Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #43

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 #43

Monday 06 June 2016

EDITORIAL:

 We have moved on another seven days and it’s time once more for Whewell’s Gazette, your weekly #histSTM links list bringing all of the histories of science, technology and medicines found by our team of trusty owl in the highways and byways of the Internet.

The last week has seen various people (geneticists) trumpeting in the Internet that historians need to work with geneticists because that is the future. The tenor of these reports seemed to be that historians would never conceive of anything quite so revolutionary without being prodded by farsighted geneticists.

There are various things that I found rather strange about these claims. Firstly it is archaeologists, anthropologists and palaeontologists who should be working with geneticists rather than historians. The people pushing this agenda don’t appear to know the difference. Secondly the relevant people have already been working with geneticists in various areas of historical research for some time now.

I originally studied archaeology, an awfully long time ago, and indeed worked for several years as a field archaeologist and even back in the dim and distant days of the early 1970s archaeologists were well aware of the advantages of applying various methods of scientific analysis to broaden their knowledge of the cultures they were studying. Pollen analysis to determine the environment in which people lived and the crops that they planted. Bone analysis to determine peoples’ diets and their states of health. Snail analysis, another good determinant of historical environments. In fact my environmental archaeology teacher was John “Snails” Evans one of the people who developed this technique. Archaeologists use the full array of scientific dating methods, carbon dating, dendrochronology, thermoluminescence etc. I could go on but I think this is enough to make my point.

It is not the people working in the historical disciplines who are ignorant of scientific developments and their possible applications to their work but non-historians (geneticists) who appear to be ignorant of the working methods, including many scientific ones, employed by those working on the cutting edge of historical research.

 Quotes of the week:

“The term ‘digital’ was coined at Bell Labs in 1942 to describe a high-speed method of calculation used in anti-aircraft devices” – Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman)

„Wenn jemand eine Schraube locker hat, liegt es ganz oft an der Mutter“ – @DerBuddler

“Few phrases can make my heart sink as low as the phrase ‘fashion icon’” – Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann)

Asking, "Is light a wave or a particle?" is like asking, "Is an owlbear an owl or a bear?"  – Greg Gbur

Asking, “Is light a wave or a particle?” is like asking, “Is an owlbear an owl or a bear?” – Greg Gbur

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see” – Alexandra K. Trenfor h/t @intmath

“New startup sends a doppelganger to live your life while you sleep. Reviews suggest most prefer your double to you” – Scott B. Weingart (@scott_bott)

From 'A Cat-Hater’s Handbook' by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer h/t @berfois

From ‘A Cat-Hater’s Handbook’ by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer h/t @berfois

HISTORIAN’S TO-DO LIST

-Get ripped off by dramatists

-Embrace genetics

-Be irrelevant, thus justifying axing of sociology somehow

-Marking – James Umner (@JamesBSumner)

“Mark Twain, on learning a proofreader was improving his punctuation telegraphed orders to have him shot without giving him time to pray” – M Butler Hallett (@MButlerHallett)

“I fought the photocopier, and the photocopier won” – Steven Gray (@Sjgray88)

Spaceship

“Heading to Cambridge, a little English town best known as the place where the cam-shaft was invented” – Stephen Curry (@Stephen_Curry)

omg in an essay one of my students just confused “emulate” and “immolate.”

“Find the writers you admire and immolate them.” – Colin Dickey (@colindickey)

 

 PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Dirac quote

arXiv: Bell’s Universe: A Personal Recollection (pdf)

Ptak Science Books: Atom Bombs: the Game

Ptak Science Books: Antique Board Games for Astronomy

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Pinterest: Atomic Age America

AHF: The Death of Louis Slotin

AHF: Leo Szilard

The New York Times: 31 May 1964: Leo Szilard Dies

Szilard testifying before Congress in the postwar. From the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Szilard testifying before Congress in the postwar. From the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Dannen.com: Leo Szilard – A Biographical Chronology

phys.org: Copernicus’ revolution and Galileo’s vision: Our changing view of the universe in pictures

The Planetary Society: New work with 35-year-old data: Voyagers at Ganymede and Saturn

AHF: Chien-Shiung Wu

Motherboard: The 1919 Solar Eclipse That Proved Einstein Right

Ptak Science Books: A Half-Alphabet of Color by Isaac Newton, and What the Colors “Naked” and “Dead” Are (1659)

The Catholic Astronomer: A Most Strange Debate

Preposterous Universe: Einstein vs. Physical Review

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Ted Taylor’s Interview – Part 4

The Curious Waveform: “Understand what I love about America”: Physicist Hans Bethe’s moving letter to his teacher Arnold Sommerfeld

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 was a Pathfinder for Apollo

Post-Bulletin: Starwatch: Heavenly bears have classic tales

AHF: Ernest Rutherford

L.A. Times – Photography: Dr. Tolman and professor Einstein

Palomar Observatory: Historical and Vintage Media

Wired: Ancient Mayan observatory was used to track Venus and Mars

Credit iStock

Credit iStock

AHF: In Memoriam: Irene LaViolette

History for Atheists: The New Atheist Bad History Great Myths 1: The Medieval Flat Earth

AHF: Edward Teller

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Map of Rome 1602

Map of Rome 1602

Herald: Arts & Life: Shining new light on old maps of Nova Scotia

The Guardian: Captain Cook’s sip Endeavour claimed by Rhode Island as search goes on

The Guardian: Looking down on Britain – maps of the UK across time

Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy by John Speed

Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy by John Speed

thestar.com: No doubt who owns Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour – Rhode Island

Royal Museums Greenwich: Martin Frobisher North-West Passage expedition 1576–78: Who was the first Englishman to go in search of the fabled Passage?

Verso: Maps that Scholars (and Goonies) Treasure

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Thomas Morris: The largest tumor on record

PCPop w/Pablo: Captain Mary T. Klinker – Decorated Vietnam Veteran from Lafayette

Notches: Taking the Venereal Out of Venereal Disease: The 1930s Public Health Campaign against Syphilis and Gonorrhea

Imperial College London: News: Past, present and future autism research explored at Able@Imperial lecture

Circulating Now: Images from the History of Medicine is Moving to NLM Digital Collections

Nursing Clio: “The Torture Began”: Symphysiotomy and Obstetric Violence in Modern Ireland

 A woman's pelvis after a pubiotomy - to widen the birth canal Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

A woman’s pelvis after a pubiotomy – to widen the birth canal
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Thomas Morris: The deserter

Circulating Now: Where to Find History of Medicine Collections

British Library: Asian and Africa studies blog: An 18th Century North African Travelling Physician’s Handbook

Notches: The Pustulent Penis: Searching for STDs in the Centuries before Syphilis

Sunday Times: How aspirin turned hero

Royal College of Physicians: Harvey’s disciples: the Evan Bedford library of cardiology

Wellcome Library: How the fate of the rhino is tied to medicine

L0058375 Cup for detecting poison, Europe, 1551-1660 Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Assay cups such as this one were used to taste wine. This cup is made from silver and rhinoceros horn. The rhinoceros horn was said to change colour and sweat if poison was placed in the cup. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe made: 1551-1600 Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

L0058375 Cup for detecting poison, Europe, 1551-1660
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Assay cups such as this one were used to taste wine. This cup is made from silver and rhinoceros horn. The rhinoceros horn was said to change colour and sweat if poison was placed in the cup.
maker: Unknown maker
Place made: Europe
made: 1551-1600 Published: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

CHF: William J. Rutter

University of Edinburgh: New App for Anatomical Museum

Thomas Morris: Two spoonsful of brain on the pillow

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

ODNB: Guppy, Sarah

IDG: Forgotten tech father: Bill Tutte vs. Alan Turing?

Bill Tutte

Bill Tutte

AEON: The invention of the paper bag was a triumph of feminism

New Scientist: Vintage computers take on fresh shine in retro photo project

Atlas Obscura: Found: A Rare Nazi Coding Machine, Hiding in a Garden Shed

AHF: Kenneth D. Nichols

The Conversation: The history of computing is both evolution and revolution

BBC News: Ipswich docks: Historical photographic archive put online

Conciatore: Artificial Gems

Journals Cambridge: Bringing Radio into America’s Homes: Marketing New Technology in the Great Depression

Paleofuture: The Defence Department Got Mad at Darpa for Creating Email

itv news: From Berlin to Bletchley: home of the codebreakers can finally tell the whole truth

Atlas Obscura: The First Woman Driver to Drive Around the World Wore Men’s Breeches and Had a Pet Monkey

The great Aloha Wanderwell. (All photos: © The Nile Baker Trust/Richard Diamond)

The great Aloha Wanderwell. (All photos: © The Nile Baker Trust/Richard Diamond)

BBC News: ‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled

Herald Scotland: The rise of the robots

Engineering Timeline: Second Severn Crossing

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Albertus Seba, The Opossum, Didelphimorphia, 1734

Albertus Seba, The Opossum, Didelphimorphia, 1734

New-York Historical Society: Museum & Library: Natural History Jingles

The Guardian: Robert McNeill Alexander obituary

Forbes: Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Crises Throughout European History

History of Geology: The (possible) Geological Origin of the Minotaur Myth

Kew: Incredible Insects: the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian

Academia: A focus on the history of light microscopy for cell culture

The Hurd Library: Dead as the Dodo

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Science News: Australian Aboriginal Stories of Ancient Sea-Level Rise Preserved for 13,000 Years

Science & Religion Exploring the Spectrum: What is the History of “Antievolution”?

History Today: London Zoo: ‘Handsome Gifts’ to a Young Society

Science League of America: In Praise of Pickett, Part 1

The Atlantic: A New Origin Story for Dogs

Niche: Special Issue of Histoire sociale/Social History on “The History of Tourism in Canada” Table of Contents

The Guardian: Charles Darwin letter returned to Smithsonian over 30 years after theft

Washington Post: Darwin letter stolen from Smithsonian 30 years ago has been found

CHF: It’s Alive!

The Skil Craft Biology Lab, sold around 1960. (CHF Collections)

The Skil Craft Biology Lab, sold around 1960. (CHF Collections)

Connections.Mic: A History of Oral Sex, From Fellatio’s Ancient Roots to the Modern Blow Job

The New York Times: Studies of Moth and Butterfly Color In a Scientific Classic

Wonders & Marvels: An Asbestos Purse at the British Museum

Geschichte der Geologie: Kunst & Geologie: Die Kunst im Bergbau

Blade and Bone: The Discovery of Human Antiquity: A Conjectured Pithecanthropus, 1887

History of Geology: Bone and blood is the price of coal – Animals in Mines

CHEMISTRY:

AHF: Joseph W. Kennedy

Royal Society of Chemistry: Classic kit: Petri Dish

Somerville Oxford: Blue plaque unveiled honouring Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–1994)

CHF: Critical Mass: A History of Mass Spectrometry

Glyn R. Taylor, operator, prepares a sample for introduction into the heated inlet system of Consolidated Engineering Corporation Model 21-103 Mass Spectrometer, May 1974. CHF Collections.

Glyn R. Taylor, operator, prepares a sample for introduction into the heated inlet system of Consolidated Engineering Corporation Model 21-103 Mass Spectrometer, May 1974. CHF Collections.

Darin Hayton: A Letter from James Ferguson

JSTOR Daily: The Sticky History of Adhesives

OHS Student Newspaper: On the Periodic Law with Dr. Eric Scerri

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Dialog: Theologie & Naturwissenschaft: Peter Harrison: The Myth of a Perennial Battle between Science and Religion

Research: Peer review: a familiar history

New Scientist: The Lost Women of Enlightenment Science

Anne Conway (1631-79)

Anne Conway (1631-79)

Clio@King’s: The History Department Blog: Including Women

History Matters: In Defence of the ‘Dark Ages’

Los Angeles Times: History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

The Recipes Project: Exploring CPP 10A214: A New Candidate for the Layfield Hand, Part 1

Paige Fossil History: What Does a Historian of Science Actually Do?

The Mean Time: The first Greenwich Maritime Centre newsletter is out!

The Guardian: A Geek’s Guide to the UK’s best science and technology attractions

The Atlantic: The Women Behind the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those "human computers," as they were called, are seen here in 1953.

The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those “human computers,” as they were called, are seen here in 1953.

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: A response to ‘Anstey’s Experimental Philosophy before the Restoration’

Historyonics: Privatising the Digital Past

ISIS: A journal of the History of Science Society: Volume 107, Number 2 June 2016 Table of Content – Viewpoint: The History Manifesto and the History of Science (oa)

Royal Society of Chemistry: Women in Science – a historical perspective

Skulls in the Stars: Twitter Weird Science Facts, Volume 8

Trans. Necomen Soc: Critical Reflections on the Science-Technology Relationship

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: Dear Friends

The Public Domain Review: Francis van Helmont and the Alphabet of Nature

Frontispiece to Francis van Helmont’s Alphabeti vere Naturalis Hebraici (1667) — Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0).

Frontispiece to Francis van Helmont’s Alphabeti vere Naturalis Hebraici (1667) — Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0).

Conciatore: Neri’s Contribution

Blink: Dawn of the Vedas

BOOK REVIEWS:

The Daily Herald: Old Dutch Caribbean charts in one magnificent book

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Smith-Howard on Smith, ‘Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Smithsonian.com: Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Book

A detailed wing schematic. (Vladimir Nabokov. Courtesy of the Vladimir Nabokov Archive at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.)

A detailed wing schematic. (Vladimir Nabokov. Courtesy of the Vladimir Nabokov Archive at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.)

H-Net: Valeria Finucci:  The Prince’s Body: Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance Medicine

American Scientists: On the Origin of Origin Stories

Nature: History: Peace, love and lab work

The Friends of Charles Darwin: The Ice Age: A very short introduction

Current Biology: Deepening the darkness? Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago

NEW BOOKS:

The MIT Press: Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming

Historiens e la santé: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism

University of Chicago Press: Groovy Science

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AHF: New Books on Manhattan Project History

CUP: Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters

Niche: Publication of “Moving Nature: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History”

Routledge: An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian Philosophy’ of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644)

Historiens de la santé: Albert Calmette. « Jusqu’à ce que mes yeux se ferment »

Historiens de la santé: To Come to a Better Understanding: Medicine Men and Clergy Meetings on the Rosebud Reservation, 1973–1978 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Oxford Thinking: Cook-Voyage collection goes on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Uzeeum: House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869–1922

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science Museum: Einstein’s Legacy

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

Forbes: Sometimes, The Best Supporting Actor in a Movie is its Geology

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Galileo Super Star – Galileo Galilei to get Hollywood biopic

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Deadline Hollywood: Richard Goodwin’s ‘The Hinge of the World’ About Epic Clash Between Church and Galileo Being Developed as Feature

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies 16 June 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:

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

University of Leeds: History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 6) 7 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: One for the Road

Royal College of Physicians: Upcoming Events

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Women And Medicine 9 June 2016

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

TNMOC: Lecture: The Roots of Data Processing 9 June 2016

Science Museum: Frankenstein – From Literature to Myth to Bogeyman of Science

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: “London’s Plagues”

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

Royal College of Physicians: Medicinal plant lecture: The realty and the bizarre 13 June 2016

University of Utrecht: Descartes-Huygens Lecture by J.B. Shank on ‘Newtonian’ Mechanics in France around 1700

IET Savoy Place London: Lecture: Preparing to lay a transatlantic telegraph table; an historical comparison 16 June 2016

Science Museum: Lecture: Leonardo and the Military 9 June 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’!

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

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 2016

Royal College of Nursing: Lecture: The Northern Powerhouse: Cottontown Nurses who shaped the Profession 8 June 2016

 

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

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

Things

SciFRi talks

Gresham College: Future Lectures (some #histSTM)

CHF: Brown Bag Lectures Spring 2016

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

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

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

Wellcome Collection: Symposium: Out of Control 11 June

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – Free Walking Tours

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

V0017769 Claude Bernard and his pupils. Oil painting after Léon-Augus Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk

V0017769 Claude Bernard and his pupils. Oil painting after Léon-Augus
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Alexei Leonov visits Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

Youtube: Mathematics vs astronomy in early medieval Ireland DIAS Lecture Series

Youtube: Marie Curie – Draw My Like

Youtube: Leo Theremin demonstrates the Thereminvox (1954)

Youtube: The Royal Society: Who cares about the history of science?

Forces TV: Codebreaking Equipment That Helped Win WW2 Goes On Display

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 1

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 2

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 3

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 4

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Part 5

Youtube: BBC 2: The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Parts 6&7

Youtube: The Common Language of Science – Albert Einstein

Youtube: The Origin of Vaccines

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: The Unseen – A History of the Invisible

University of Cambridge: Sandars Lectures 2016: Anthony Grafton

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 084: Zara Anishanshin, How Historians Read Historical Sources

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode oo5: Jeanne Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health

Radio 4: Natural Histories: Fly

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories

BBC Radio 4: The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

BSHS: Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

Académie Polonaise des Sciences, Paris: Colloque: Les sciences du vivant. Imaginaire et discours scientifique 20–21 Octobre 2016

University of Oxford: Conference: Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th–16th Europe 14–16 June 2016

St Anne’s College; University of Oxford: Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World 5–7 July 2016

King’s College London: From Microbes to Matrons: The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention 1-2 September 2016

University of Groningen: CfP: Teaching the New Sciences, Scientific Revolution 14–16 June 2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: CFP: Conference: HIV/AIDS Research: Its History and Future 13–16 October 2016

Collège de France: Colloque : « Freud au Collège de France, 1885-2016 » 16–17 Juin 2016

Australian Academy of Science: The Moran Award for History of Science Research

CRASSH: Taxonomy, Translatability and Intelligibility of Scientific Images 17–18 June 2016

Université de Lausane: La santé publique et ses enjeux: un lieu de pouvoirs 10 Juin 2016

 

Wellcome Trust: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Florida Atlantic University: International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Summer Symposium 1–4 August 2016

University Of Belgrade: CfP: Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation-5 22–23 September 2016

Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick: CfP: Beauty and the Hospital in History 6–8 April 2017

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London: Conference: Telecommunications in the Aftermath of World War 1: Civilian and Military Perspectives 10 August 2016

University of Oxford: Summer School and Conference: Mind Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry 13–15 July 2017

MedHum Fiction – Daily Dose: CfP: Medical Humanities

BSHS: The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

University of Warsaw: Conference: Reassembling the Republic of Letters 11–15 June 2015

University of Bergen: Philosophy of Bergen Workshop 2016 14 June

University of Leeds: Round Table Discussion: “Victorians and History Writing Practices” Seminar: “Victorian Jesus: Imagining the Anonymous Author of Ecce Homo (1865)” 4 July 2016

Wellcome Library: Workshop: London Health Histories 17 June 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich: Conferences & study days: From Sea to Sky: The Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond 9–10 June 2016

University of Oxford: John Wallis (1616-1703). Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography in 17th Century Oxford.9 June 2016

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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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 Pompeu Fabra, Spain: Call for expressions of interest for the submission of Marie Sklodowska-Curie proposals – History of Nuclear Energy and Society

University of Antwerp: PhD Position in Philosophy of Science

Liverpool Hope University: Professional Tutor in Museum and Heritage Studies

 

 

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2 Responses to Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #43

  1. John Ptak says:

    Thanks again Thony for another issue of The Ghost. I’m responding in particular about the first use of “digital” re computers as cited in your intro. Is there a ref for that 1942 usage? Is that the Bell System Tech Journal? I can’t find it and would love to have the citation for it. In the meantime I culled these from the OED: First uses of the word “digital” in reference to computers.

    –Of signals, information, or data: represented by a series of discrete values (commonly the numbers 0 and 1), typically for electronic storage or processing.Such data is commonly represented by discrete values of a physical quantity such as voltage or magnetic polarization, typically in binary form.
    1940   U.S. Patent 2,207,537 1/1   In the transmission of direct current digital impulses over a long line the characteristics of the line tend to mutilate the wave shape.
    1952   Proc. IRE 40 475 (heading)    A coincident-current magnetic memory cell for the storage of digital information.

    –b. Of a computer or calculator: that operates on data in digital form; (of a storage medium) that stores digital data. Cf. analogue adj. 1a.See also digital calculator n., digital computer n. at Special uses 2.
    1945   J. Eckert et al. Appl. Math. Panel Rep. 171.2R (title)    Description of the ENIAC and comments on electronic digital computing machines.digital calculator  n. (originally) a digital computer; (later) a calculator which operates on data in digital form, esp. a pocket one having a digital display (cf. sense B. 3).
    1946   Math. Tables & Other Aids to Computation 2 185   The Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, the first of the large all-purpose digital calculators developed during the war.

    –digital computer  n. a computer which operates on data in digital form; contrasted with analogue computer n. at analogue n. and adj. Special uses.By the mid 1970s, nearly all new computers were digital.
    1946   P. Crawford in Moore School Lect. (1985) 383   The speed and flexibility of digital computers.

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