Dark: Sir David Attenborough at 90, Boaty McBoatface, and the song of the Lyre Bird

BBC News: Sir David Attenborough: Tributes paid as he turns 90

The Conversation: Sir David Attenborough at 90: the mesmerising storyteller of the natural world

Ri Channel: Christmas Lectures 1973: The Language of Animals

The Guardian: So you think you know David Attenborough? – video

BBC iPlayer: Happy Birthday to Sir David Attenborough

The Atlantic: Every Episode of Davis Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked

Youtube: Nature Video Part 1: David Attenborough on Darwin

Youtube: Nature Video Part 2: David Attenborough on Birds of Paradise

Youtube: Nature Video Part 3: David Attenborough: Scientist or Broadcaster?

Youtube: An evening with Sir David Attenborough


BBC One: Web exclusive: The day I met Attenborough – Penguins

BBC One: Web exclusive: The day I met Attenborough – Lyrebird

BBC One: Web exclusive: The Gorillas Meet Attenborough

Quotes of the week:

Shit in the bed

Here’s what Hillsborough taught me. It’s just a game. It should never be a death sentence. And football rivalry NEVER trumps humanity. Ever. – Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann)

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important”. – Bertrand Russell h/t @HambuloN

Gang of Phil

Just read the line “I am not interested in a hermeneutics, or an erotics, or a metaphorics of my anus.” – Sarah Ditum (@sarahditum)

Shaw Quote

“History is written by the Victors. No one ever got their last names, though”. – Brian Switek (@Laelaps)

“Personally I think a quid is a reasonable price for a quo, as long as it’s a genuine quo”. – Peter Coles (@telescoper)

Book Cartoon

“I would rather have question that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned” – possibly Richard Feynman


“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde h/t @Libroantiguo

“Best C17 name seen today: Mr Polycarpus Wharton (for all your gunpowder requisites)” – Kate Morant (@KateMorant)

Giordano Bruno’s self-description in opening of application to Oxford for a teaching position (Rowland 2008)

Giordano Bruno’s self-description in opening of application to Oxford for a teaching position (Rowland 2008)

Birthdays of the Week:

Athanasius Kircher born 2 May 1602

Portrait of Kircher at age 53 from Mundus Subterraneus (1664) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Kircher at age 53
from Mundus Subterraneus (1664)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Athanasius Kircher – A Man in Search of Universal Knowledge

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Athanasius Kircher

History of Geology: Damned Souls and Fiery Oceans – Early Views of Earth’s Core

Bircher Section of the Earth from "Mundus Subterraneus", first edition published in 1664-1665. -

Bircher Section of the Earth from “Mundus Subterraneus”, first edition published in 1664-1665. –

Sigmund Freud born 6 May 1856

Freud with his father Jakob in 1864. In The Freud centenary exhibit of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1956.

Freud with his father Jakob in 1864. In The Freud centenary exhibit of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1956.

Yovisto: Freudian Slips and other Trifles

Haaretz: The Close Relationship Between Einstein and Freud, Relatively Speaking

NYAM: Young Man Freud

Open Culture: Download Great Works by Sigmund Freud


Yovisto: Heinrich Gustav Magnus and the Magnus Effect

nasaonline: Robert Williams Wood 1868–1955 A Biographical Memoir

AHF: Philip Abelson

Pickle: Melbourne’s greatest telescope


1001 Inventions: The World of Ibn al-Haytham

Voices of the Manhattan Project: J. Samuel Walker’s Interview

OMNI Q&A: Ilya Prigogine on the Arrow of Time

Ilya Quote

Yovisto: Steven Weinberg and the Great Unifying Theory

Cosmos: Six physics equations that changed the course of history

APS News: This Month in Physics History: May 5 1933: The New York Times Covers Discovery of Cosmic Radio Waves


The Renaissance Mathematicus: Tracking the Messenger of the Gods

Pierre Gassendi after Louis-Édouard Rioult. Source: Wikimedia Common

Pierre Gassendi
after Louis-Édouard Rioult.
Source: Wikimedia Common

Muslim Heritage: The Stellar and Lunar Keys to Medieval Muslim Agriculture

The Telegraph: How British scientist Hertha Marks Ayrton discovered the secrets of ripples

Atlas Obscura: Ancient Aboriginal Astronomy

Popular Science: NASA renames Building After ‘Human Computer’ Katherine Johnson

Mental_floss: Decimal Time: How the French Made a 10-Hour Day

Royal Museums Greenwich: History of the Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory, Greenwich c. 1902 as depicted on a postcard Source: Wikimedia Commons

Royal Observatory, Greenwich c. 1902 as depicted on a postcard
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Ted Taylor’s Interview – Part 3

Perimeter Institute: Pioneering Women of Physics

O Say Can You See?: What emerging science got the public excited in the 1880s? Spectroscopy!

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Siegfried Hecker’s Interview – Part 3

The Ordered Universe Project: Grosseteste at Georgetown

Forgotten Faces of Science: The Women Who Classified the Stars


Royal Museums Greenwich: John Cabot

British Library: Maps and views blog: Less of a Random Mapper: a new feature for Georeferencer

Atlas Obscura: Found: Captain Cook’s Ship

BBC News: Endeavour: Has the ship Captain Cook sailed to Australia been found?

The Telegraph: Archaeologists move a step closer to finding wreck of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour

HNN: Legendary Explorer’s Long-Lost Ship May Have Been Found Off Rhode Island

Earl of Pembroke, later HMS Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768. By Thomas Luny, dated 1790. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Earl of Pembroke, later HMS Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768. By Thomas Luny, dated 1790.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Guardian: Captain Cook’s Endeavour: from the Great Barrier Reef to Rhode Island?

boingboing: Where is Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour? Science can almost tell us!

Yovisto: How the Pope divided the New World among Spain and the Rest of the World

Conversant: “That Country is my Country” Loyalism and Maps of British America

Cynefin: The Tithe Maps of Wales: Cynefin Project

The Saleroom: American Civil War Era Manuscript Map

National Museum of Scotland: Portrait of Alexander Dalrymple

Live Sciences: 7 Extreme Female Explorers

Jackie Ronne and her husband Finn on skis in Antarctica during an expedition from 1946-1948. Credit: Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

Jackie Ronne and her husband Finn on skis in Antarctica during an expedition from 1946-1948.
Credit: Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

Gizmodo: These Stunning Maps Show the Final Months of the First World War


eä: The first national tuberculosis congress in Portugal (1895)

Morbid Anatomy: Public Dissections, Frederik Ruysch and the Theatrum Anatomicum: Touring the Waag at Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend

Flickering Lamps: The Abandoned Temperance Hospital in Euston



Fugitive Leaves: From ‘Bicephalic Monsters’ to ‘Brains of the Insane’: How Anatomists Built Evolutionary Hierarchies

storify: Nursing Medical Research Museum

Scientific American: Arsenic’s Afterlife: How Scientists Learned to Identify Poison Victims [Excerpt]

SHM Oxford: Medicine and Charity in Eighteenth-century Northumberland: The Early Years of the Bamburgh Castle Dispensary and Surgery c. 1772–1802

Wellcome Library: Views of Harbin (Fuchiatien) taken during the plague epidemic, December 1910 – March 1911

Thomas Morris: Champagne ad libitum

NYAM: Counterfeiting Bodies: Examining the Work of Walther Ryff

Circulating Now: A Mughal Era Manuscript Curiously Illustrated

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: International Day of the Midwife

Perceptions of Pregnancy: Midwives Behaving Badly? Complaints against Lying-In Charity Staff, c. 1800–1834

From the Hands of Quacks: The Pulsator: How a Portable artificial Respirator Saved the Lives of Children

The Iron Lung Ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California during the height of a polio epidemic, c.1953.

The Iron Lung Ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California during the height of a polio epidemic, c.1953.

The Recipes Project: ‘Recipes for Relationships’: Food, Medicine, Families and Cultural Engagement

Milk: Dissecting the Morbid Beauty of 18th Century Anatomical Figures

Yovisto: Dorothea Erxleben – Germany’s First Female Medical Doctor

Thomas Morris: Mass delusions

The Establishment: Weird Beliefs About Women’s Bodies

Société Binet-Simon: Histoire du test de IQ

Wellcome Library Blog: The origins of the English almanac

h/t Thomas Morris

h/t Thomas Morris

Dr Alun Withey: ‘Weird’ remedies and the problem of ‘folklore’

Remedia: ‘The Touch of a Man’: Gender and Male-Caregiving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in WW1

Histories of Emotion: Early Modern Mothers, in Their Own Words

Thomas Morris: Plum stone colick

Nursing Clio: Sunday Morning Medicine


The Guardian: Who invented the cash machine? I did – and all I earned was £10

Conciatore: Pebbles from Pavia

Conciatore: Scraping the Barrel

Conciatore: Glass from Tinsel

IMechE Archive and Library: One Birdcage Walk

AMS Blogs: Happy Birthday, Claude Shannon

New Republic: How Literature Became Word Perfect

Independent.ie: To the 19th Century genius who began the digital revolution – Prof Boole, take a bow

London Reconnections: London’s First Highway

Original Canary Wharf ‎Pier for RiverBus services. Courtesy Darryl Chamberlain,

Original Canary Wharf ‎Pier for RiverBus services. Courtesy Darryl Chamberlain,

Yovisto: The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley

The Met: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The Piano: The Pianofortes of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731)

Distillations Blog: The Art of Metal Filaments

Distillations Blog: The Transnational Light Bulb

distillatio: And another one bites the dust

Yovisto: Gustav Eiffel and his Famous Tower

The Devil’s Take: Daisy, Daisy…


Yovisto: You Press the Button and We do the Rest – George Eastman revolutionized Photography

The Maintainers: Creating a Factory-based Repair System in a Chinese Industrial Enterprise, 1961

The New York Times: Solving the Mystery of Ancient Ink Origins

Alembic Rare Books: Two Georgian Era Magnifying Glasses

Boston Globe: The qwerty history of the word processor

Scientific Instrument Society: Reverse Printed Paper Instruments [pdf]

Engineering Timeline: Thames Flood Barrier

The Huffington Post: London Would Have Been Submerged Without Thames Barrier Shocking Picture Reveals

Ancient Origins: The ancient invention of the steam engine by the Hero of Alexandria

The Public Domain Review: Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

Illustration from an 1851 English edition of Hero’s Pneumatica, in which he describes machines working on air, steam or water pressure

Illustration from an 1851 English edition of Hero’s Pneumatica, in which he describes machines working on air, steam or water pressure

Bristol Scout: 1 May 1916

Cambridge University Library Special Collections: Manuscript Image of the Month – The Maxim Airplane

Smithsonian.com: 26 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciate


Glow Worm Quote

Atlas Obscura: Here Are the Medals Given to Eugenically Healthy Humans in the 1920s

BBC News: DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked

Natue: The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Chapentier’s life

Scientific American: Laelaps: There’s Something Fishy about This Fossil Bird

Scientific American: Laelaps: Paleo Profile: The Light-Footed Lizard

The Guardian: John James Audubon and the natural history of a hoax

 A page from Constantine Rafinesque’s field notebook, with a ‘big-eye jumping mouse’, a ‘lion-tail jumping mouse’, a ‘three-striped mole rat’ and a ‘brindled stamiter’. Photograph: Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # SIA2012-6065.

A page from Constantine Rafinesque’s field notebook, with a ‘big-eye jumping mouse’, a ‘lion-tail jumping mouse’, a ‘three-striped mole rat’ and a ‘brindled stamiter’. Photograph: Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # SIA2012-6065.

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

NYAM: “How Many Stamens Has Your Flower?” The Botanical Education of Emily Dickinson

From Shanklin: From Shanklin

Science League of America: Who Was the Occupant? Part 1

Atlas Obscura: Scientists Uncover a Huge Trove of Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica

Yovisto: On the Road with Alexander von Humboldt

Matteo Farinella: Alexander von Humboldt

Wildlife Article: Celebrating the legacy of John Muir

TrowelBlazers: Lady Rachel Workman MacRobert

Lady MacRobert

Lady MacRobert

Phys Org: Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs’ extinction, study confirms

All Things Georgian: Reports of seismic activity in 18th century England

Smithsonian.com: The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum



Kroto Quot

The Telegraph: Sir Harry Kroto – obituary

The Guardian: Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel prize-winning chemist, dies at 76

NCSE: Harry Kroto dies

University of Sussex: Tribute to Sir Harry Kroto

Kroto Picture

BBC News: Tributes for Nobel prize chemist Harry Kroto

The Guardian: Sir Harry Kroto obituary

The New York Times: Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist, Is Dead at 76

The Guardian: Letters: Harry Kroto: scientist with the common touch

Youtube: Chemistry World: Remembering Harry Kroto

UCR Today: UC Riverside Professor Robert Haddon Advocated for the Smallest of Particles

Science life and times: A blue plaque for Dorothy



Academia: The Scientific Education of a Renaissance Prince: Archduke Rudolf at the Spanish Court

Yovisto: The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace

The transept façade of the original Crystal Palace Source: Wikimedia Commons

The transept façade of the original Crystal Palace
Source: Wikimedia Commons

OUP Blog: What is really behind Descartes’ famous doubt?

Plato’s Footnote: Progress in Science – I

JHI Blog: We Have Never Been Presentist: On Regimes of Historicity

Physics Central: Physics Buzz Blog: Like Parent, Like Child

The Maintainers: A Conference

Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world 1450–1800

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: What Should Historians be Thinking About – Part 5 (Link to other four parts)

JHI Blog: Shame, Memory, and the Politics of the Archive

Wellcome Library: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Online Free Texts

Historiann: Wikipedia in the classroom: check out these new bios of early American women!

Slate: Is History Written About Men, by Men?

Niche: #EnvHist Daily

on display: Moving a Museum




Drive.google.com: Depicting the Medieval Alchemical Cosmos: George Ripley’s Wheel of Inferior Astronomy

Social Epistemology: Was Feyerabend Right in Defending Astrology? A Commentary on Kidd, Massimo Pigliucci

Paul Feyerabend's Horoscope

Paul Feyerabend’s Horoscope

Yovisto: The Prophecies of Nostradamus


Scientific American: Constructing the Modern Mind

ISIS: Picture and Conversations: How to Study the Visual Cultures of Science

Medievalists.net: Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount


MeHum Fiction – Daily Dose: Medieval Robots

Berfois: The Story of Napalm

Notches: The Religious Right and the Politics of Sexuality: An Interview with Neil J. Young

The Spectator: Steve Jones’s chaotic theory of history

Nature: Physics: Material to meaning

THE: The Experimenal Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science, by Jan Golinski

The New York Times: ‘Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?’ and ‘The Genius of Birds’



Nouveautés Éditeurs: La Peur: Etude psychologique des effets et de la cause

puf: La mort et le soin

Princeton University Press: The Mushroom at the End of the World


University of Wales Press: Robert Recorde: Tudor Scholar and Mathematician

L’Harmattan: Les Médecines À Travers Les Réseaux Sociaux

L’Harmattan: Santé Riche et Médecine Pauvre

Historiens de la santé: Weill Cornell Medicine: A History of Cornell’s Medical School


A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: Captain Cook By Nathaniel Dance Holland


The Royal Society of Medicine: Exhibition: Charcot, Hysteria & La Salpetiere 3 May–23 July 2016

Journal of Art in Society: Science Becomes Art

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May30 October 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922 Closes 30 May 2016

Harvard Magazine: Before Social Media: Radio was the medium that broke the silence

Horniman Museum & Gardens: H Blog: Tyrannosaurus and Tarbosaurus

Bodleian: Marks of Genius

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cabinet of Curiosities Opens 6 May 2016

Reviews in History: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January – 29 July 2016)

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

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

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

Exhibition Nancy


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

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

Globe Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

CLOSING SOON: 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 Runs still 30 Jun 2016

Wellcome Library: 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




University of Cambridge: Understanding gravity – from Newton to Hawking

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


Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016



NYAM: The Lilian Sauter Lecture: Twenty-Five Years into the Intersex Patients Rights Movement, Why Aren’t We Done? 18 May 2016


Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016


University of Greenwich: Seminar: ‘Mag. and Met.’: the origins and early years of the Magnetic and Meteorological Department at Greenwich Observatory 25 May 2016


Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: Joyous and deliberate motherhood: birth control nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers Clinic, 1921-1931 26 May 2016


Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession


The Royal Institution: Family Fun Day: Imaginative Inventions 15 May 2016


Brompton Cemetery: London Alchemy: Socery, Gin and Spooky Music in a Cemetery Chapel 4-5 June 2016


Leonardo da Vinci Society Annual Lecture: Art and Anatomy in the 15th and 16th centuries Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, Strand, London 13 May 2016


Flamsteed Astronomy Society: “Fame, fortune, misery, disaster – the lives and times of the Royal Observatory’s nineteenth century Assistants and Computers” 10 May 2016

Royal Institution: Lecture: No Need For Geniuses 11 May 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of England: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner 17 May 2016 

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – City Centre Tour 11 June 2016

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh: We’re Not in Kirkcaldy Anymore: Scottish Adventures in Medicine 15 May 2016 

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh: Polar Adventure: Explorations in Geology 13 May 2016

Almond Valley Heritage Centre Millfield Livingston: Terrible Consequences 14 & 15 May 2016

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

BSHS: Upcoming Lecture: Henry Wellcome Pharmacist Royal Pharmaceutical Society 23 May 2016

London Fortean Society: Snake Oil! The Golden Age of Quackery in Britain and America 26 May 2016

Museum of History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Leeds University: History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 5) 10 May 2016

NYAM: Lecture: The Discovery of Insulin – A Miracle Drug, A Nobel Prize Controversy, and the Story of Elizabeth Hughes 10 May 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


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 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

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

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

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

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



William Hunter lecturing, by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-2

William Hunter lecturing, by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-2




Vimeo: Linda Hall Library: Karl Galle: The Unknown Copernicus: Spies; Printers, Amazons, and Body-Snatchers in an Age of Astronomical Revolution

Youtube: Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish, Part 1

Youtube: Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish, Part 2


CHF: Episode 143: Fairyland of Chemistry

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know: Alchemy with Damien Patrick Williams

Newsworks: From pages to pixels, the invention of the eReader


Columbia University: Exploring the Philosophy of Émile du Châtelet 1–3 June 2016

Conférence des étudiant.e.s du NHRU-URHN: Briser les silences de l’histoire du nursing et de la santé 19 Mai 2016

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey: SPSP Pre-Conference Workshop: Empirical Methodology for Philosophy of Science in Practice 16 June 2016

University of Bristol: History and Philosophy of Chemistry Workshop 11-12 May 2016

University of Bristol: Centre for Science and Philosophy: Events

BSHS: Singer Prize: The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616–1703) Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography, 1n 17th Century 9 June 2016

Society for the Social History of Medicine: 2016 Undergraduate Essay Prize Deadline 1 October

BJHS Themes: We are calling for proposals for Issue 3 (2018) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHS, BJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

The deadline for abstract submission for the 2nd International Conference on Science and Literature, Poellau, Austria and the Workshop “Nature(s), Humans and God(s)” on Syros Island, Greece has been extended to 15th of May 2016.

St Michaels College, Cardiff University: Conference: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11–13 July 2016 Programme

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

British and European History of Medicine Conference: Registration: Medicine in Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts University of Kent 7-10 July 2016

BSHS: Prizes

Three Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, Edmonton 22–25 June 2016 Only two weeks left for hotel conference rates!

Wikipedia: Meetup/DC/Early Modern Edit-a-Thron

New York University Library: Manuscript Cookbooks Conference 12–13 May 2016

Durham University: Workshop: Utilitarianism and Medicine: Past and Tresent Perspectives 11 May 2016

Staffordshire University: Workshop: Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics 19 May 2016


Trinity College Cambridge: The Venues of Scholarly Output: Collections, Treatises, Textbooks, Archives 25 June 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex: CfP: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop University of Exeter 26–27 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London:Upcoming History of Emotions Work in Progress Seminars


University of Reading: CfP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 2016 Deadline: 15 June 2016

BSHS: Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century Newcastle University 18 June 2016

University of St. Andrews: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (SSEMP VII) 5–6 May 2016 Programme

MSH Lorraine, Nancy: “Mathématiques et mathématiciens à Metz (1750-1870): dynamiques de recherche et d’enseignement dans un espace local” 12 Mai 2016

Barts Pathology Museum: CfP: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries 24 September 2016

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Wilkie Collins Portrait by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880
Source: Wikimedia Commons

University of Leicester: Centre for Medical Humanities: Seminars:

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware: CfP: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology 28 October 2016

EHESS, Paris: Journée d’étude: Genre, humeurs et fluides corporels. Moyen Âge & Époque moderne 19 Mai 2016

New York City: CfP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine 30 September–1 October 2016

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

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

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

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

Society and th Sea

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

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

Women hist phil



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


University of Notre Dame: Assistant Director of Education: This position supports the Directors of the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program

Science Museum: The Science Museum is looking for post-grads and early-career researchers to work on short research projects.

University of Oxford: Departmental Lecturer in the History of Medicine

Science Museum Group: Keeper of Technologies & Engineering

Durham University: Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University on ‘British Newsreels at War, 1939–1945’

TU Munich: New Masters Program in STS




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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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