Whewell’s Gazette: year2, Vol. #45

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 #45

Monday 20 June 2016


 We have reached the summer solstice the middle point of the astronomical year and we have reached the forty-fifth edition in the Whewell’s Gazette #histSTM year bringing you a wide selection of the histories of science, technology and medicine gathered upp throughout cyberspace over the last seven days.

We live in a time where the utility of the humanities is being challenged on an almost daily basis; this was not always the case and is in fact a very recent development. In earlier times the interchange between the arts and the sciences was a commonplace and fully accepted phenomenon. On the British Art Studies web site there is an interesting combined history of art history of science study of just such a case from the eighteenth century under the title ‘Looking for “the Longitude”’.

Opening with an essay from Katy Barrett entitled, First Look, discussing a visual reference to the search for longitude in a Hogarth print the study is being extended and deepened everyday by a series of expert commentators amplifying different aspects of the topic.

British Art Studies: Looking for “the Longitude”:

First Look by Katy Barrett

Day 1: Response to figures 2 and 3 Katy Barrett

Day 2: Response to figure 4 Richard Dunn

Day 3: Response to figure 5 Rebekah Higgitt

Day 4: Response to figure 6 Katherine Parker

This is the latest development in what has been one of the best #histSTM research projects conducted in recent years, the Board of Longitude Research Project. The Board of Longitude was set up in the early eighteenth century and existed slightly more than one hundred years and was charged with task of supporting the search for a reliable method of determining longitude at sea. The board examined proposals, awarded research grants for promising efforts and monetary rewards for successful progress towards a reliable method. The Board’s records have been preserved and a research project was set up under the leadership of Simon Schaffer from Cambridge University and Rebekah Higgitt and Richard Dunn from the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The other researchers were postdocs, Alexi Baker and Nicky Reeves, doctoral students, Katy Barrett, Eoin Phillips and Sophie Waring, and for the final year Katherine McAlpine as engagement officer. The project ran from May 2010 till June 2015 and produced some truly excellent results.

As far as the public is concerned at the top of the list is the major exhibition in Greenwich, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, which the last time I looked was still touring the world, and the accompanying large format, beautifully illustrated book by Dunn and Higgitt, Finding Longitude. You can find a full and very impressive list of all the other exhibitions, books, papers and articles, doctoral theses, digital and broadcasts, conferences and workshops, lifelong learning events and school projects here.

With a separate grant Cambridge University Library digitised the complete Board of Longitude archives, which are now available online here.

In my opinion this whole project and the people who worked in it set standards for #histSTM research that anybody embarking on a #histSTM research project would be well advised to emulate.

Quotes of the week:

 “Never thought I’d say this but, I want my country back. My lovely, frustrating, tolerant, cynical, cultured, multicultural, funny country” – Tom Webb (@tomjwebb)

“Even idiots occasionally speak the truth accidentally” – Dorothy L. Sayers h/t @ferwen

“Murderous lunatics we may always have with us but murderous lunatics with AR-15 we really don’t have to tolerate” – Liam Heneghan (@DublinSoil)

“I’m sure Trump’s temper tantrums about the press will calm down once he’s elected Supreme Leader” – Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman)

Fucking Scary

“Dear young people. Please don’t let you’re future be stolen by mad old farts who want to return the country to an age that never existed” – Peter Davidson (@PeterDavidson5)

“In 1780, Ribright & Smith, Optical, Philosophical & Mathematical instrument makers in Bath, would ‘electrify’ persons for a shilling” – Alun Whithey (@DrAlun)

“I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability” – Oscar Wilde

“By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter” – Adam Smith (1723-1790)


Q: “How many philosophers does it take to ruin a dinner?”

A: “Well what do you mean by ‘ruin’?” – Ethicist for Hire (@ethicistforhire)

Would the Leave team settle for pulling out of Eurovision as a compromise? – History Scientist (@historyscientis)

“The quietness of his tone italicised the malice of his reply” – Truman Capote h/t @matthewcobb

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men” ― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator h/t @KaraWSwanson

Pascal Wager

[Dawkins leans out window.] “You there, boy, what day is it?” “It’s Christmas Day, sir!” “No it’s not. It is just a day. Faith is insanity” – Avery Edison (@aedison)

“Lycranthropy – man turning into a wolf but wearing cycle shorts” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

“Entomology is often perceived as a sub-discipline of zoology; somewhat ironic as most animals are insects” – (@realscienists)

“An early calculator is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all” (HT Mr J) – Brian Clegg (@brianclegg)

Reading an article that begins: “Much has been written on the Middle Ages; most of it has been negative” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

Einstein's advertisement for his private tutoring services in math and physics, including a free trial lesson h/t @phalpern

Einstein’s advertisement for his private tutoring services in math and physics, including a free trial lesson h/t @phalpern

Birthdays of the Week:

The Birth of Frankenstein 16 June 1816

Title page of first edition of Frankenstein, Volume I. Source: Wikimedia Common

Title page of first edition of Frankenstein, Volume I.
Source: Wikimedia Common

The Last Word on Nothing: Dr. Frankenstein’s Climate

The Public Domain Review: Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

The Guardian: What Frankenstein means now

Science Museum: The Creation of Frankenstein

James Clerk Maxwell born 13 June 1831

A young Maxwell at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is holding one of his colour wheels. Source: Wikimedia Commons

A young Maxwell at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is holding one of his colour wheels.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Royal Society of Chemistry: On this day in Chemistry June 13th

Thomas Young born 13 June 1773

Portrait of Thomas Young (1773–1829) Source: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Thomas Young (1773–1829)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Len Fisher: History’s most boring scientist makes waves

Archive.org: A course of natural philosophy and the mechanical arts


Yerkes Observatory staff, August 1916, from left (back row, standing): Stanley H. Hughes, Everett I. Yowell, Julius Lemkowitz, John A. Parkhurst, John Mellish, Clifford Crump, Max Petersen, Oliver J. Lee, Lloyd R. Wylie, Edwin Hubble, Edward Emerson Barnard, Edwin Brant Frost (Director), Francis Easton Carr, Francis P. Leavenworth, Storrs B. Barrett; (front row, seated) Esther Wendell, Mary Ross Calvert, Evelyn W. Wickham, Vera Gushee, Frances Lowater, Elise Johns, Mrs. Mellish's sister (unnamed). University of Chicago Photographic Archive

Yerkes Observatory staff, August 1916, from left (back row, standing): Stanley H. Hughes, Everett I. Yowell, Julius Lemkowitz, John A. Parkhurst, John Mellish, Clifford Crump, Max Petersen, Oliver J. Lee, Lloyd R. Wylie, Edwin Hubble, Edward Emerson Barnard, Edwin Brant Frost (Director), Francis Easton Carr, Francis P. Leavenworth, Storrs B. Barrett; (front row, seated) Esther Wendell, Mary Ross Calvert, Evelyn W. Wickham, Vera Gushee, Frances Lowater, Elise Johns, Mrs. Mellish’s sister (unnamed). University of Chicago Photographic Archive

AHF: Luis Alvarez

Spaceflight Insider: Our Spaceflight Heritage: Pioneer 10, First to Achieve Escape Velocity from the Solar System

Undark: Unsung: Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Daily Star Albany: Hammurabi’s Astronomers Tracked Jupiter and Record Planet’s Motion, 4000 Years Ago

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Louis Hemplemann Interview – Part 1

Chemistry World: Nicol’s prism

Scientific American: Ancient Documents Reveal Sunspots, Auroras and Other Solar Activity before Galileo

Museum Victoria Collections: Eclipse Expeditions from Melbourne Observatory

Time: The Manhattan Project Physicist Who Fought for Equal Rights for Women

Corpus Newtonicum: How to recognise a Newton library book in 60 seconds (Scenes from the Library of Isaac Newton, Part 1)

Lost in the Footnotes: J.J. Thompson and the Public Conflagration

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Mack Newsom’s Interview

Yovisto: The First Woman in Space – Valentina Tereshkowa

Tereshkova, skiing, 1964 RIAN archive 16350 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tereshkova, skiing, 1964
RIAN archive 16350
Source: Wikimedia Commons

SpaceWatchtower: 100 Years Ago: Connecticut Observatory Opens w/out Telescope!

Yesterday’s Island Today’s Nantucket: Invitation to Maria Mitchell from AAAS

The Atlantic: How Sexism Held Back Space Exploration

the scottbot irregular: [f-s d] Cetus

Dannen.com: Recommendations on the Immediate Use of Nuclear Weapons, June 16, 1945

World Digital Library: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Moon of the Southern Sea

Yovisto: William Parsons and his Large Telescope

Yovisto: Alexander Friedmann and the Expanding Universe

atnf.csiro.au: Searching for the Astronomy of Aboriginal Australians

Brain Pickings: Ordering the Heavens: Hevelius’s Revolutionary 17th-Century Star Catalog and the First Moon Map


AHF: James Marshall

mikeoats.org: William Lassell (1799-1880) and the discovery of Triton, 1846

AHF: Aage Niels Bohr



Ptak Science Books: Visulizing Data: the Texas Newspaper Frontier in 1880

The Hakluyt Society Blog: Essay Prize Series part 4: European Conceptualisation of Southeast Asian Sexual Diversity, c. 1590–1640

Wales Online: The trend for grown-up colouring-in has been going on for 400 years – and the used to use maps of Wales


The Guardian: A History of the 20th century in maps – in pictures

Yovisto: Sir Francis Drake’s discovery of Nova Albion

Atlas Obscura: Tall Travel Tales from 17th-Century Mexico, Mapped


Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine: On View: Teaching watercolor of a leiomyoma in the uterus

Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine: On View:
Teaching watercolor of a leiomyoma in the uterus


Thomas Morris: The double monster

National Geographic: Phenomenon: The 19th Century Doctor Who Mapped His Hallucinations

Nautilus: The True Story of Medical Books Bond in Human Skin

Readers Digest: The heart hero who discovered the heartbeat

Dr Alun Withey: Nendrick’s Pill: Selling Medicine in Rural Britain

(Image from Google Books)

(Image from Google Books)

Science of Us: Diarrhea Is the Wartime Enemy No One Mentions

NYAM: The Legacy of Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: Extraordinary Women: A Personal Look at Breast Cancer

Medical History: Volume 60 Numéro 03 July 2016: Soul Catchers: The Material Culture of the Mind Sciences: Table of Contents

Thomas Morris: Death from Peas

JHI Blog: Karl Philip Moritz and Oralism

Naomi Clifford: A broadside on Elizabeth Simmonds, who had a lucky escape from the dissecting table

Science of Us: The Tuskegee Experiment Kept Killing Black People Decades After It Ended

The New York Times: Did Infamous Tuskegee Study Cause Lasting Mistrust of Doctors Among Blacks?

Alice Dolan: Disability at the Foundling Hospital

STAT: 7 of the most gruesome medical devices in history

Graeco-Roman surgical instruments. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Graeco-Roman surgical instruments.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Thomas Morris: A case for Dr Bell

Calenda: Confiance et légitimité en information et communication de santé

Royal College of Physicians: Clinical neurophysiology: historical highlights

Museum of HSTM Leeds: Lecture 6. Midwifery Forceps

DailyHistory.org: What was the dominant medical sect in the United States during the 19th Century?

Thomas Morris: Occupation: glass and nail eater

Atlas Obscura: In the Early 1940s, the Red Cross Banned Black Blood Donors

A Surgical Demonstration (c.1700), oil on canvas by A. van der Groes

A Surgical Demonstration (c.1700), oil on canvas by A. van der Groes


Science Museum: Revealing the Real Cooke and Wheatstone Telegraph Dial

Ptak Science Books: Using Children and Shoes as Metaphors for Naval Strength ­ the Display of Quantitative Information Series

Conciatore: Thévenot Continues East

Dial “S” For Science: Mystery of Ancient Greek Device Solved

New York Times: The Ancient Greek Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy

Smithsonian.com: How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War

The company's early advertising claims boasted of many superlatives, including "always ready." (Corbis)

The company’s early advertising claims boasted of many superlatives, including “always ready.” (Corbis)

Forbes: These Ancient Artifacts – Like King Tut’s Dagger – Are Made From Alien Metals

JSTOR Daily: Why King Tut Had a Meteorite Knife

Smithsonian.com: This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Era

Atlas Obscura: John Muir’s Alarm Clock Desk

Science Museum: The watch that helped change lives

The Aviation History Online Museum: Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown

Wired: Birth of the Microphone How Sound Became Signal

io9: This six-story highway through Manhattan is a great lunatic moment in urban planning

Ptak Science Books: DIY Tank Model, 1917 (Full Text)

[Popular Mechanics, August, 1917, pg 307]

[Popular Mechanics, August, 1917, pg 307]

Whipple Library Books Blog: I is for Instruments

Yovisto: Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company

Electrifying the country house: Guest Post: Eating Electricity and Delivering India – Animesh Chatterjee

Hello World!: K&R: Where It All Began

Conciatore: Weights and Measures

Ptak Science Books: Mobile Maginot: Moveable Land and Floating Forts, 1940


Mimi Matthews: A Brief History of Victorian Goldfish Globes and Goldfish-Hawkers

the many-headed monster: Riches, Poverty and Pollution: Living with Coal Smoke in Early Modern London

Science Blogs: Annie Maunder, der Schmetterling in der Sonne und die Sache mit der kleinen Eiszeit

Niche: Exploring Fish Introductions using GIS

TrowelBlazers: Beatrice de Cardi, OBE

Bestiarium: The shoulder horn of Dürer’s marvellous Rhinocerus – revealing a 501 year old mystery beast

Dürer's Rhinoceros Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dürer’s Rhinoceros
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Genetic Literacy Project: Scientists celebrate 100th anniversary of DNA double helix discovery [sic]

The Public Domain Review: Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

BLE: Louis A. Fuertes (Puerto Rican American Ornithologist & Artist)

Recipes Project: Picturing Seething Meat in the New World

Atlas Obscura: The Eccentric Father of Early American Taxidermy Practiced on Ben Franklins Cat

Science League of America: Even the Classics Can Surprise You

The Wire: A Brief History of the Earth: How it All Began

Yovisto: Barbara McClintock and Cytogenetics

Forbes: How Biology Pioneer Carl Linnaeus Once Tried to Classify Minerals

The Atlantic: RIP Bob Paine, A Keystone Among Ecologists

UW professor Robert T. Paine, 80, in his Kincaid Hall office, “has trained a thriving dynasty” of students. ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

UW professor Robert T. Paine, 80, in his Kincaid Hall office, “has trained a thriving dynasty” of students.

History of Geology: Dante’s Inferno – The Geology of Hell

The Friends of Darwin: 18-Jun-1858: Wallace’s Bombshell

Scientific American: Laelaps: The Battle for the Bone War Beasts

Science: Rising temperatures and humans were a deadly combo for ancient South American megafauna

The Guardian: How Darwin’s view from his bedroom window ushered in a scientific revolution

Extinct Monsters: The Epistemological Challenge of Model Wales

Mimi Matthews: The Alligator in the Thames: Victorian Era Reports of Reptiles at Large

Chased by an Alligator, Reptiles and Birds, 1883.

Chased by an Alligator, Reptiles and Birds, 1883.

Forbes: How Animal Freakshows Helped the Science of Biology to Develop

Strange Science: Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire

flickr: BHL: The naturalists’ miscellany v.1


C&EN: Groovy chemistry: The materials science behind records

A cylinder made from Edison’s brown wax, which is actually more of a metal soap. Credit: Anna-Maria Manuel

A cylinder made from Edison’s brown wax, which is actually more of a metal soap.
Credit: Anna-Maria Manuel

CHF: Science, Protector of the Common Good

AHF: Jerome Karle


The Royal Society: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Discussion meeting issue ‘Major transitions in human evolution’ Table of Contents

Science Museum: Frankenstein: From literature to myth to bogey-man of science

The Indian Express: ICHR approves first project to map ancient India’s scientific achievements

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine: News of the Consortium June 2016

Oxford Brookes University: Student Profiles: Jane Freebody: MA History of Medicine

Now in the first year of her PhD specialising in the history of psychiatry, Jane reflects back on what made her first apply for an MA History of Medicine

Now in the first year of her PhD specialising in the history of psychiatry, Jane reflects back on what made her first apply for an MA History of Medicine

University of Surrey: Media Centre: University of Surry Professor and BBC Presenter receives Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Society of Physics Students: Week 1: Hitch, Hack, Home –It’s Off to Work I Go!

Wired: The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language

BioLogos: God and Science in America after Darwin

The #EnvHist Weekly

The Royal Society: Notes and Records: Fit for print: developing an institutional model of scientific periodical publishing in England, 1665–ca. 1714

The Guardian: ‘There’s no point being subtle about science. You have to bang them over the head with it’



The Case Book Project: Releases 10 and 11: Simon Forman’s guide to astrological medicine, Richard Napier’s casebooks 1610–1620 and 21 volumes of colour images

Academia: Establishing the Canon: George Ripley and his Alchemical Sources


Brain Pickings: Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel

Reviews in History: Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland

Popular Science: The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee

soundcloud: Guinevere Glasford – The Words in My Hand interview

Harpenden History: Cholera in Victorian England


Reviews in History: Rational Action: The Sciences of Policy in Britain and America, 1940–1960

Wire: New book surveys the early electronic music explorers of the UK

The Guardian: Dry Store Room No 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum



The Orion Publishing Group: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Story of Our Genes

Historiens de la santé: A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern

Smithsonian Books: Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved

OUP: The Silk Road: A New History Valerie Hansen


Routledge: Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene

CUP: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An Alternative History of the Reformation

Historiens de la santé: Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome: Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art 


The Mary Rose: Mary Rose Museum re-opening on 20th July 2016

Marc Garrett: Curating Monsters of the Machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century

The Guardian: Engineering the World review – Ove Arup, the man who built modernity

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)

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


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

Science Museum: Einstein’s Legacy

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


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


NYAM: Lecture: Up!: Manhood, Democratic Medicine, and Walt Whitman’s Secret Health Writings 18 July 2016

Morbid Anatomy Museum: JSTOR presents: First Blood Transfusions: An Illustrated History 29 June

LSE: Lecture: Why Physics Needs Philosophy 17 July 2016

Nature: Medical research: Citizen medicine: Vaccination: Medicine and the Masses Hunterian Museum till 17 September 2016

The Guardian: Mothers of Invention: the women who pioneered electronic music London Southbank Centre 24–26 June

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

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


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

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

The National Museum of Computing: Guided Tours

Gresham College: Lecture: The Expanding Universe 26 October 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


Museum of the History of Science: Observing the Observers 28 June 2016

Wellcome Collection: BSL Discussion: Ancient ills, ancient cures 23 June 2016

Coming soon: Wellcome Collection: Friday Late Spectacular: In Pursuit of Pain 1 July 2016


Domenico Fetti: Archimedes

Domenico Fetti: Archimedes




WLRN: Miami – South Florida: The History of Science & Future of Technology

Open Culture: Soviet Inventor Léon Theremin Shows Off the Theremin, the Early Electronic Instrument That Could Be Played Without Being Touched (1954)

Youtube: Mechanical Computing: How the Pascaline Works


soundcloud: The Royal Irish Academy: Science: The Scientific Collections of the Edward Worth Library – Elizabethanne Boran

Here & Now: Chad Orzel: Do Americans Know Enough About Science?

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

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 086: George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London


HSTM Network Ireland: International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Young Scholar Prize

ENVA, Amphithéâtre Blin: Appel à communications: Animalhumanité. Expérimentation et fiction : l’animalité au cœur du vivant 1er et 2 décembre 2016

New Bern NC: CfP: North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference 4–5 November 2016

Logis du Roy – Square Jules Bocquet – Amiens: Colloque: L’anatomie sans les arts ? Le corps en images à l’époque moderne 23 et 24 juin 2016

Christ’s College Cambridge: CfP: Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World (1400-1750) 3–4 April 2017

Irish Philosophy: Robert Boyle Summer School, Lismore Co. Waterford 23–26 June 2016

Villa Mirafiori, Rome: Conference: Building Theories, Hypothesis & Heuristics in Science

UCL: CfP. Second London Philosophy of Science Graduate Conference 1–2 September 2016 Deadline 4 July 2016

University of Durham: Conference: Evidence and Representation – Keeping Watch in Babylon: the astronomical diaries between science and history 24 June 2016

Society for U.S: Intellectual History: Conference: From the Mayflower to Silicon Valley: Tools and Traditions in American Intellectual History October 13-15, 2016

University of Lisbon: CfP: Third Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Issues 14–16 December 2016

Eä: CfP: for upcoming issues of Eä – Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies of Science and Technology is currently open Deadline 30 June Manuscripts accepted in Spanish, English and Portuguese

San Sebastian: Physics in the XII International Ontology Congress 3-7 October 2016

Westminster Quaker Meeting House: ‘A MANY-SIDED CRYSTAL’: THE QUAKER PHYSICIST & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, SILVANUS PHILLIPS THOMPSON (1851–1916) A Workshop to Mark the Centenary of his Death 16 September 2016

Notches: CfP: Histories of Disability and Sexuality

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

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

BSHS: Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

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

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

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

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

Western Michigan University: CfP: Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conference 

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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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


University of Reading: Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums  23 September 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

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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

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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

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


Queen Mary University of London: Applications Invited for AHRC CDP with British Library: Hans Sloane’s Books Deadline 6 July 2016

University of Liverpool: Three postdoctoral job opportunities on ERC-funded project “Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, c. 1550-1700”

The Royal Institution: Freelance Science Presenter

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Internship in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

Lausanne: Appel à candidatures: Poste 50% histoire de la médecine à Lausanne

Queen Mary University of London: Lisa Jardine Doctoral Studentship

National Media Museum Bradford: Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology



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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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