Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #48

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 #48

Monday 11 July 2016


The wheel of life turns, the beginning of the week comes round again and with it the latest edition of Whewell’s Gazette, the weekly #histSTM links list, bringing you all the histories of science, technology and medicine thrown up on the shores of cyberspace over the last seven days.

One of the posts listed this week under Earth and Life Sciences has the title Alfred Wallace Co-Discovered Evolution, But You’ve Never Heard of Him, now this is not an old post recycled here for your entertainment but one posted on 8 July 2016 on the website Curiosity an Internet presence of The New York Times. Why am I going into so much detail about when and where this article appeared? Quite simply because if you are in anyway interested in the history of biology or the theory of evolution and you have never heard of Alfred Russel Wallace then you have been living under a stone for the last ten years.

Unfortunately this phenomenon of publishing ‘you’ve never heard of him/her/them’ articles about figures who have figured extremely large in #histSTM over, shall we say, the last ten years is not restricted to Alfred Russel Wallace; Alan Turing, Lise Meitner, Rosalind Franklin are names that immediately spring to mind from a list that grows from year to year.

Even if the #histSTM figure you are writing about is veiled in the mists of obscurity and genuinely deserves to be better known, I personally think you should resist the desire to use the clichéd, click bait title ‘you’ve never heard of…’ and make the effort to think of an original and more appropriate title for your piece. If however you feel the necessity to write the thirty-seventh article this month about how Rosalind Franklin was cheated out of her rightful recognitions for the discovery of DNA or the twenty-fifth article since Easter about how Alan Turing invented the computer then please, please don’t think that you are saying anything that hasn’t been said all too many times already and don’t whatever you do title it ‘you’ve never heard of…’!

If you wish to write about these people then find a fresh new aspect of their life and work to write about, there are still some out there, and give your work an interesting original and fitting title. Having done so you will have made a genuine contribution to the pool of Internet #histSTM knowledge and saved the world from yet another hackneyed cliché.

I think it would be for the best if we all agreed to ban ‘you’ve never heard of…’ to some dark and distant impenetrable corner of cyberspace to wither, fester and die a highly deserved death.

Quotes of the week:

“Is it really “Newtonian science” that helps us to navigate around the solar system or just the bits we find useful?” – Peter Broks (@peterbroks)

“Short rant: “the Victorians” were not a homogeneous group with matching values, beliefs, and cultural attitudes” – Jennifer Wallis (@harbottlestores)

“Historian isn’t just a profession, it’s a life” – Kean History Dept. (@KeanHistory)

“Historians will always get the last word” – Kean History Dept. (@KeanHistory)

Writer's block

“The history of science records the discovery of things assumed the same being different, and of things assumed different being the same” – Liam Heneghan (@DublinSoil)

Juno: “Hey this is really great! So how long before I’m done science and I come home?”

NASA: “Um, well…”

Curiosity: “I TOLD YOU!” – Alex Parker (@Alex_Parker)

“Technology is the active human interface with the material world” – Ursula K Leguin h/t @dubroy

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” ― James Baldwin h/t @berfrois

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“I don’t understand how it’s undemocratic to challenge the result of a non-binding referendum that, if carried out, would destroy the country” – (@gimpyblog)

“I feel I sound unhinged and unprofessional reminding folks that history, not emotion, has cautioned us not to blindly trust our government” – Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux)

JD Bernal anticipates Hasok Chang: “One of the advantages which we now gain by studying the life and work of past scientists is the number of unworked-out suggestions which they contain, pregnant for future development. This means a large part of their work was wasted in their own time, not because they could not have developed any of these points taken one by one, but because it was not physically possible to develop them all themselves, and they lacked sufficient schools of co-workers capable of taking them up.” h/t @GWilliamThomas

“Life: carbon acting erratically” – Liam Heneghan (@DublinSoil)

Birthdays of the Week:

 Nettie Stevens born 7 July 1861 

Nettie Maria Stevens (July 7, 1861 - May 4, 1912), early American geneticist Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nettie Maria Stevens (July 7, 1861 – May 4, 1912), early American geneticist
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Vox science & health: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s

The Embryo Project: Studies in Spermatogenesis (1905), by Nettie Maria Stevens

Google Nettie Stevens Doodle

Google Nettie Stevens Doodle

The Embryo Project: The Y-Chromosome in Animals

Nettie Stevens's microscope, Bryn Mawr College. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Nettie Stevens’s microscope, Bryn Mawr College.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dolly the sheep born 5 July 1996

 Dolly 3

The H-Word: Dolly the celebrity sheep: a short biography

Dolly 2

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


New Scientist: The clone that changed my life: 20 years after Dolly the sheep

Henrietta Swan Leavitt born 4 July 1868

Henrietta Swan Leavitt working at her desk in the Harvard College Observatory Source: Wikimedia Commons

Henrietta Swan Leavitt working at her desk in the Harvard College Observatory
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the Light of the Cepheids



Joseph Marie Jacquard born 7 July 1752

This portrait of Jacquard was woven in silk on a Jacquard loom and required 24,000 punched cards to create (1839). It was only produced to order. One of these portraits in the possession of Charles Babbage inspired him in using perforated cards in his analytical engine. It is in the collection of the Science Museum in London, England. Source: Wikimedia Commons

This portrait of Jacquard was woven in silk on a Jacquard loom and required 24,000 punched cards to create (1839). It was only produced to order. One of these portraits in the possession of Charles Babbage inspired him in using perforated cards in his analytical engine. It is in the collection of the Science Museum in London, England.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yovisto: Joseph Marie Jacquard and the Programmable Loom

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Weaving the computer age


Yovisto: The Sky Disc of Nebra

Yovisto: The Supernova of 1054

Yovisto: Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Yovisto: Giovanni Schiaparelli and the Martian Canals

History of Geology: The Earth-like Mars

The (in-)famous Martian canals/channels, according to Schiaparelli, from Flammarion (1892): “La Planéte Mars” (image in public domain).

The (in-)famous Martian canals/channels, according to Schiaparelli, from Flammarion (1892): “La Planéte Mars” (image in public domain).

Dannen.com: Groves Seeks Evidence against Szilard, July 4, 1945

Dannen.com: Szilard petition, cover letter, July 4, 1945

The New York Times: A Space Pioneer, 79, Is Ready to Track Juno for NASA

Bonhams: Space History

Yovisto: Macquorn Rankine and the Laws of Thermodynamics

maia.usno.navy.mil: The Contributions of Women to the United States Naval Observatory: The Early Years: Mrs Isabel Martin Lewis

Mrs. Isabel Martin Lewis

Mrs. Isabel Martin Lewis

Academia: The cosmographer’s role in the sixteenth century: A preliminary study

Atlas Obscura: See Retro Space Mission Patches Worn by Cosmonauts

ESA: History of Europe in Space: ERSO’s First Sounding Rockets

Yovisto: Rudolf Wolf and the Sunspots

British Library: Asian and African studies blog: Jai Singh’s Observatories

Sky & Telescope: Old Radio Telescope Restored for New Uses

npr: A Fitting Tribute for a Stargazing Love: A Trip to the Moon

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Goddess, her husband and his lovers

Montage of Jupiter's four Galilean moons, in a composite image depicting part of Jupiter and their relative sizes (positions are illustrative, not actual). From top to bottom: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Montage of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, in a composite image depicting part of Jupiter and their relative sizes (positions are illustrative, not actual). From top to bottom: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

National Trust for Historical Preservation: Secret Cities: Manhattan Project National Historical Park preserves the classified sites where the Atomic Age dawned

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Orbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of Earth’s Borderlands 1957–1985

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Locke and the Newtonian Achievement

AHF: John Wheeler

Quanta Magazine: How Feynman Diagrams Almost Saved Space

AHF: Owen Chamberlain


The Map Room: Has the Ricci Map Been Altered

Part of Mateo Ricci's 1602 World Map

Part of Mateo Ricci’s 1602 World Map

Antique Prints Blog: George Pocock and his inflatable globes

The Paris Review: Three Geographers

Library of Congress: Maps: Charts of limits of seas and oceans


Yovisto: Vasco da Gama and the Route to India

Royal Museums Greenwich: William Edward Parry final North-West Passage expeditions 1821–25

Royal Museums of Greenwich: Anniversary of the Longitude Act – what was it?


Diagram of the human brain. – Joe Heenan (@joeheenan)

Diagram of the human brain. – Joe Heenan (@joeheenan)

 Bulletin d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences de la vie: 2016/ 1 (vol. 23) ToC

Social History of Medicine: A free virtual issue of Social History of Medicine Table of Contents

Ptak Science Books: The Daily Addict: Feeding Drug Addictions in 1937

Thomas Morris: Like an elastic ball

Teaching watercolor of bone and tissue: The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Teaching watercolor of bone and tissue: The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: New Digitisation project: the history of Scotland’s eighteenth century dispensary

AHF: Rosemary Lane: Head Nurse – Emergency Room Oak Ridge TN

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Risky Business for Treating Tuberculosis

Ptak Science Books: On Curing the Disability and Disease of Left-Handedness (1935)

The Recipes Project: Once It Proved Effective for Noble Men and Women

Notches: Resisting the Virus of Prejudice: Sex Workers Fight the AIDS Panic

Yovisto: Camillo Golgi and the Gogli Apparatus

Camillo Golgi

Camillo Golgi

Nursing Clio: Blood and Tears in Orlando

Thomas Morris: A fork up the anus

Asclepius: International Journal of History and Philosophy of Medicine Vol. 5-6 2015–2016 Table of Contents

The Guardian: Toxic legacy: a brief history of poison remedies

Centre of Regenerative Medicine: Stem cells and regenerative medicine: A History of Stem Cells

The Recipes Project: Transmission of Drug Knowledge in Medieval China: A Case of Gelsemium

Thomas Morris: The port-wine enema

Yovisto: Alfred Binet and the Intelligence Test

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: Medicine and Surgery at the Battle of Waterloo

Lithographic print of Jean Dominique Larrey by Grégoire et Deneux, Paris, early 19th cent.

Lithographic print of Jean Dominique Larrey by Grégoire et Deneux, Paris, early 19th cent.

NHPR: What Did Nearsighted Humans Do Before Glasses?

Social History of Medicine: May 2016: Focus on managing Mental Disorder

Big Picture: The History of Vaccination

Thomas Morris: Wrapped in a dead sheep

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

Thomas Morris: Centipedes in your bacon

Atlas Obscura: The Man-Made Gut Stones Once Used to Thwart Assassination Attempts

New Scientist: Antibiotic resistance discovered in the guts of ancient mummies

Thomas Morris: Death by cucumber


Yovisto: Jean-Pierre Blanchard crossed the English Channel in a Balloon

Google Arts & Culture: Strasburg Clock model

Yovisto: The RMS Britannia and the Transatlantic Postal Service

Yovisto: Rube Goldberg’s complicated Machines

Thurgaton History: The largest clock in the county?


Ptak Science Books: Robot Roundup: Edenless Eve (1927) 6 the Great Texas Robot (1936)

Ptak Science Books: “A Most Delicate Monster” – the “alpha” Robot of 1932

David Buckley: A Steam Man

Conciatore: Vitrum Flexile

Electrifying the country house: Guest Post: Electrifying the Irish Country House – Cillian Lalor

Yovisto: The Birth of the Transistor

Forbes: The Physics of Ancient Roman Architecture

Royal Museums Greenwich: Tonkin’s Diving Machine and the wreck of the ‘Earl of Abergavenny’


AHF: Computing and the Manhattan Project

Yovisto: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his Dirigible Airships

Smithsonian.com: Six of History’s Smartest, Weirdest and Most Interesting Inventions for Beating the Heat

Historical Firearms: John Browning’s Gas-Operated Pistol

Royal Collection Trust: Astronomical Clock 1683-90


Ptak Science Books: Pistol- and Rifle-Cameras, 1884

Journal of Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh: ‘…to whom it will be extremly Usefull.’ Dr William Cullen’s adoption of James Watt’s copying machine


Forbes: How Geologists Determined the Way that Mountains Formed

University of Glasgow Library: Theophilus Johnson and the art of self publishing

esri: Alexander von Humboldt’s Whole Earth Vision

Museums Wales: Early herbals – The German fathers of botany

American Museum of Natural History: The Bald Eagle


Yovisto: Vincent Joseph Schaefer and the Cloud Seeding

Wikimedia Commons: East Han Seismograph

Notches: Histories of Sexuality and the Carceral State – Part 2

Yovisto: A. E. Douglass and the Dendrochronology

JSTOR Daily: The Solar Origins of Dendrochronology

Yovisto: Robert Fitzroy – From Darwin’s famous voyage to Meteorology

Yovisto: Rudolf Albert von Kölliker and the Origins of Embriology

Linda Hall Library: Scientist of the Day – Alexander Wilson


Geschichte der Geologie: Geschichte geologischer Begriffe: Geosynklinale

L.A. Times: The ‘Holy Grail’ for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed

NOAA: Fence Offset Produced by 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Atlas Obscura: The 1913 ‘nature Man’ Whose Survivalist Stunts Were Not What They Seemed

The Huffington Post: Welcome to the Library Hiding in a Garden in New York City

Museums Heritage: Science Museum acquires Georgian clock used in world’s first urban climate studies

American Museum of Natural History: Fossil Reveals Ostrich Relatives Once Lived in North America

Curiosity: Alfred Wallace Co-Discovered Evolution, But You’ve Never Heard of Him

Poole High Street Project: Wallace – Collector and Scientist


Hydrarchos: Meeting Hydrarchos in Person(s)

LA Weekly: Why Study Extinct Animals? Two Paleontologists Explain Their “Sexy Medium”

Niche: Telling the Stories Staples Tell: Visualizing Data and a Call for Contributions



Brain Pickings: How Chemistry Works: Gorgeous Vintage Science Diagrams, 1854



Electrifying the country house: Downloads

The Society for the History of Natural History: SHNH announces its awards and welcomes new Council Members

BSHS: 10 Amazing Stories: BSHS June Edition

CHF: Independence Day Closure and New Museum Hours

Historiography of Science: Updated Website Link

Atlas Obscura: The World’s Oldest Library Has Reopened

CHF: The Beckman Center, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 class of Fellows

Conciatore: Montpellier

Montpellier, France, in the seventeenth century. (Attribution unknown)

Montpellier, France, in the seventeenth century.
(Attribution unknown)

Conciatore: San Giusto alle Mura

The New York Times: Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch

Forbes: Yes, New York Times, There Is a Scientific Method

OUP Blog: Philosopher of the month: Hypathia

Early Modern Women: Lives, Texts, Objects: Cavendish and Deshoulières: Women and Philosophy

The White Horse Press: Articles forthcoming in future issues of Environment and History

Hyperallergic: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Modernist Data Visualisations of Black Life

JHI Blog: Fortune. Failure. Fetish. Fest: Aby Warburg’s Glorious Nachleben

The #EnvHist Weekly

Blink: Saint in the tiger’s shadow: A stillborn science during India’s war for Independence

Wellcome: New galleries open at National Museum of Scotland


Forbidden Histories: William James and the American Society for Psychical Research, 1884–9

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Masons and Manuscripts

The tower of Babel being built by masons, from the Egerton Genesis Picture Book, England, c. 1350-1375, Egerton MS 1894, f. 5v

The tower of Babel being built by masons, from the Egerton Genesis Picture Book, England, c. 1350-1375, Egerton MS 1894, f. 5v

MIT Libraries: News & Evens: The human touch: What a 17th century alchemy text can teach us about good medicine


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

Richard Carter: ‘Humanism’ by Stephen Law

Physics Today: The Human Side of Science: Edson and Tesla, Watson and Crick, and Other Personal Stories behind Science’s Big Ideas

Niche: Review of Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise?

H-Environment: Dunaway, ‘seeing Green’, Roundtable Review, Vol. 6, No. 6

Popular Science: Information Theory: a tutorial introduction

Chemistry World: The mysterious world of the human genome


Academia: Recension « Anne Roekens (dir.), Des murs et des femmes. Cent ans de psychiatrie et d’espoir au Beau-Vallon, Presses universitaires de Namur, 2014 »

Waterstones: The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Guardian: John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr

Forbes: Cosmology, God, and Why the Big Picture Needs to Be Bigger


Springer: Early Geological Maps of Europe: Central Europe 1750 to 1840 eBook

Septentrion: Le corps sans limites

Historiens de la santé: The General: A History of the Montreal General Hospital 

Historiens de la santé: Angelo Mariani 1838-1914 : Le vin de coca et la naissance de la publicité moderne

SEUIL: L’Invention de la science La nouvelle religion de l’âge industriel

Pen & Sword Books: Bodysnatchers


Society for the History of Medicine: Book Series


Hektoen International: The Gross Clinic as religious painting: Eakins, affect, and anatomy

The Walters Museum: Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling 25 June–18 September 2016

The Holburne Museum: Stubbs and the Wild

George Stubbs A Lion and a Lioness 1778 Enamel on Wedgwood ceramic  The Daniel Katz Gallery London

George Stubbs A Lion and a Lioness 1778 Enamel on Wedgwood ceramic
The Daniel Katz Gallery London

Linda Hall Library: Drawn from Nature: Art, Science, and the Invention of the Bird Field Guide 12 March–10 September 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude 5 May–30 October 2016

La Jolla Light: ‘Art meets Maps’ at La Jolla Map Museum’s new exhibit

BBC News: Somme centenary: WWI ambulance trains exhibition opens

Warminster School: Cracking the Code at Bletchley

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

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

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 

Horsham Museum: Dinosaurs of Horsham – Art, Reality and Fun 9 July–5 September 2016


SFGate: Doc resurrects weird 20th century con man

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 07 January 2017

The Regal Theatre: The Trials of Galileo International Tour March 2014­–December 2017

Swan Theatre: Doctor Faustus 7 March–4 August 2016


Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge: Presentation on Manhattan Project 14 July 2016

The National Museum of Computing: Summer Bytes 30 July–28 August 2016

Royal College of Nursing: The Krypton(ish) Factor: A history of nursing gameshow with a twist 28 July 2016

Down House: Meet the Darwins 26–30 July 2016

Museum of Science and Industry Manchester: Engine Demonstration

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

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)

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 

Royal College of Physicians: Medicinal plant lecture: When Britain ruled the waves 18 July 2016

Discover Medical London: Tour: Who needs doctors anyway?


A folio from the Akhlaq-i Nasiri, a philosophical treatise written by the Iranian polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi (1201-1274)

A folio from the Akhlaq-i Nasiri, a philosophical treatise written by the Iranian polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi (1201-1274)



Rohit Gupta aka CompassWalla @APOGEE 2016: Mathematics as Religion


Youtube: Rohit Gupta aka CompassWalla @APOGEE 2016: Mathematics as Religion

Youtube: Wellcome Collection: Tobacco resuscitation kit

Youtube: The British Museum: The Rolls-Royce of Renaissance clocks

Youtube: Cambridge University: Kepler’s Trial: An Opera


Here & Now: Remembering Great Moments in Science History

New Books Network: On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category between 1670 and 1820

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: The Invention of Photography


The Lowry, Salford Quays: Discovering Collections Discovering Communities 10–12 October 2016

Universidade de Évora (Portugal): Évora’s 7th Symposium on Philosophy and History of Science and Technology 4–5 November 2016

HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies: CfP: Issue 32, April 2017: Beyond Toleration? Inconsistency and Pluralism in the Empirical Sciences

Centre de Russie pour la Science et la Culture, Paris: Appel à communications: “L’Homme dans le monde de l’incertitude. Méthodologie de la cognition culturelle et historique”. Colloque international pour le 120e anniversaire de la naissance de Lev Vygotsky 13 octobre 2016

University of Glasgow: CfP: Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures 3–4 April 2017

Villa Vigoni (Italy): Pseudo-Paracelsus: Alchemy and Forgery in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy 25-28 July 2016

IUHPST: Call for entries: IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science “What is the value of philosophy of science for history of science?” Deadline 30 November 2016

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: 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

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

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’

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.

H-Pennsylvania: Philip J. Pauly Book Prise Nominations Sought for Histories of Science in the Americas

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

Hist Geo ConfAnnals 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.

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

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


Bourse de maîtrise/ doctorat en histoire du nursing psychiatrique au Québec: Appel à candidatures

Deutsches Museum in Munich: Scholarships 2017 Deadline 14 October 2016

King’s College London: Renaissance Skin: Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The IET Archives Centre, Savoy Hill House, London: Assistant Archivist (maternity cover)

University of Luxembourg: PhD position – History of psychiatry and Digital history

Observatoire de Paris: History of ancient and medieval mathematical astronomy: A 1-year post doc position

University of Utrecht: Postdoc position in ancient medicine and philosophy: “The Unity of Galen’s Physiology”






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3 Responses to Whewell’s Gazette: Year 2, Vol. #48

  1. Yes, you are correct in saying “…if you are in anyway interested in the history of biology or the theory of evolution and you have never heard of Alfred Russel Wallace then you have been living under a stone for the last ten years.” However, it is almost certainly true that a much lower proportion of the ‘general public’ (i.e. most readers of “The New York Times”) have probably heard of Darwin, but not Wallace.

    • thonyc says:

      For which there is a very good reason, Darwin having, as even Wallace acknowledged, done far more to establish the theory of evolution by natural selection than Wallace had. However I think that anybody in the education system today discussing the theory mentions both Darwin and Wallace.

  2. Hmmm – Darwin certainly did more, but Wallace comes a close second. Certainly no other biologist who has ever existed, apart from Darwin, did as much as Wallace in defending and elaborating the theory of natural selection. In some key areas (e.g. modes of speciation), Wallace came closer to the truth than Darwin. So, in my opinion there is no “very good reason” that Darwin is so much more lauded than Wallace. Actually, I supposed there IS a very good reason – and that is that historians and others have tended to focus on Darwin to the exclusion of everyone else – meaning that Darwin gets even more of the credit than he deserves!

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