Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #41

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 #41

Monday 23 May 2016

EDITORIAL:

 

Another week has flown by and as you can see our editorial team have been very busy putting together the latest issues of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #histSTM links list, flying to the far depths of cyberspace to bring all the best in the histories of science, technology and medicine from the last seven days.

William Whewell Portrait by James Lonsdale (c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

William Whewell Portrait by James Lonsdale
(c) Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Today, 24 May, is the 222nd birthday of our eponymous editor in chief, the nineteenth-century Cambridge polymath William Whewell. This journal was named in his honour because his career best epitomises the aims of this journal, to take the broadest sweep possible of the history of science in its widest sense.

Whewell was as this brief biography at the beginning of this blog states A Man of Many Talents. A scientist, who worked in a wide range of disciplines, philosopher of science and historian of science who played a major role in establishing the discipline in its own right. Also an educator and a coiner of scientific terms who most famously invented the term scientist, although it took some time to become established, something he did not live to see.

William Whewell, c. 1860s Source: Wikimedia Commons

William Whewell, c. 1860s
Source: Wikimedia Commons

When you read the latest edition of his gazette raise a glass to Willy, our editor in chief and wish him a happy birthday and enjoy this, his birthday present to all of his readers.

 Quotes of the week:

 “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts” – Bertrand Russell

Russell quote

“Freelancers: tell your landlord that instead of paying rent you’ll mention them on Twitter because ‘it will be good for their profile’” – Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman)

Steven Jay Gould

Steven Jay Gould

From NYAM archives: “the three great public health problems confronting the world are heart disease, cancer, and deafness” (1935) h/t @jaivirdi

Writers block

 “The biggest problem with Twitter isn’t fitting a thought into 140 chars. It’s that you get 140 characters whether or not you have a thought” – Chris Clarke (@canislatrans)

Calvin history

People confuse common sense with logic – “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18”– Einstein – John Richard (@a_New_U)

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“If only we had a means of distributing scholarly papers and data in a decentralized, searchable fashion at very low cost” – Kieran Healy (@kjhealy)

Cucumber quote

“To whistle feebly is to ‘wheeple’ in Scottish and northern English dialects” – The OED (@OED)

<too many books

 

 

Birthdays of the Week:

 Maria Gaetana Agnesi born 16 May 1718

Agnesi quote

Linda Hall Library: Maria Gaetana Agnesi – Scientist of the Day

Linda Hall Library Digital Collections: Analytical institutions. Vol. 1

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Season of the Witch

Wolfram MathWorld: Witch of Agnesi

Mary Anning born 21 May 1799

 

Sketch of Mary Anning at work by Henry De la Beche Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sketch of Mary Anning at work by Henry De la Beche
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Letters from Gondwana: Mary Anning and the Flying Dragon

Letters from Gondwana: Mary Anning, the Carpenter’s Daughter

Regency History: Mary Anning (1799–1847)

ucmp.berkeley.edu: Mary Anning (1799–1847)

Lady Science: No. 8: Women of the Earth Sciences

Lyme Regis Museum: The new Mary Anning Wing

Anning BP

Albrecht Dürer born 21 May 147

Self-portrait silverpoint drawing by the thirteen-year-old Dürer, 1484 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Self-portrait silverpoint drawing by the thirteen-year-old Dürer, 1484
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 The H-Word: The triumph of melancholy: 500 years of Dürer’s most enigmatic print

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A maths book from a painter

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Reaching for the stars

ianridpath.com: Dürer’s hemispheres of 1515 – the first European star charts

Norman Lockyer born 17 May 1836

Norman Lockyer Source: Wikimedia Commons

Norman Lockyer
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nature: First Issue

Norman Lockyer Observatory: Website

Arthur Conan Doyle born 22 May

Doyle in 1930, the year of his death, with his son Adrian Source: Wikimedia Commons

Doyle in 1930, the year of his death, with his son Adrian
Source: Wikimedia Commons

PBS Newshour: How Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle cracked the case of the tuberculosis ‘remedy’

History of Geology: It’s sedimentary, my dear Watson

Letters from Gondwana: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Pterosaurs

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Herschel quote

The Royal Society: Notes and Records: Philomaths, Herschel, and the myth of the self-taught man

The Conversation: A brief history of telling time

AHF: James Chadwick

AHF: Harry D. Riley

Darin Hayton: Astronomers do not Date Sappho’s ‘Midnight’ Poem

NASA: Oral History Project: Nancy Grace Roman

Nancy Roman with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nancy Roman with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Space.com: Father of SETI Honored 50 Years After First Search for Alien Life

Carnegie Science: Allan Sandage’s Last Paper Unravels 100-Year-Old Astronomical Mystery

Gizmodo: Posthumous Paper Resolves Century-Old Mystery of How Stars Evolve

Yovisto: Omar Khayyam – Mathematics and Poetry

Ptak Science Books: A Very Early Bibliography on the Theory of Special Relativity (1910)

Live Science: Antikythera Mechanism: Ancient Celestial Calculator

Bensozia: The Ancient Star Chart in the Kitora Tomb, Japan

DREW ex machina: Venera 1: The First Venus Mission Attempt

Motherboard: Why Do More People not Know About Helen Sharman. The First Brit in Space

Helen Sharman on the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight. Image: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London

Helen Sharman on the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight. Image: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London

Royal Museums Greenwich: 100 years of Daylight Saving

The New Yorker: The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin

Royal Museums Greenwich: Constellations: Follow the bear

AAS: Thomas Gold (1920–2004)

Ptak Science Books: The “Endless Immensity” of Thomas Wright, 1750

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Nathaniel Everett Green

National Geographic: The Secret History of the Women Who Got Us Beyond the Moon

At NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, women were hired to be "computers," the people responsible for doing all the math at the lab. "They touched just about every mission you can think of," says Nathalia Holt.  PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, JPL-CALTECH

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, women were hired to be “computers,” the people responsible for doing all the math at the lab. “They touched just about every mission you can think of,” says Nathalia Holt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, JPL-CALTECH

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

The Matthew, recreation of John Cabot's 1497 ship visiting Swansea

The Matthew, recreation of John Cabot’s 1497 ship visiting Swansea

Atlas Obscura: Solving the Mystery of Early Polar Exploration Through Stamps

National Library of Scotland: Map Images: Compare a selection of historic maps to modern maps or satellite layers

 

Fox News Science: Experts plan effort to explore Captain Cook’s Endeavour in Newport Habor

Academia: Captain Cook’s Executors

Royal Museums Greenwich: John Franklin’s final North-West Passage expedition 1845

Statue of John Franklin in his home town of Spilsby Source: Wikimedia Commons

Statue of John Franklin in his home town of Spilsby
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Visions of the North: Franklin Searcher of the Month: Lachlan Taylor Burwash

Visions of the North: How many?

Ordnance Survey: A history of the trig pillar

Social Studies of Science: Higher and colder: The success and failure of boundaries in high altitude and Antarctic research stations

Process: Cartography and Empire in Northeastern America

Royal Museums Greenwich: Vasco da Gama circa 1460–1524

Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog: 1890 Map of Indigenous Languages of America

City Lab: This Old Map: Benjamin Franklin’s Gulf Stream, 1786

npr: Stolen Letter From Columbus Found in the Library of Congress and Returned to Italy

The History Blog: US returns stolen Columbus letter to Italy

The Public Domain Review: The Map That Changed the Middle East (1916)

The Sykes–Picot Agreement map

The Sykes–Picot Agreement map

BBC News: Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment

Library of Congress: Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps: The Secret Treaty of London

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Collections Explorer: Map Sampler

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Collections Explorer: Map Sampler II

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Jenner

Yovisto: Edward Jenner’s Fight against Smallpox

The History of Vaccines: Edward Jenner

The History of Emotions Blog: Representing emotion in the doctor-patient encounter in Victorian medical writing

The Quack Doctor: Cigares de Joy

Nursing Clio: Sunday Morning Medicine

Royal College of Physicians: ‘Uncontrollable emotionality’: depression and diagnosis in the RCP library

Circulating Now: Where to find History of Medicine Collections

Blue Plaques: Wakley, Thomas (1795–1862)

Thomas Wakely Lancet

 

 

Wellcome Collection Blog: Sleep Paralysis: A brief history of fear, treatment and artistic creativity

Vesuvio Live: Il Museo di Anatomia di Napoli apre al pubblico. E’ il più importante e antico al mondo

Thomas Morris: How to treat hay fever?

mental_floss: New App Lets You Virtually Visit a Famous Anatomy Museum

Wood Library Museum: History of Anesthesia

ars technica: English “plague village” may upend what we know about how the Black Death spread

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

Wonders & Marvels: The Nazi Brain Removal Caper

NYAM: Sitadevi’s Sutra

Active History.ca: Heroin as treatment? The calculation of a new ‘junk’ equation

Cocaine

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Veedee Massager, c1903

Recipes Project: To Break or not to Break: Reading van Beverwijck’s Steen-Stuck (Part 1)

NYAM: Back to School! Conservation of the Academy’s 19th– and 20th-Century Medical Student Notebooks

The Conversation: How the British defeated Napoleon with citrus fruit

Wellcome Trust: Image of the Week: Female torso

Thomas Morris: The dreadful opening

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: “Limbs Not Yet Rigid” – A History of Dissecting the Living

The Medici Archive Project: A French Practitioner in Bologna: New Recipes and the Authority of Experience During the 1630 Plague Epidemic

ChoM News: UMass Boston Visits Center for the History of Medicine

O Say Can You See?: Creating the Cadet Nurse Corps for World War II

The National Museum of American History: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898

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The National Museum of American History: Cosmetic and Personal Care Products in the Medicine and Science Collections

Thomas Morris: The wandering musket ball

TECHNOLOGY:

Yovisto: Ivan Sutherland – Well, I Didn’t Know it was Hard

Yovisto: Theodore Maiman and the Laser

Atlas Obscua: Psychic Snail Sex Couldn’t Replace the Telegraph, but One Frenchman Sure Tried

Benoît's experiments were known as the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass, or snail telegram. (Photo: Internet Archive/Public Domain)

Benoît’s experiments were known as the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass, or snail telegram. (Photo: Internet Archive/Public Domain)

Two Nerdy History Girls: What the Apprentice Tinsmith Wore, c1775

Yovisto: The Antikythera Mechanism – an Ancient Analog Computer

Atlas Obscura: The WWI Plan to Turn America’s Trees into Telephones

Chemistry World: Lead isotopes track Roman Empire’s water supplies

Newworks: Patent models trace history and highlights of 19th century innovation

Yovisto: James Clerk Maxwell and the very first colour Photograph

The Register: Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

Your Local Guardian: UK’s first ‘girl-less’ telephones rolled out in Epsom 104 years ago today

A picture of a table telephone from 1912

A picture of a table telephone from 1912

Islington Gazette: ‘My great-great-great uncle helped create world as we know it from his Highbury home’

Atlas Obscura: A Short History of Rakes, and Why You Should Think Twice About Using Them

Wallace Resource Library: Who was Alfred Russel Wallace

Conciatore: A Deeper Accomplishment

Archives and Manuscripts at the Bodleian: Lizzie Bennett – Blacksmith

Poster for the 1898 National Exhibition of Women’s Labour, Netherlands (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague). Uploaded to wikicommons by Jan Toorop.

Poster for the 1898 National Exhibition of Women’s Labour, Netherlands (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague). Uploaded to wikicommons by Jan Toorop.

Quartz: This is what it sounds like when you turn antique telephone switchboards into musical instruments

Academia: A natural draught furnace for bronze casting

Vox: The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Sir Edwin Ray Lankester

Wildlife Articles: The Curious Case of the St Kilda House Mouse

St Kilda House Mouse

St Kilda House Mouse

3 Quarks Daily: Then and Now; Darwin, Agassiz, and Lakes That Vanish Overnight

The Friends of Charles Darwin: John Stevens Henslow

Jardin des Plantes: Sauvez La Gloriette de Buffon!

Niche: Early Canadian Environmental History Series

Yovisto: Ilya Mechnikov and the Macrophages

Yovisto: Amos Eaton and the Science of Education

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Notches: Close Your Eyes and Think of Yorkshire? Working-class Women and Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Yorkshire

The New York Times: Eske Willerslev is Rewriting History with DNA

Natural History Museum Wales: Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles

Notches: Lesbian Histories and Futures: A Dispatch from “Gay American History @ 40”

Science League of America: Who Was the Occupant? Part 3

Public Domain Review: Copying Pictures, Evidencing Evolution

The notorious frontispiece comparing heads of human races and apes in the Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (1868), Haeckel’s gospel of evolution

The notorious frontispiece comparing heads of human races and apes in the Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (1868), Haeckel’s gospel of evolution

Academia: A Tale of Three Chameleons: The Animal Between Science and Literature in the Age of Louis XIV

Forbes: The Origin of Geological Terms: Geology

Atlas Obscura: Vintage Photos of Lumberjacks and the Giant Trees They Felled

Notches: “The Church Fathers Really Squirmed”: Contesting Heteronorms in motive Magazine, 1962–1972

Paige Fossil History: Teeth & Human Evolution: Scientist Spotlight on W.K. Gregory

Back to the sustainable future: Learning from Nowhere? Locating William Morris’ Eco-Fiction in Design History

Popular Mechanics: Mind-Blowing Photos of the Mount St. Helens Eruption Taken from a Plane

National Museum of Natural History: 10 Botanical Treasures Exemplify Herbarium

Sean Kheraj: Canadian History and Environment: Environmental History and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Proposal

Smithsonian.com: How an Obscure Photographer Saved Yosemite

The Sentinel, in a stereograph card in Watkins’ Pacific Coast series (Library of Congress)

The Sentinel, in a stereograph card in Watkins’ Pacific Coast series (Library of Congress)

The News & Observer: NC researcher: Civil War’s outcome affected by rock formations, terrain

The Livestock Conservancy: Brahma Chicken

Research Gate: Albert Davidson Michael (1836–1927) and his wife Anne, partners in acarology and microscopy

Atlas Obscura: The Scientific Squabble Over the Dodo Tree

Light Matters: Joost Rekveld: #47 background: Von Uexküll

AAS Committee on the Status of Women: My Mother, the Scientist

Herald Scotland: Maurice Smith on fracking: we’ve been here before with the 1850s shale oil boom

Forbes: Geology Scene Investigation: An Eruption In 1902 Revealed How Volcanic Firestorms Kill

CHEMISTRY:

The Guardian: Nobel medal sale highlights work of forgotten chemist who predicted the atom bomb

 Francis Aston in his laboratory at Cambridge University. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry for his discovery of isotopes Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images

Francis Aston in his laboratory at Cambridge University. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry for his discovery of isotopes Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images

Graham Farmelo: Remembering Harry Kroto

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

the many-headed monster: On periodization: two ‘early modern’ Englands?

histscifi.com: How Does Technoscience Dream?

New Natures Foundry: INTERSECTIONS: HISTORIES OF ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE A new book series from University of Pittsburgh Press

The Recipes Project: A Stich in Thyme?: Why Are There so Few Knitting Patterns in Recipe Books?

History of Psychiatry: Last issue: June 2016; 27 (2) Table of Contents

Nature: Teach students the biology of their time

Nature: Second Thoughts

The Curious Wavefunction: Mendel, Weldon and the uncertainty of counterfactuals

Journal of Medical Humanities: Volume 37, Issue 2, June 20916: Special Issue: Beckett, Medicine and the Brain Table of Contents

Smithsonoan.com: A Brief History of Taking Books Along for the Ride

A bookmobile visiting Blount County, Tennessee, in 1943. (Tennessee Valley Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring 1973) Public Domain)

A bookmobile visiting Blount County, Tennessee, in 1943. (Tennessee Valley Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring 1973) Public Domain)

OHMAR: Oral History: Where does it fit in museums?

Scientific American: A Manuscript 47 Years in the Making

The Royal Society: Copley winners that changed the world

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History: Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 2016 Table of Contents

Forbes: Historians and Astronomers Share These Scientific Methods in Common

Lady Science: No. 20: Representations of Women Scientists in Literature

Hyperallergic: The Challenges of Showing the Artifacts of an Early European Wax Museum Today

Culture Unbound: The Patent and the Paper: A Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property

IUHPS: May HP&ST Note

South Coast Today: New Bedford Whaling Museum unveils new reading room

The Ordered Universe: From Difference to Understanding: Responses to Interdisciplinary Research

AHA Today: Quantitative Literacy for Historians: Who’s Afraid of Numbers?

ESOTERIC:

Siddhartha Mukherjee physician and Pulitzer Prize winning book author has written a new book on the history of the Gene that has provoked some controversial reviews so we have collected them together for comparison.

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The Atlantic: Genes are Overrated

The Guardian: The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee review – ‘one of the most dangerous ideas in history’

Nature: Genetics: On the heredity trail

Prospect: The Gene: An Intimate History By Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Wire: Siddhartha Mukherjee Prepares Us for a Crucial Moment in the History of the Gene

The Curious Wavefunction: The future – not in our stars but in our genes: A review of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The Gene: An Intimate History”

Neuron Culture: Two Sharp Takes on Mukherjee’s The Gene

Nature: Researcher under fire for New Yorker epigenetics article

The New Yorker: Same But Different

Science Book a Day: The Gene: An Intimate History

BOOK REVIEWS:

Quillette: Giving Genes Their Due, But Not More

Time to Eat the Dogs: Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

The Guardian: Cadavers in pearls: meet the Anatomical Venus

Chemistry World: Lives and times of great pioneers in chemistry: Lavoisier to Sanger

Anita Guerrini: The Witches

The New York Times: ‘Paper,’ by Mark Kurlansky

An 18th-century Chinese paper mill. Credit De Agostini/Getty Images

An 18th-century Chinese paper mill. Credit De Agostini/Getty Images

The Atlantic: How Paper Shaped Civilization

Oxford Brookes University: Working-class mothers were not brutal or negligent but savious of infant life

Publishers Weekly: The Strangest Book of 1016 is ‘The Anatomical Venus’

LSE: Pragmatic Humanism: On the Nature and Value of Sociological Knowledge

The New York Review of Books: After Einstein: The Dark Mysteries

NEW BOOKS:

ebookw.com: The Life and Work of George Boole: A Prelude to the Digital Age (Free e-book)

4th Estate: What We Cannot Know

Royal Museums Greenwich: Navigation Instruments

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Historiens de la santé: Villes d’eaux d’Ile-de-France. Dictionnaire historique des sources d’Île-de-France utilisées à des fins thérapeutiques, hygiéniques ou salutaires

ART & EXHIBITIONS

The Guardian: Totally cosmic science festival for blue-sky thinkers

The Wall Street Journal: Turning Science into Art

Amritt Museum: Beatrix Potter – Image & Reality

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Until Darwin: Maria Martin Bachman’s sketches and paintings for Audubon: On-line Exhibition from the Charleston County Public Library

Historiens de la santé: Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts

History Today: Maria Merian’s Butterflies

Science Museum: Robots

Natural History Museum: Dippy on tour

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

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

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:

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

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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

CLOSING SOON: 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 ScienceCentre: Cosmic Runs still 30 Jun 2016

Wellcome Library: Vaccination: Medicine and the masses 19 April–17 September 2016

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

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: YOUTOPIA: VISIONS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: THE MAUDSLEY AT WAR 25 May–20November 2016 

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12December

Science Museum: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph 14 April–11 September 2016

Herschel Museum: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order 4 May–12 December 2016

 

 

 

COMING SOON: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow: Intermedia Beyond Epilepsy 9-19 June 2016

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

CHoM News: “The Advent of Anesthesia” Film 1933

The New York Times: Uncovering a Tale of Rocket Science, Race and the ‘60s

The Old Vic: Jekyll and Hyde 20-28 May 2016

Royal Opera House: Frankenstein, 4 – 27 MAY 2016

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

EVENTS:

Royal College of Physicians: Lecture: John Dee: art, science, magic 11 July 2016

Discover Medical London: Tour: Who needs doctors anyway? 26 May 2016

Royal College of Physicians: Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly minds and bodies in the medical museum: two unique evenings of film, dance, performance and comedy inspired by museum collections exploring our attitudes towards difference: 13 & 20 June 2016

University College Cork: Walking Tours: A second chance to solve the mystery of ‘Being Boole’!

CHF: Cain Conference Public Lecture: “Life in the Universe: Past and Present” 26 May 2016

University of York: Seminar: “Connections between race, racism and health inequities shaping Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil” 25 May 2016

At Anne’s College, Oxford: Lecture: Fashionable Diseases of Georgian Life: Literature, Medicine and Culture in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond 2 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Glasgow Science Festival: Goodall Lecture – 200th Anniversary of Laennec’s First Stethoscope 16 June 2016

The Brain Box: Manchester Day: History: Memory Lane: A History of Brain Science 19 June Town Hall

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UCL: Lecture: Psychiatrists, psychiatry and the colonial state in the firsthalf of 20th century India 31 May 2016

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Café 1001, Brick Lane: Museum Showoff, May 24 2016

Royal Museums of Greenwich: Talk: In the Steps of Shackleton 1 June 2016

CHF: Cain Conference Public Lecture: Life in the Universe Past and Present 26 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 8 June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Things

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

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

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

Royal Pharmaceutical Society: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner 17 May

The Royal College of Physicians: Discover Medical London: Walking Tour:  “Sex and The City”

Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution: Dual Flame – Poetry’s Calling in Science and the Spiritual 24 May 2016

Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford: The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery / September 2016

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Scholar in a Meadow, Chinese painting of the 11th century

Scholar in a Meadow, Chinese painting of the 11th century

TELEVISION:

BBC Four: Storm Troupers: The Fight to Forecast the Weather

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Polar Research (1957)

The Kid Should See This: The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology: 5 Minute History Lesson: 4 Videos

Youtube: Royal Society: Mystery Markings – Objectivity #70

Ri Channel: Christmas Lectures 1980: Max Perutz – Haemoglobin: the breathing molecule

avhumboldt.de: Heart of the Andes: Humboldt’s Science in the Art of Frederic Edwin Church

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Episodes A to Z

BBC Radio 4: Book of the Week: In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room

BBC London: Marcus du Sautoy: What We Cannot Know

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Florence Nightingale: Statistician

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Chaucer’s Astrolabe – The Medieval GPS

WNYC: Abraham Lincoln’s Contact with the Doctors

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Birmingham: Social Studies in the History of Medicine – ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford: Postgraduate Conference 2016: Modern Bodies, Modern Minds 10 June

University of Edinburgh: Philosophy of biology meets social studies of bioscience. Perspectives on living organisms 24 May 2016

University of Oxford: Draft Oxford Scientiae Conference Programme 5–7 July 2016

Radboud University Nijmegen: Conference Program: Space, Imagination, and the Cosmos, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period 9–10 July 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Award Scheme 2016 Closing Date 31 May 2016

University of Kent: Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture: 9 June 2016

The Nobel Museum Stockholm: Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel. 5th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science 5 September 2016

EHESS et Université Paris Descartes: Colloque international: Savoirs, pratiques, politiques. Les sciences sociales et les transformations contemporaines des mondes de la santé 25–27 Mai 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Partington Prize

Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing: Third Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming 25 June 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Discourse of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society 5-7 September 2016 Deadline 3 June 2016

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference Deadline 1 June 2016

University of Lancaster: Conference: Does the philosophy of psychiatry need metaphysics? 3 June 2016

University of Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Envirment, and Health In the Easterm Mediterranean World, 1400–1750 3–4 April 2017

Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Upcoming Events

University of Paderborn: Seminar: Women in the History of Philosophy: Diotima and Hannah Arendt 17-19 May 2016

HSS: The Nathan Reingold Prize for an original graduate student essay on the history of science and its cultural influences. Deadline 1 June 2016

Fórum Lisboa (Antigo Cinema Roma): CFP: Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science 14–16 December 2016

University of Cambridge: Symposium: Science and Culture in Theory and History: Latin America, France and the Anglophone World 2–3 July 2016

Everything Early Modern Women: CfP: The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500–1700 (RSA 2017)

Calenda: Le Calendrier des Lettres et Sciences Humains et Sociales: Appel à contribution « Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique »

Western Michigan University: Call for Abstracts: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 15–16 September 2016

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

Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut: CfP: Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences 15–17 February 2017

Osiris Call for Papers

University of Bordeaux: Seminar: Philosophy & Biology 27 May 2016

University of Leuven: CfA: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences 12–13 October 2016

Science Museum: Artefacts Meeting 2–4 October 2016: CfP: Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users

Cambridge: CfP extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World 15–16 September 2016

Singapore: Society for the History of Technology: Annual Meeting 22–26 June 2016

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Columbia University: Exploring the Philosophy of Émile du Châtelet 1–3 June 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: 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 BJHSBJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS.

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!

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Edinburgh: Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required for the ERC-funded project “Medical translation in the history of modern genomics”

University of Oxford: Research Associate – The History of Dyslexia

University of Basel: Full-Time PhD position in History of Science

University of Exeter: PhD studentship on the History of Sexual Science

University of Strathclyde: Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine since 1800

University of Amsterdam: 2 PhD Candidates ‘History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents’

UCL: STS Vacancies: Teaching Fellow in Science and Society

Universities of Hannover & Bielefeld: 4 PhD positions in the Philosophy of Science/Ethics of Science

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library and Archive: Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries

 

 

 

 

About thonyc

Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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