Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #46

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 #46

Monday 27 June 2016


 Somewhat late this week but we have finally overcome our Brexit lethargy to bring you Whewell’s Gazette the #histSTM links list without borders. The whole unlimited depths of cyberspace are where we search together all the histories of science, technology and medicine from the last seven days.

I’m not usually a fan of headlines that talk of scientists you’re never heard of, great or otherwise, but the article on the Forbes website by Whewell’ gazette friend science writer John Farrell with the title, The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of, does contain a certain justification for its provocative claim.

Amongst fans of modern physics, astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology the concept expanding universe is a universally known, every day phrase. One of those things that one can, somewhat hyperbolically, say everybody has heard of. Even its supposed discoverer Edwin Hubble is one of the few scientists who can be considered a household name. The law governing the general relation between the distance of cosmic objects and the rate of recession from the earth is named after him, Hubble’s Law. However both attributions are actually examples of Stigler’s law of eponymy, which states that no scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer; a law, which Stigler attributed to Robert K Merton thus fulfilling its own definition.

The concept of the expanding universe and the law defining it are both more correctly attributed the Belgian priest, physicist and astronomer, Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître, who died fifty years ago on 20 June 1966 and who is the subject of John Farrell’s article. Whereas Hubble is a household name Lemaître remains largely unknown to the general public although he is the creator of the cosmological concept the Big Bang, a name that was however not coined by him but in a derogatory sense by cosmologist, astronomer Fred Hoyle.

Georges Lemaître c. 1933 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Georges Lemaître c. 1933
Source: Wikimedia Commons

In fact an irony of the history of astronomy is that although Hubble produced the accurate measurements of the expansion that confirmed Lemaître’s theory he himself rejected the expansion concept believing there must some other explanation of the observed phenomenon that he had measured.

If after having read John’s article you want to know more about Lemaître I can warmly recommend John’s biography of Lamaître, The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaitre, Einstein, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology, Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York, 2005.

Yovisto: Georges Lemaître and the Big Bang Theory

Quotes of the week:


“Remember the good old days of 2016 when all we had to worry about was which celebrity had just died?” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

‘Daddy, what was 2016 like?’

‘All the cool people died. Everyone fell in behind assholes with bad hair and worse ideas. It rained a lot.’ – Damien Owens (@OwensDemien)

“Do you think Farage read Animal Farm at school and thought ‘Yes! Squealer – that’s who I want to be when I grow up!’” – Hannah Priest (@shewolfmanc)

Thesaurus Dictionary

 “Country that thinks it can go it alone in Europe achieves magnificent 0–0 draw against Slovakia” – Friends of Darwin (@friendsofdarwin)

“England v. Iceland is on Monday. They’re a small country with shit weather & a self-inflicted financial crisis, but they should beat Iceland” – Chris Applegate (@chrisapplegate)

“Opportunity (n) – modern usage: management-speak for crisis or failure such as redundancy. eg.”Brexit is a great opportunity for UK”” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

“The good news is you’re pregnant. The bad news is, it’s going to be Nigel Farage”– A doctor, 1963 – Moose Allain (@MooseAllain)

Shit House

“Aren’t bookshops strange, sitting there with quiet menace, as if they were just a shop and not an entry point to 30,000 different universes?” – Matt Haig (@matthaig1)

“If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company” – Jean-Paul Sartre h/t @wordnik

“Take me down to the Parallax City where the far moves slow and the near moves quickly” – Mark Brown (@britishgaming)

“Life is nothing but an electron looking for a place to rest.” – Albert Szent-Györgyi h/t @fadesingh


“A gender-neutral pronoun, the passive voice, and the Oxford comma walked into a non-academic bar and absolutely no one cared” – Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay)

“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.” – Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Birthday of the Week:

This week we are celebrating only one birthday of the week, our own.

Whewell’s Gazette was born 23 June 2014



Vassar College astronomy class with five students, instruments, and books, 1878

Vassar College astronomy class with five students, instruments, and books, 1878

 Yovisto: Alan Sandage and Quasars

AAS Committee on the Status of Women: Nobel Prize for a “Computer” named Henrietta Leavitt (1868–1921)

Astrolabes and Stuff: The start of summer?

Social History of Medicine: Volume 29 Issue 2 May 2016: Table of Contents

Now Appearing: The birth of Goldilocks

AHF: Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner 1946 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lise Meitner 1946
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Corning Museum of Glass: Marvin Bolt’s Telescope Quest

Dioptrice: Historical telescope data base

Yovisto: Siméon Denis Poisson’s Contributions to Mathematics

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Spaceship One

Yovisto: Hermann Minkowski and the four-dimensional Space-Time


Yovisto: Anders Ångström and the Science of Spectroscopy

AHF: Japanese Atomic Bomb Project

Life Beyond Our Planet?: Online Bibliography Extraterrestrial Life Debate

AHF: Klaus Fuchs

Astronomy Magazine: This Was How NASA Envisioned a Mars Trip in the 1950s

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Charles Messier

Copernicus Quote

Yovisto: Martin Perl and the Tau

Yovisto: William Penny and the British Atomic Bomb

AHF: Otto Frisch

Fine Books & Collections: The Morgan Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Publication of the General Theory of Relativity

The Physics of the Universe: Important Scientists: Fred Hoyle (1915–2001)


British Library: Collection guides: War Office Archive

British Library: Maps and views blog: War Office Archive goes live in Nairobi

British Art Studies: Looking for Longitude


Upworthy: These 5 bafflingly weird old maps of the Artic show why it’s worth preserving

Kent Online: As Ordnance Survey celebrates 225 years, we look at why Kent was the subject of the company’s first map

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Maps, Monsters and Marvels

Library of Congress: Accurater Prospect und Grundris der Königl. Gros-Britan̄isch. Haupt- und Residentz-Stadt London

Humanities: Global Impact: The Osher Map Library invites the whole world in

Palestine, 1475 / courtesy Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Palestine, 1475 / courtesy Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Academia: Shipwreck, Maroons and Monsters: The Hazards of Ancient Red Sea Navigation

Conciatore: Old Post Road

Royal Museums Greenwich: An object lesson for Refugee Week

Dr Caitlin R. Green: Al-Idrisi’s twelfth-century map and description of eastern England


Yovisto: James Braid – Gentleman Scientist

Curare: 39 (2016) 1: The Human Body in Asian Texts and Images Table of Contents

STAT: Questionable LSD experiments lurk in bioethics icon’s background

KIng's Evil

Social History of Medicine: ‘they are called Imperfect Men’: Male Infertility and Sexual Health in Early Modern England

The National Museum of American History: Insulin and Diabetes Management

Yovisto: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins and the Discovery of Vitamins

CHF: Early Solutions

tandonline: ‘The Stupidest Tea-Party in All My Life’: Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Praxis

John Tenniel, ‘A Mad Tea-Party’, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, p. 70.

John Tenniel, ‘A Mad Tea-Party’, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, p. 70.

Yovisto: Josef Breuer and the Cathartic Method

Atlas Obscura: I Tried a Medieval Diet, and I Didn’t Even Get That Drunk

AEON: A handy history

Thomas Morris: Amputating the bowels

Kerridge MED

Yale News: Medical library marks 75 years of supporting research and patient care

Early Modern Medicine: Surgical Spectators

The Guardian: Rubbishing Mary Seacole is another move to hide contributions of black people

Wellcome Library: Bawling babies and their baths in early modern England

Atlas Obscua: Some of History’s Most Beautiful Combs Were Made for Lice Removal

A French wooden comb from the 16th century. (Photo: Public Domain)

A French wooden comb from the 16th century. (Photo: Public Domain)

Atlas Obscura: I Found a Female Serial Killer in My Family Tree

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Macewen’s War Work

Embryo Project: Estrogen and the Menstrual Cycle in Humans

Medical History: Volume 60 Issue 03 July 2016: Table of Contents

Science Museum: Exposing the face of war

The Recipes Project: Dr. Sloane’s Advice in the Recipe Manuscripts of Henrietta Harley

For Cholic

CHF: “The Popular Dose with Doctors:” Quinine and the American Civil War

Pacific Standard: Zika and the Bubonic Plague: A Lesson from the Middle Ages

Harvard Medical School: A New View of Phineas Gage


 Yovisto: Jack Kilby – Inventor of the Integrated Circuit

Yovisto: Black Vinyl at 33⅓ RPM

Yovisto: Franz Kruckenberg’s Schienenzeppelin

The Guardian: 17th-century fire engine restored for Great Fire of London exhibition

The restoration was possible because a vintage photograph survived of the engine in the 19th century. Photograph: Museum of London

The restoration was possible because a vintage photograph survived of the engine in the 19th century. Photograph: Museum of London

Ian Visits: Museum of London restores 17th-century fire engine for exhibition

Upworthy: The weird, secret history of the electric car and why it disappeared

The Guardian: Texas restores 333-year-old French ship that brought settlers to doomed colony

Gizmodo: The Life and Explosive Death of the World’s First Ferris Wheel

The Conversation: The Victorians had the same concerns about technology as we do

David Rumsey Map Collection: Post Office Wireless Stations

Academia: The Mästermyr Find: A Viking Tool Chest from Gotland

Writers vs the World: Exploring the History of Electricity: Galvani and Mary Shelley

Live Journal: Retro-Futurism: Harry Grant Dart (1869–1938)


UofT News: Celebrating Ursula Franklin: pioneer in material science and trailblazing feminist

Ptak Science Books: Tremendous Montage of Early Airships

History Computer: Article: The Integrated Circuit of Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce

Hackaday: J.C. Bose and the Invention of Radio

Smithsonian.com: Commemorate the Panama Canal’s Expansion With These Photos From Its Construction


Forbes: How Charles Darwin Classified his Mineral Collection

BHL: The Beautiful Monster: Mermaids

Tritons, or Nereids, the merpeople of the Greeks and Romans. Ashton, John. Curious Creatures in Zoology. 1890.

Tritons, or Nereids, the merpeople of the Greeks and Romans. Ashton, John. Curious Creatures in Zoology. 1890.

Notches: More Than Loving: Race, Sexuality and Public Memory in the Movement for Marriage Equality

Notches: J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI, and the “Sex Deviates” Program


flickr: BHL: Icones Farlowianae: Illustrations…

Medium: Passenger pigeon extinction: it’s complicated – @GrrlScientist

TrowelBlazers: Dianne Edwards

Yovisto: Deodat de Dolomieu and the Love for Rocks

Wellcome Library: Insects under the microscope

Amgueddfa Blog: Celebrating the tercentenary of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713–1792)

History Extra: Beasts of wonder: reading animals in the Middle Ages

The Conversation: Why so many Australian species are yet to be named

Letters from Gondwana: Once Upon a Time, There Was a Dodo

Painting of the Dodo by Roelandt Savery executed in ca. 1626 and held at the NHMUK, London.

Painting of the Dodo by Roelandt Savery executed in ca. 1626 and held at the NHMUK, London.

American Museum of Natural History: Dragons – Creatures of Power

Yovisto: Nicholas Shackleton and Paleoclimatology

The New York Public Library: Digital Collections: Birds of America


EngineerGuy:Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle


Skulls in the Stars: Twitter Weird Science Facts, Volume 9

Academia: The Temporality of the Landscape Revisited (with replies by Ingold, Olivier and Edgeworth) by Dan Hicks

PLOS ECR Community: Politics in academic publishing: past to present

Society Of Physics Students: Week 2: Meetings and Birthday Greetings

History of Anthropology Newsletter: Renewing the History of Anthropology Newsletter

Lady Science: No. 21: Women at the Intersection of Art and Science

Illustration of Paspalum scabriusculum, by Agnes Chase (1902). Image courtesy of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Illustration of Paspalum scabriusculum, by Agnes Chase (1902). Image courtesy of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Huffpost Tech. A Wondrous New Gallery for the Next Generation of Great Science Minds

Marine Lives digital pop up lab: Collaborative experience for historians, coders and computer scientists

Spontaneous Generation: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science: Volume 8 No 1 (2016) Table of Contents

MedHumLab: Five Questions for…Cordelia Warr

CHF: Distillations Blog: Through the Lens: Interview with Andrea Tomlinson

University of California Press: Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences: Vol. 46 No. 3 June 2016: Table of Contents

The Royal Institution: Faraday’s notebooks inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register

E&T: Landmark Faraday notes win UNESCO heritage status

Academia: Edward Tyson’s Phocaena: a case study in the institutional context of scientific publishing

Futurism: A Brief History of Carl Sagan

The Public Domain Review: Max Brückner’s Collection of Polyhedral Models (1900)


Inside Higher Ed: Notable History

The Bigger Picture: Science Service, Up Close: George Sarton, Watson Davis, and “Panache”

Sunday Business Post: Fifth Robert Boyle Summer School teases out science and Irish Identity

CHF: Rebel without a chemistry set: Saving America’s youth with science clubs

U Chicago News: Alison Winter, historian of science, 1965–2016

Prof. Alison Winter at the award ceremony for the 2014 Gordon J. Laing Prize. Photo byRobert Kozloff

Prof. Alison Winter at the award ceremony for the 2014 Gordon J. Laing Prize.
Photo byRobert Kozloff

History and Philosophy of Science Notes: The June HPS&ST Note is on the web


Herald Scotland: Uncovered: the ‘forgotten’ stories of Scotland’s trailblazing women scientists


Pinterest: Women using scientific instruments (updated)

A woman generates electricity with a friction machine, as Nollet charges a Leyden jar. From Jean Antoine Nollet’s Essai sur l’électricité des corps (1750)

A woman generates electricity with a friction machine, as Nollet charges a Leyden jar. From Jean Antoine Nollet’s Essai sur l’électricité des corps (1750)


Yovisto: Gerald Hawkins and the Secret of Stonehenge

Conciatore: Galleria dei Lavori

Giovanni Stradano  (Jan van der Straet)  Alchemy Studio, 1571 (Inside the Uffizi Galleria dei Lavori)

Giovanni Stradano (Jan van der Straet)
Alchemy Studio, 1571
(Inside the Uffizi Galleria dei Lavori)


Manchester University Press: Summer Sale 50% off all books e.g.

Katherine Foxhall: Health, medicine, and the sea: Australian Voyages c.1815–60


The Guardian: The 100 best nonfiction books: No 21 – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (1962)

The Irish Times: The Irish Enlightenment by Michael Brown review: a controversial study

Deviant Maternity: Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany

H-Net Reviews: Valerie Rohy Lost Causes: Narrative, Etiology, and Queer Theory

British Journal for the History of Science: Book Reviews:

Brain Pickings: Alan Turing: Church, State, and the Tragedy of Gender-Defiant Genius

LA Review of Books: Life as a Verb: Applying Buckminster Fuller to the 21st Century


Linn’s Stamp News: New book chronicles ‘How The Post Office Created America’


OUP: Archaeologists and the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society

OUP: A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science

OUP: Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

University of Chicago Press: The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick

University of Chicago Press: Localization and Its Discontents: A genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines

University of Chicago Press: Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderlands

OUP: The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship

Columbia University Press: Exhaustion: A History

CUP: Death in Beijing: Murder and Forensic Science in Republican China


CUP: Toxic Histories: Poison and Pollution in Modern India


Art Institute Chicago: The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries 25 June–6 November 2016

Museum of London: Fire! Fire! 23July 2016–17 April 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich: Above and Beyond: The ultimate interactive flight exhibition 27 May–29 August 2016

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn Historical Society to exhibit two rare Revolutionary War-era maps in honour of upcoming 240th anniversary of Battle of Brooklyn 29 June–28 August 2016

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 

Royal Collection: Maria Merian’s Butterflies



Royal Society of Medicine: charcot, hysteria, & la salpetriere 3 May 2016–23 July 2016 


The Mary Sue: Nicole Kidman to Play Rosalind Franklin in Film Adaption, Gives Franklin Mainstream Attention She Deserves

BND: Belleville News–Democrat: How “Atomic” creators built a musical about nuclear physics

New Line Theatre: Atomic 2-25 June 2016

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

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

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


Morbid Anatomy: Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

Victoria Baths – Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock: Talk: “The Evils of Dirt and the Value of Cleanliness:” a history of Manchester’s early baths and wash-houses, 1840-1876 10 September 2016

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

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

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

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

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Medicine at War

London Fortean Society: A History of Life after Death 26 July 2016 


 Hokusai: observatory of the Calendar Bureau during the Edo period,  astronomers working on the roof, Mt. Fuji in the background

Hokusai: observatory of the Calendar Bureau during the Edo period,
astronomers working on the roof, Mt. Fuji in the background


BBC Four: Inside Porton Down: Britain’s Secret Weapons Research FacilityBBC Four: Genius of the Modern World: Freud



Youtube: Research Channel: Overlooked Achievement: The Life of Lise Meitner

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking: Back to the Future? How to count to 9,999 early medieval-style


VPR: Our National Parks: Indigenous Voices

iTunes: Things Seminar – Cambridge University

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinkers: Hands, Physiology and Art, the History of Science

BBC Radio 4: Shakespeare’s Restless World: New Science, Old Magic

Newsworks: How a moat shaped mental health care in the United States

KUMN: Telling the Story of the Manhattan Project


Lexicon Philosophicum: CfP: Issue 5 (2017) Histories of Philosophy, Science and Ideas

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds: CfP: Workshop: Exploring Histories and Futures of Innovation in Advanced Wound Care 20 September 2016

Leeds Trinity University: Victorian History Workshop 4 July 2016

University of Oxford: Workshop: Alchemy, Universal Medicine, and Prolongation of Life 4 July 2016

University of Cardiff: Programme: Bodily Fluids/Fluid Bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity 11-13 July 2016

Université de Caen: Colloque: Le corps humain saisi par le droit : entre liberté et propriété 14 Octobre 2016

Augustinerkloster Erfurt: Conference: Towards a Global History of Ideas 7–9 July 2016

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

CFP Early Modern World

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

St Anne’s College: University of Oxford: Constructing Scientific Communities: Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century: Seminars in Trinity Term 2016


Science Museum Group: Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology

University of Cambridge: Curator of Scientific Collections

Academia: Call for Peer Reviewers: the Wilkie Collins Journals

The HistoryMakers: Video Oral History Researcher/Processor

The HistoryMakers: The HistroyMakers Database & Technical Project Manager

Huygens ING: Postdoc Resarcher: The Art of Reasoning Techniques of Scientific Argumentation in the Medieval Latin West (400–1400)

Cambridge University Library: Curator of Scientific Collections

The Linnean Society: Archivist (Full-time, permanent post)

University of Cambridge: Research Associate: Philosophy of Biology (Fixed Term)







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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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