Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol: #44

Whewell’s Gazette

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Internet history of science, technology and medicine

Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell

Cornelis Bloemaert

Year 2, Volume #44

Monday 13 June 2016

EDITORIAL:

We are rapidly approaching midsummers day and it is pissing with rain. To help you while away the time as you wait for summer to come here is the latest edition of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #hisSTM links list bringing you a rim full collection of the histories of science, technology and medicine that was made available on the Internet over the last seven days.

Owl Inspectorate Officer making annual editorial quality control

Owl Inspectorate Officer making annual editorial quality control

The Antikythera mechanism is with certainty one of the most fascinating artefacts in both the histories of science and technology. A badly corroded and initially almost unrecognisable collection of bronze gears or cog wheels in a wooden frame or box; it was initially recovered from a ship wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. It’s purpose or function remained a complete mystery for several decades and no real attention was paid to it before 1951 when the British historian of astronomy Derek J. de Sola Price became the first person to seriously examine it and to realise that here was something quite extraordinary.

Since de Sola Price’s initial examination the device has been subjected to a great deal of scrutiny and examination with numerous academic papers and less formal reports being published on its structure, date of manufacture and functions. It is now fairly clear that it was produce roughly 200 years BCE and that it is some form of astronomical calculator or analogue computer.

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – front) Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – front)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – back) Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – back)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On the 9 June The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project held a new public presentation of which there is a video on their website and which has been widely reported on, see the collection of links below. However I have followed this story with interest for a number of years and I can’t for the life of me see what new material of any real significance has been made public on this occasion or why it was done in such an overblown manner. Being of a cynical nature I can only conclude that the project is due for a funding review, an evil that all publically funded academic projects have to go through on a regular basis, and that this presentation was made to impress the money men. Be that as it may for those that were not previously aware of this extraordinary artefact or who wish to deepen they knowledge please help yourselves.

For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism (pictured) - named after the southern Greek island off which it was found - was a tantalizing puzzle. University of Athens professor Xenophon Moussas points at a possible reconstruction Source: The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism (pictured) – named after the southern Greek island off which it was found – was a tantalizing puzzle. University of Athens professor Xenophon Moussas points at a possible reconstruction
Source: The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project: Website

Smithsonian.com: The World’s First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortunes

The Public Opinion: Decade of labor reveals philosopher’s guide to the galaxy

The Daily Mail: Is this the world’s oldest computer? 2,100 year-old mechanical relic acted as an astronomer’s ‘guide to the galaxy’

mental_floss: 15 Intriguing Facts About the Antikythera Mechanism

CBC News: Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks

Universe Today: Mysterious Greek Device Found to Be Astronomical Computer

Gizmodo: The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

Independent: World’s oldest computer from 60 BC used to read stars and tell future, study reveals

IFL Science: A Decade of Work Has Decode this Ancient Greek Astronomy “Computer”

Quotes of the week:

“Farage is to sound reasoning & evidence what Sweeney Todd was to healthy eating” – Martin Shovel (@MartinShovel)

“Critical Thinking (n): The ability to look at a complex situation, evaluate many lines of evidence, and reach a conclusion I find congenial” – Chad Orzel (@orzelc)

“Donald Trump really is just the non-animated version of Eric Cartman: “You guys are all hella losers”” – Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ)

Parker Quote

“Today’s serious historical question- did bad handwriting in letters cause as much confusion as autocorrect does now?” – Backyard Alchemist (@guthrie_stewart)

“Teach someone a specific skill, & they’ll get a job. Teach someone to teach themselves skills, and they’ll get a lifetime of jobs”– Anon h/t @HPS_Vanessa

“The nature of the pneuma has always perplexed readers of Galenic theory, whose mystified ranks include Vesalius, Willis, Descartes” h/t Matthew Cobb

“The scientist explains the world by successive approximations” – E. Hubble h/t @AdamFrank4

 

“The brain is a muscle, and writing is like running – when you haven’t done it for a while it is difficult, painful and exhausting” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” – Mary Astell (1666–1731)

“It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100” – bananafanafofisa (@lisaxy424)

Birthdays of the Week:

 Francis Crick born 8 June 1916

Crick birthday cake

 

Why Evolution is True: Happy 100th birthday, Francis Crick (1916–2004)

Scielo Brasil: On the centenary of the birth of Francis H.C. Crick – from physics to genetics and neuroscience

The Guardian: Francis Crick portrait unveiled to honour breakthrough DNA work

Francis Crick’s 100th birthday: see his new portrait in @The Crick’s building

Francis Crick’s 100th birthday: see his new portrait in @The Crick’s building

Nobelprize.org: The Discovery of the Molecular Structure of DNA – The Double Helix

Letters of Note: A Most Important Discovery

Johannes Müller aka Regiomontanus born 6 June 1436

Johannes Regiomontanus, Woodcut Source: Wikimedia Commons

Johannes Regiomontanus, Woodcut Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The world’s first scientific press

Libraries: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Regiomontanus in the Nuremberg Chronicle

Giovanni Domenico Cassini born 8 June 1625

Giovanni Cassini (artist unknown) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Giovanni Cassini (artist unknown)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The real founder of telescopic astronomy

History of Europe in Space: Jean-Dominique Cassini: Astrology to Astronomy

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson born 9 June 1836

A 1900 portrait of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, LSA, MD (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) John Singer Sargent Source: Wikimedia Commons

A 1900 portrait of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, LSA, MD (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) John Singer Sargent
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Independent: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: 4 facts you should know about one of Britain’s most important feminists

Newsweek: Who Was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Why Is She a Google Doodle

nhe: Celebrating the legacy of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Soundcloud: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836–1917), first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson circa 1889 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson circa 1889
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Bulletin of the History of Medicine: Women Doctors and Lady Nurses: Class, Education, and the Professional Victorian Woman

Blue Plaques: Garrett Anderson, Elizabeth (1836–1917)

BP Anderson

John Dollond born 10 June 1710

John Dollond by Benjamin Wilson *mid to late 18th century Source: Wikimedia Commons

John Dollond by Benjamin Wilson *mid to late 18th century
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: John Dollond and the Achromatic Lenses

Dollond telescope

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Taking the colour out of light

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

Forbes: No One, Not Even Newton or Einstein, Was The Muhammad Ali of Physics

AHF: Bernice Brode

America Pink: Zinaida Aksentyeva: Life

AHF: Robert S. Mulliken

S.R. Sarma: A Descriptive Catalogue of Indian Astronomical Instruments

The Royal Society: The Repository: War and planets

The Press: Historic telescope to be repaired

The Public Domain Review: Flowers in the Sky

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (Comet mit einem grosen Schwantz, 1401)

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (Comet mit einem grosen Schwantz, 1401)

Motherboard: Comets, Meteors, and Other Space Phenomena Depicted Over 1,000 Years

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Roslyn Robinson’s Interview

Voices of the Manhattan Project: David Hawkins’ Interview Part 1

The Catholic Astronomer: We Have Always Been Tiny

The Guardian: Sir Tom Kibble obituary

Dave’s Universe: Dr, John H. Eicher, 1921–2016

 

Nautilus: Why Physicists Make Up Stories in the Dark

University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection: In Praise of Small Instruments: J.S. Plaskett, the Physical Laboratory Workshop, and the Humble Resistance Box

AHF: William F. Lightfoot and the “Fat Man” Fireset

Yovisto: CERN and its Brilliant Minds

The Renaissance Mathematicus: How do we kill off myths of science zombies?

Portrait of Kepler by an unknown artist, 1610 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Kepler by an unknown artist, 1610
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Astronomical Institute: Slovak Academy of Sciences: Dr. Antonin Becvar

Whipple Library Books Blog: G is for Galileo and the tacit ‘Dialogues’

Asian Art: Jambudvipa and its Continents

Popular Science: A Brief History of Menstruating in Space

Finding Ada: Williamina Fleming: Star of Scotland

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), circa 1890s. (Courtesy Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard College Observatory.)

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), circa 1890s. (Courtesy Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard College Observatory.)

AHF: The Frank Report

AHF: Nicholas Metropolis

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Atlas Obscura: A 19th-Century Cartography Crammed All of Human History into this Map

Colton's full map from 1842.

Colton’s full map from 1842.

Bloomberg: French Maps From 1781 That Helped Free America to Be Auctioned

Ptak Science Books: A Good Example of a Bad Map, 1867

The Scotsman: Map: The 18th century territories of Scotland’s clans

David Stewart's map depicts the territories of the Highland clans in 1746-147. Picture: National Library of Scotland.

David Stewart’s map depicts the territories of the Highland clans in 1746-147. Picture: National Library of Scotland.

Digital Commonwealth: Maritime Charts and Atlases (Collection of Distinction) Boston Public Library

MEDICINE & HEALTH:

Othmeralia: The Book of Health (1898)

Thomas Morris: The cod-liver oil binge

Beyond Chicken Soup: Medical Inventions: Morris Tischler’s Solid State Pacemaker

The Embryo Project: ABO Blood Type Identification and Forensic Science (1900–1960)

Google Patents: Face-mask for treating the skin

The H-Word: Human-pig chimeras and the history of transplanting from animals

Colour lithograph: “human vivisection”, published in Lustige Blatter. Berlin, c. 1910. The rabbit says “Now no phoney sentimentality! The principle of free research requires that I vivisect this human for the health of the entire animal world”. Illustration: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images

Colour lithograph: “human vivisection”, published in Lustige Blatter. Berlin, c. 1910. The rabbit says “Now no phoney sentimentality! The principle of free research requires that I vivisect this human for the health of the entire animal world”. Illustration: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images

CHF: A Sweet Invention

ncbi.nim.nih.gov: John Bostock’s first description of hayfever

Early Modern Medicine: Catching Cold

Thomas Morris: Saved for posterity

Wellcome Collection Blog: Inspired: Human evolution & obstetrics

The Francis A. Conway Library of Medicine: On View: Teaching watercolor of tumor at actual size

Wellcome Library: Health and well-being: Early Medicine’s new theme

BLDGBLOG: The Human Nervous System, Pressed Like a Flower

[Image: Smartphone shot in non-ideal lighting conditions]

[Image: Smartphone shot in non-ideal lighting conditions]

The New York Times: Jerome S. Bruner, Who Shaped Understanding of the Young Mind, Dies at 100

The Recipes Project: Human Milk as Medicine in Imperial China: Practice or Fantasy?

NBC News: Plague Came to Europe Just Once and Stayed, Study Finds

Atlas Obscura: How An [sic] 1918 Author Introduced the World to the Concept of Female Pleasure

Thomas Morris: Killed by a corkscrew

Thomas Morris: The horn of a dilemma

Discover: How Railway Surgeons Advanced Medicine

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The H-Word: Doping and the 1966 World Cup

Thomas Morris: The double monster

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING:

Hackaday: Retrotechtacular: The Voder from Bell Labs

The National Museum of Computing: Veterans see Lorenz encrypt to decrypt

Gizmodo: Defeat AGAIN for Hitler as Bletchley Boffins Recreate WWII Code Breaks

Heritage Calling: A Bicycle Shed is a (Listed) Building

The H-Word: Uncovering the lives of women in science and technology: the case of Sarah Guppy

Royal Museums Greenwich: The Sinking of the Lusitania

Conciatore: Neri in Pisa

Conciatore: Travels to the East

Smithsonian.com: Hot Air Balloon Travel for the Luxury Traveler of the 1800s

A colored print of La Minerve (image: National Air and Space Museum)

A colored print of La Minerve (image: National Air and Space Museum)

Ptak Science Books: Ships in the Skyline, Part V: Cities INSIDE of Ships

Ptak Science Books: The pre-Google pre-Car –Google –Car (1892)

6sqft: Horn and Hardart Automats: Redefining Lunchtime, Diner on a Dime

Ptak Science Books: Fancy Walking Sticks and their Fancier Interior Lives (1892)

The Times: Ferguson’s timepiece sold to US bidder

IEEE: Annals of the History of Computing Download: History of Computing in East Asia

V&A: Sensing Time: a royal mantel clock

Gizmag: The stopwatch: 200 years old and still ticking

The stopwatch turns 200: When the compteur de tierces surfaced in 2012, it was like stumbling across an iPhone from 1975 in a junk shop (Credit: Louis Moinet Company)

The stopwatch turns 200: When the compteur de tierces surfaced in 2012, it was like stumbling across an iPhone from 1975 in a junk shop (Credit: Louis Moinet Company)

Ciara Meehan: The Dangers of Washing Machines

Hyperallergic: The Incredible Electric Eric: Rebuilding a Lost 1920s British Robot

Atlas Obscura: How a Hotel in Chicago Convinced Drivers They Needed Parking Garages

Smithsonian.com: The Story of László Bíró, the Man Who Invented the Ballpoint Pen

Ptak Science Books: Finger-Tip Lights for Theater Ushers

The British Museum: Collection online: The new sucking worm fire engine – A new draught and description of the fire engine

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Abu'l-Fida on Britain from his E14thC Geography, based on 13thC work of Ibn Sa'id al-Maghribi (trans. Dunlop, 1957) h/t Dr Caitlin Green

Abu’l-Fida on Britain from his E14thC Geography, based on 13thC work of Ibn Sa’id al-Maghribi (trans. Dunlop, 1957) h/t Dr Caitlin Green

 Scientific American: The Geology of D-Day (June 6, 1944)

Flathead Beacon: A Brief History of Science in Glacier National Park

Niche: The Birthday of the Year Without a Summer

Niche: The Iinnii Initiative: Reintroducing Bison to Blackfoot Country

storify: Instruments Supercomputers Environmental change

ABC News: New DNA technology confirms Aboriginal people as first Australians

Encyclopedia.com: Weidenreich, Franz

The Guardian: Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth, the 15-year-old victims of rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork. Photographs: PA

Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth, the 15-year-old victims of rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork. Photographs: PA

The Washington Post: Watch these leaping eels validate one of science history’s wackiest stories

The Recipes Project: Blood, Controversy, and Puddings in the Early English Atlantic

Hoaxes: The Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe

Tiny Letter: Pie in the Sky

Inside Climate News: For Oil Industry, Clean Air Fight Was Dress Rehearsal for Climate Denial

The Atlantic: The Unsung Hero of Western Science

Verso: China Rose

Nature: Cetology: How science inspired Moby-Dick

The Guardian: Andrea Wulf on a scientific adventurer ‘chased by 10,000 pigs’

Science League of America: In Praise of Pickett, Part 2

BHL: World Oceans Day through Books: The Roots of Modern Ichthyology

Belon portrayed many dolphins, their embryos, and reproductive anatomy within De aquatilibus, marking the beginning of modern embryology. Belon, Pierre. De aquatilibus. 1553.

Belon portrayed many dolphins, their embryos, and reproductive anatomy within De aquatilibus, marking the beginning of modern embryology. Belon, Pierre. De aquatilibus. 1553.

Forbes: Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Crises Throughout European History

The Atlantic: The Smart, Agile, and Completely Underrated Dodo

The Atlantic: Why Americans Call Turkey ‘Turkey’

The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: Bárðarbunga and the Winters of Winds, of the Sword, of the World

Yovisto: James Cook and the Great Barrier Reef

Smithsonian.com: Smithsonian’s Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America’s Native Flora

University of Birmingham: Lapworth Archive

Atlas Obscura: How Chewing Gave Humans Flat Faces, Little Teeth and Wimpy Jaws

BHL: The natural history of Carolina, Fl…

Geri Walton: Tales of Monkeys as Pets in the 18th Century and 19th Century

A Favorite Poodle And Monkey Belonging To Thomas Osborne, The 4th Duke of Leeds, By John Wootton, Public Domain

A Favorite Poodle And Monkey Belonging To Thomas Osborne, The 4th Duke of Leeds, By John Wootton, Public Domain

storify: Study Day 20 April 2016: Visiting the Hans Sloane Album Collection

The New York Times: Was There an Ice Age in the Southern Hemisphere?

History of Geology: Darwin’s first botanizing steps followed the geological ones

Borneo Post: Proposed Wallace Centre should also honour legacy of local assistant Ali – Historian

Ashmolean: Allen Ariel Photographs

CHEMISTRY:

The Renaissance Mathematicus: How Chemistry came to its first journal – and a small-town professor to lasting prominence

Lorenz Crell Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lorenz Crell
Source: Wikimedia Commons

CHF: Visual Evidence

The Conversation: Four new elements named – here’s how the periodic table evolved

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Scholarly Commons: All back issues of the History of Anthropology Newsletter are now digitized, accessible, and searchable

The Social Historians: Why Society Needs Historians

CHF: Biotechnology Heritage Award

the many-headed monster: On periodization: unanswerable questions, questionable answers

al-kashkūl: An Allegorical Epistle By Abū Alī ibn Sīnā (Avicenna) Describing His Arrival at True Knowledge

Forbes: Are There Revolutions in Physics?

Nautilus: Einstein Among the Daffodils

MedHumLab: Five Questions for… Carsten Timmermann

The #EnvHist Weekly

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Seven

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: We Were Trojans

World Digital Library: A Compilation of Divinations from the Tianyuan Jade Calendar and the Big Dipper Scripture

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distillatio: A practical alchemy mystery

distillatio: Health and safety in alchemy

BOOK REVIEWS:

The New York Times: ‘The Hour of Land,’ by Terry Tempest Williams

Time to Eat the Dogs: Interview on New Books Network

Reviews in History: Interview: Jordan Landes talks to Darin Hayton

Notches: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation: An Interview With Jim Downs

The Junto: Alejandra Dubcovsky, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South

Salon: Resurrecting the Anatomical Venus: Death, sex and ecstasy intersect in 18th-century dissectible wax women

The View From Fez: The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man

Ibn Khaldun

TrowelBlazers: Agatha: The real life of Agatha Christie

Science Book a Day: Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe

ars technica: How did all this science get here?

Academia: Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany

NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Beyond Melancholy. Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England

University of Wales Press: Robert Recorde

Historiens de la santé: The Great Transition. Climate, Disease and Society in the Late Medieval World

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University of Pennsylvania Press: Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Historiens de la santé: Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II

The Royal Institution: Celebrating the bicentenary of the Davy lamp

Grove Atlantic: Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

Palgrave: Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science and Medicine of the 1790s

Historiens de la santé: The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability

ART & EXHIBITIONS

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Digital Library: Under the Influence of the Heavens: Astrology in Medicine in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Smithsonian.com: See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museum

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

A skin affliction on display at the Moulage Museum. (Moulagenmuseum University and University Hospital of Zurich)

The Warburg Institude: The Library of Aby Warburg 13–17 June 2016

St. Louis Central Library: Fantasy Maps Exhibit 11 June–15 October 2016

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

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 January 29–31 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

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

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

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

COMING SOON:  Bethel Museum of the Mind: The Weight of History 27 July – 18 November 2016 

THEATRE, OPERA AND FILMS:

New Line Theatre: Atomic 2-25 June 2016

Discover Medical London: Medicine at the Movies: 16 June 2016

Detroit Free Press: ‘Atomic’ produces lots of noise, little heat

ashpags on tumblr: Great Lady Astronomers of History …Come to Life!

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:

Morbid Anatomy Museum: Rescheduled: What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt 16 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Talk: Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh 9–13 August 2016

Center for the History of Medicine Harvard: Phineas Gage Event 23 June 2016

UCL: STS: Open Day 17 June 2016

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

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Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: One for the Road

Royal College of Physicians: Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Glasgow: Science on the Streets – Free Walking Tours

Surgeons’ Hall Museums: Exceptional and Extraordinary – Unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum 15 June 2016

 

Chepstow Museum: Talk: Iwan Rhys Morus ‘Will the Real Victor Frankenstein Please Stand Up?’ 20 June 2016 

PAINTING OF THE WEEK:

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens.

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens.

 

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHOW:

VIDEOS:

Museo Galileo: The sundial of the Museo Galileo

Youtube: Fred Terman Interview, 1969

Youtube: Ultimate Restorations: Sierra 3 – PBS America

Youtube: Rebuilding Dinosaurs with the ‘Skeleton Crew’

Alom Shaha: Just a Theory

Youtube: Logic in Greek & Arabic Philosophy (Peter Adamson)

Youtube: Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius

Youtube: MIT: The History of Making Books: Build a Printing Press at MIT

RADIO & PODCASTS:

BBC Radio 4: Science Stories: Maxwell’s Demon

Futility Closet: Podcast Episode 108: The Greenwich Time Lady

kmuw: Marginalia: Carrie Brown

CHF: Episode 211: Babes of Science, a Guest Episode

BBC Radio 4: Blood and Fire: The Segregation and Racialisation of Blood

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Notches: CfP: Histories of Disability and Sexuality

CIUHCT: Lisbon, Portugal: Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration 17–18 June 2016

Poster Cusanus

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science: CfP: Special Issue: Knowledge Transfer and Its Context

University of Chester: Symposium: Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 24 June 2016

University of Freiburg: Accidents and the State in the 20th Century

The Victorianist: CfP Reminder: The “Heart” and “science” of Wilkie Collins and His Contemporaries 24 September 2016 London

Science Museum: Study Day: Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks & Watches 17–18 June 2016

ICOHTEC Conference Porto: CfP: Early Career Scholars Workshop: Tension of Europe 1 August 2016

Society for Renaissance Studies: CfP: More than meets the page: Printing Texts and Images in Italy, 1570s–1700s

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science: CfP: “Ludwik Fleck’s Theory of Thought Styles and Thought Collectives – Translations and Receptions” Deadline 30 August 2016

HPDST: 2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

University of Bergamo: Workshop: Early Modern Galenism and Botany 24 June 2016

University of Vienna: Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 16–18 June 2016

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

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

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

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.

Stethoscope Symposium

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

Conferene

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

Hist Geo Conf

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

 

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:

The University of Queensland: The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities PhD Scholarships

Science Museum Group: Collections Storage Project Manager

INFORMS: Part Time Intern Assistant History of Operational Research

Science Museum Group: Content Developer, Sun Exhibition

 

 

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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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