Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #47

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 #47

Monday 04 July 2016


 It’s time once again for another edition of the weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette to bring you all the histories of Science, technology and medicine that our doughty editorial team could gather together out of the Internet over the last seven days.

Great Britain in general and London in particular is plastered with what a German friend of mine calls Kranzabwurfstellen, (in English places to drop off wreaths) i.e. monuments and statues. The majority of these are statues of white men who made a living out of killing other, often non-white, men, often throwing in women and children for good measure. The number of women commemorated in this manner is comparatively negligible.

This week saw a novum, not only a statue erected in London to a women but what is, in all likelihood, the very first ever statue erected in Britain of a black woman, the Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole, who was voted the greatest black Briton of all time in 2004.

portrait of Mary Seacole (1805–1881), c.1869, by otherwise unknown London artist Albert Charles Challen (1847–1881). Original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Source: Wikimedia Commons

portrait of Mary Seacole (1805–1881), c.1869, by otherwise unknown London artist Albert Charles Challen (1847–1881). Original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

One would have thought that the medical community and the historians of medicine would have universally welcomed this honour for Mary Seacole but some of the fans of Britain’s other great Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale objected, apparently amongst other things on the grounds that the statue of Seacole was taller than that of Nightingale. The mind boggles!

Punch magazine pays tribute to Mary Seacole during the Crimean War in 1857 Getty Images

Punch magazine pays tribute to Mary Seacole during the Crimean War in 1857
Getty Images

I think we should all welcome this monument to a woman and a black Briton and that we should all demand that more women and more non-whites who have made significant contributions to our society be honoured in this way.

A watercolour painting of Mary Seacole (c. 1850) Source: Wikimedia Commons

A watercolour painting of Mary Seacole (c. 1850)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

southbank london.com: The Birth of a Statue: Mary Seacole Remembered

BBC News: Mary Seacole statue unveiled in London

The statue stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital MILLER HARE

The statue stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital

The Voice: Statue of ‘Great Black Briton Mary Seacole Unveiled Today

Quotes of the week:

My first quote of the week is something that I think all #histSTM historians would agree on 

Reference librarians rock. Just had to say it. – Laura J. Snyder (@LauraJSnyder)

 “Am retreating to the 17th century, when all they had was war, revolution, regicide, plague and fire” – Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb)

“Juncker: “I would like the UK to clarify its position.” Happy to oblige: no one is in charge, there is no plan, we haven’t a fucking clue” – Philip Ball (@philipcball)

“So it’s business as usual” – Thony Christie (@rmathematicus)

Icelandic Lullaby

Seems to good to be true? It is! It’s an Internet fake. h/t @HPS_Vanessa


“Perhaps this horror is at least making more Americans realize that voting is not some fucking undergraduate interpretative dance project” – Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer)

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something” – T.H. Huxley

“We study history, I have maintained, in order to attain self-knowledge“ – Collingwood h/t @GuyLongworth

“The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning, but imagination.” – Augustus de Morgan (1806-1871)

Science is mine

“I’m happy to have no faith, unless an exultation in the ‘endless forms’ of creation counts as a faith” – Richard Mabey

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ― Shirley Chisholm

“Leibniz discovered calculus by accident, while trying to prove to a friend that his birthday was on July 1st” – Jan Mieszkowski (@janmpdx)

THeory Christie

“A machine learning researcher, a crypto-currency expert, and an Erlang programmer walk into a bar. Facebook buys the bar for $27 billion” – ML Hipster (@ML_Hipster)

“GOVE is a dialect word meaning “to stare idly/vacantly; to gaze, gape, gawp” (“wild beasts of the forest came…And goved around” —Hogg, 1813)” – Stan Carey (@StanCarey)


Birthdays of the Week:

Augustus De Morgan born 27 June 1806

Augustus De Morgan. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Augustus De Morgan.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A lover of paradoxes

Yovisto: Augustus de Morgan and Formal Logic

Maria Goeppert Mayer born 28 June 1906

Maria Goeppert Mayer walking into the Nobel ceremony with King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden in 1963 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Maria Goeppert Mayer walking into the Nobel ceremony with King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden in 1963
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Maria Goeppert Mayer and the Nuclear Shell Model

AHF: Maria Goeppert-Mayer

Rembert Dodoens born 29 June 1516

Rembert Dodoens Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rembert Dodoens
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Rembert Dodoens and the Love for Botanical Science

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Of Herbs and Herbals

Amy Johnson born 1 June 1903

Amy Johnson and Jason in Jhansi, India in 1932 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Amy Johnson and Jason in Jhansi, India in 1932
Source: Wikimedia Commons

IET: Archives biographies: Amy Johnson 1903–1941

Blue Plaques: Johnson, Amy (1903–1941)

Johnson BP

Hans Bethe born 2 July 1906

Bethe's Los Alamos Laboratory ID badge Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bethe’s Los Alamos Laboratory ID badge
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Curious Wavefunction: Bethe’s Dictum: “Always work on problems for which you posses an unfair advantage”

AHF: Hans Bethe


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Yovisto: Sophie Germain and the Chladni Experiment

Indian Country: Ancient Observatory Brings Old Knowledge to New Viewers

JSTOR Daily: Where in the Solar System Is Vulcan

Perth Observatory Newsletter: Ancient Observatories: Ulugh Beg 1394–1449

Ulugh Beg

Ulugh Beg

Dannen.com: Bard Memorandum, June 27, 1945

JPL Infographics: History of Exploration: Jupiter

Culture and Cosmos: Seven Stars of Heaven Shrines on Earth: The Big Dipper and the Hie Shrine in the Medieval Period

AHF: Oppenheimer Security Hearing

Catcher: The History of Astrophotography Blog: Pietro Angelo Secchi God’s Astronomer

AHF: Bohr Letter to Churchill

Yovisto: The Annus Mirabilis in Physics – Albert Einstein and the Year 1905

Yovisto: George Ellery Hale and the Magnetic Fields in Sunspots

The Guardian: The prehistoric tombs that may have been used as ‘telescopes’

Smithsonian.com: These Ancient Tombs May Have Been Both Graves and Observatories

Forbes: Antikythera Mechanism May Have Been World’s First ‘STEM Project

Sky & Telescope: Seeing Sunspots as Early Astronomers Did

John Brigg built this solar telescope to observe and record sunspots. It's pictured in front of the Stellafane clubhouse of the Springfield Telescope Makers in Vermont. J. Briggs

John Brigg built this solar telescope to observe and record sunspots. It’s pictured in front of the Stellafane clubhouse of the Springfield Telescope Makers in Vermont.
J. Briggs

The Irish Times: Georges Lemaître: the Belgian priest who preached the Big Band

Estrellas y Borrascas: Astronomía: Mujeres entre las estrellas

The New York Times: Jupiter and its Moons

ESA: Space Science: Giotto Overview

Ptak Science Books: Details in Electricity, 1814

World Digital Library: Illustrated Explanation of the Sphere and the Astrolabe: 2 Juan, 1 Introductory Juan


HERE 360: Telling stories with maps

Detail of 3D world map without water

Detail of 3D world map without water

Yovisto: Maria Mitchell and the Comets

Ordnance Survey: Top 10 mapping moments in OS history

flickr: The Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Historical Map Collection

Memory.loc.gove: The 1562 Map of America by Diego Gutiérrez

Library of Congress: Süd-Polar-Karte


Spoons on Trays: Longitude in London

National Geographic: The Unlikely Story of the Map That Helped Create Our Nation


Thomas Morris: The amputee obstacle course

Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library: Staff Finds: The Art of Robert Latou Dickenson

Contagions: Plague Dialogues: Monica Green and Boris Schmid on Plague Phylogeny (I)

Contagions: Plague Dialogues: Monica Green and Boris Schmid on Plague Phylogeny (II)

BUI Santé: Après 270 ans d’oubli, redécouverte de l’anatomie de Van Horne, trésor du 17e s.

AHF: James F. Nolan Chief Medical Officer Los Alamos

Florence Nightingale Museum: Object of the month

This week’s mystery object from the museum’s collection store is Florence Nightingale’s foot warmer.

This week’s mystery object from the museum’s collection store is Florence Nightingale’s foot warmer.

Forbes: How Castration and Opera Changed the Skeleton of 19th Century Singer Pacchierotti

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Mangling the Dead: Dissection, Past & Present

Yovisto: Robert Ledley and the Computer Tomograph

Atlas Obscura: The Star is the Corpse

Thomas Morris: A diplomatic disaster

NYAM: Deafness as a Public Health Issue in the 1920s & 1930s (Part 1 of 2)

Ptak Science Books: Outsider Logic Department: the Fabulous Curative Necessity of Fatty Meats

Center for History of Medicine at Countway Library: BWH Unlocks Historic Hospital Reports, 1875–1979

Yovisto: Ignaz Semmelweis and the Importance of Washing Your Hands as a Doctor

Discover: Baby Cadavers Were Prized by Victorian Anatomists

A study of 54 dead babies was not all bad news.

A study of 54 dead babies was not all bad news.

Thomas Morris: The human piggy bank

Thomas Morris: The man with the wax face


Telephone Dial

Conciatore: Neri & The Portland Vase

Paleofuture: Electrocuting People Was Basically America’s Pastime in the 1920s

Ptak Science Books: Visionary Architecture and City Planning of an Industrial/Scientific Community (1842)

AHF: Vannevar Bush

Popular Mechanics: When Kodak Accidentally Discovered A-Bomb Testing

Kodak shop in the 1950s Getty Picture Post

Kodak shop in the 1950s
Getty Picture Post

Daniels Dies & Das: Leonardo im Deutchen Museum (Bonn)

Yovisto: John Gorrie and the Wonders of Air Conditioning

Ptak Science Books: The Popular Plane: Aeroplane Sheet Music Covers, 1897–1911

Hyperallergic: World’s Oldest Operating Photo Studio Closes in India

Quill and Pen: Larcum Kendall and K1: The Greatest Watchmaker and Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

Paleofuture: Doubts About the Airplane in 1909: ‘Emotion Has Run Away With Reason’

Air & Space: Ten Great Moments in Aero space History

Bell XS-1/X-1 (Credit: Eric Long)

Bell XS-1/X-1
(Credit: Eric Long)

Smithsonian.com: The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of History

Conciatore: The Material of All Enamels

Slate: Victorians’ Fears About the Ills of Modern Technology Sounded a Lot Like Ours



Yovisto: Mikhail Tsvet – the Father of Chromatography

Berfrois: Birds of the Indian Plains

History of American Women: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz

The Field Museum: Bringing Neanderthals to Life: The Sculptures of Elisabeth Daynès

Copyright Photo: E. Daynès — Reconstructions: Elisabeth Daynès Paris

Copyright Photo: E. Daynès — Reconstructions: Elisabeth Daynès Paris

Notches: Thinking Medievally: The Sexualisation Debate and Medieval Advice Literature

TSS: Bricked In: Following the trail of Alexander von Humboldt on the outskirts of Berlin

Yovisto: Leo Frobenius and German Ethnography

The Guardian: Bedroom where Charles Darwin died to be opened to the public

Nature: Dolly at 20: The inside story on the world’s most famous sheep

Teller Cloning

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Thomas Henry Huxley

Science League of America: A Couple of Zingers from Darrow

Forbes: Roman Emperor, Monster Bones, and the Early History of Fossil Hunting

Notches: ‘Every time I see a cock I go funny’, or, what regional studies bring to the history of sexuality

Yovisto: The Mysterious Tunguska Event

Forbes: The Tunguska Event: Still a Mystery After 107 Years

Yovisto: Adolf Furtwängler and Photographic Archaeology

flickr: BHL: The naturalist’s library. Conducted…

Yovisto: Sir Ferdinand von Mueller – Government Botanist

Smithsonian.com: How Roundup Ready Soybeans Rocked the Food Economy

UCL: Specimen of the Week 246: King Scallop model

The Guardian: Origin story: what does Darwin’s taste in art tell us about the scientist?

Darwin Online: Insectivorous Plants

American Museum of Natural History: Get to Know a Dino: Gastornis gigantea

A model of Velociraptor on display in Dinosaurs Among Us. © AMNH/R. Mickens

A model of Velociraptor on display in Dinosaurs Among Us.
© AMNH/R. Mickens


Yovisto: James Smithson’s Last Will

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Margaret Broderick’s Interview

Margaret Broderick

Margaret Broderick

RSC: On This Day in Chemistry July 2nd


The Recipes Project: Recipes in Space (Domestically Speaking…)

Wynken de Worde: searching for a Blazing World

Smithsonian.com: Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Lives

Smithsonian.com: The Surprising History of the Infographic

L0041105 Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

L0041105 Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

The Public Domain Review: Black on Black

Atlas Obscura: The Scottish Scoundrel Who Changed How We See Data

The Guardian: Why bad ideas refuse to die

storify: Oral History at Chemical Heritage Foundation

Academia: Infrastructure – How a Humble French Engineering Term Shaped the Modern World

The Recipes Project: Introducing Artechne – Technique in the Arts 1500– 1950

Back Channel: A Women’s History of Silicon Valley

Judy Estrin

Judy Estrin

The New Atlantis: The Optimistic Science of Leibniz

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society: Volume 2 2016 Table of Contents


AEON: Six centuries of secularism

An illuminated page from a book on alchemical processes and receipts Ymage de vie Raymundus Lullius, late 15th century. Photo courtesy Wellcome Images

An illuminated page from a book on alchemical processes and receipts Ymage de vie Raymundus Lullius, late 15th century. Photo courtesy Wellcome Images


The Atlantic: How to Write a History of Writing Software

The Guardian: Track Changes: A Literary History of Wordprocessing review –did tech change literary style?

University of Cambridge Museums: Curiosity is what museums are here to engender


Discover: Patient H.M.


Historiens de la santé: Languished Hopes: Tuberculosis, the State and International Assistance in Twentieth-century India

CRC Press: Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Henning

Cork University Press: The Booles & The Hintons: Two dynasties that helped shape the modern world


Routledge: Sir Joseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772–1820

Histories de la santé: Biologie et médecine en France et en Russie. Histoires croisées (fin XVIIIe-XXe siècle)

Historiens de la santé: Homo Criminalis. Cesare Lombroso et l’anthropologie criminelle en Italie

Harvard University Press: The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History


Science Museum: Wounded From shell shock to PTSD

Science Museum: Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care 29 June 2016–1r January 2018

Prague Daily Monitor: Unique Malta Siege maps displayed at Prague Science Faculty

PRN Magazine: The Morbid Anatomy Museum


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 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

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 

CLOSING SOON: National Gallery Of Ireland Dublin: Ten Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci From the Royal Collections runs till 17 July 2016 




Space.com: Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Highlights History of the Cosmos

New Line Theatre: Atomic 2-25 June 2016

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


Down House: Meet the Darwins 26–30 July 2016

Museum of Science and Industry Manchester: Engine Demonstration

Museum of the History of Science: Globe-makers 9 July 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

Admundson Lecture

Discover Medical London: Walking Tour: Medicine at War

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


French tapestry from the early 16th century depicting muse Astronomia consulting with an astronomer, possibly Ptolemy.

French tapestry from the early 16th century depicting muse Astronomia consulting with an astronomer, possibly Ptolemy.




Youtube: AHF: Operation Hardtack I: Oak Shot

MIT School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences: The Scientist as Storyteller

Museo Galileo: Lens-Making

Youtube: Climate Change, Chaos, and the Little Ice Age

Youtube: Royal Society: Who Really Invented the Light Bulb? – Objectivity #75


New Book Network: Greg Jenner: A Million Years in a Day

Philosophie et Biologie: Nietzche’s Notion of Health

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 088: Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing

Canada Science and Technology Museum: Science Alive Episode 10: Canada’s First Car


Birkbeck University of London: Thomas Harriot Seminar 2016 11 July

Eä: A workshop in Rio to debate about the challenges facing interdisciplinary journals

Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin: Workshop: Sharing of Medical Ideas and Information Among Early Modern Practitioners 2 August 2016

Université François Rabelais, Tours: Appel à communications: Représentations et figures de la maternité dans le monde anglophone 3 au 5 avril 2017

JOURNÉES D’ÉTUDES: Appel à communicatio: « Petites mains » d’artistes dans les pratiques scientifiques

BSHS: IUHPST essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science Deadline 30 September 2016

BSHS: Museum of the History of Science Upcoming Free Lecture Series

Université de Strasbourg: Appel à symposia: 6ème Congrès de la Société française d’histoire des sciences et des techniques (SFHST) 19-20-21 avril 2017

Birkbeck University of London: CfP: Gender and Pain in Modern History 24–25 March 2017

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

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 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


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

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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

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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

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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


NYAM: 2017 Research Fellowships

UCL: STS: Vacancies

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science: Call for Book Reviewers

Max Planck Society/Technische Universität Berlin: Research Group Leader

UCL: Teaching Fellow in History of Medicine

King’s College London: Senior Postdoc Research Fellow / Postdoc Research Fellow: Renaissance Skin

Natural History Museum: Curator, Petrology

UCL: Teaching Fellow in Science Communication

BSHS: Master’s Degree Bursaries

Illinois Institute of Technology: Calamos Endowed Chair in Philosophy

Society for Applied Philosophy UK: Doctoral Scholarships 2016–2017 Deadline 18 July 2016




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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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