Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #32

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #32

Monday 26 January 2015

EDITORIAL:

Welcome dear readers to the thirty second edition of the Internet’s finest #histSTM weekly links list Whewell’s Gazette. The year 2015 is the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first ever geological map of an entire country by the surveyor and amateur geologist William Smith (1769–1839). Smith work for various mining companies and he realised that different geological strata were characterised by the fossils to be found in them, an important discovery in the history of geological dating. Given the importance of his work and the bicentenary of his map this edition of Whewell’s gazette id dedicated to William ‘Strata’ Smith.

 

Smith's famous 1815 geological map of part of Great Britain Source: Wikimedia Commons

Smith’s famous 1815 geological map of part of Great Britain
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Combe Down Heritage Society: William Smith Project

The Geological Society: The William Smith Map Bicentenary (1815–2015)

D News: 200-Year-Old Map Changed How We See the World

Ars Technica: Scientific Method/Science & Exploration: The first major geological map turns 200

The Washington Post: This beautiful map traces North America’s geological history

Quotes of the week:

“It’s never too late to procrastinate” @DublinSoil

“If there is one history of science show or book you must get acquainted with; it is “The Ascent of Man” by Jacob Bronowski. Please do it.” @fadesingh

Birthdays of the week:

Simon Marius born 20 January (ns) (10 January os) 1573

Simon Marius portrait from Mundus Iovialis 1614 Source:Wikimedia Commons

Simon Marius portrait from Mundus Iovialis 1614
Source:Wikimedia Commons

Simon Marius Portal

Yovisto: Simon Marius and his Astronomical Discoveries

Robert Boyle born 25 January 1627

Johann Kerseboom - Chemical Heritage Foundation, Photograph by Will Brown.

Johann Kerseboom – Chemical Heritage Foundation, Photograph by Will Brown.

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: The formation of Boyle’s experimental philosophy

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Robert Boyle

Wallifaction: Happy Birthday to Robert Boyle!

The Royal Society: The Repository: What Scientists Want: Robert Boyle’s to-do list

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Experimental philosophy and Religion

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Chronologia Universalis: In the year 252525…, or: How to bore your opponent to death

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The specialist in causing pain

Ptak Science Books: The Dots Between the Sun and the Stars

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Innovation Through Teamwork

Astrolabes and Stuff: Precision and accuracy in medieval astronomy

Slate Vault: Beguiling 19th-Century Space Art, Made by a Self-Taught Astronomical Observer

"Aurora Borealis. As observed March 1, 1872, at 9 h 25m P.M.” E.L. Trouvelot, 1881–82.

“Aurora Borealis. As observed March 1, 1872, at 9 h 25m P.M.” E.L. Trouvelot, 1881–82.

Yovisto: Pierre Gassendi and his Trials to reconcile Epicurean atomism with Christianity

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Harold Fidler’s Interview

Space Watchtower: Part of Historic Westinghouse Van de Graaff ‘Atom Smasher’ Preserved

National Post: Incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe almost lost to the black market

Atlas Obscura: Essential Guide: Ruins of Space Exploration

Scientific American; Cross-Check: Did Edgar Allen Poe Foresee Modern Physics and Cosmology?

Atomic Heritage Foundation: University of California, Berkeley

The Conversation: Let there be light! Celebrating the theory of electromagnetism

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

British Library: Maps and views blog: Fruits of Espionage in the K.Top

The Soft, Warm, Wet Technology of Native Oceania (pdf)

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Raemer Schreiber’s Interview

Medievalist.net: A 16th century view of North America in the Vallard Atlas

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MEDICINE:

NYAM: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

BetaBoston: Leech bleedings and weather reports: Inside the first issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

Diseases of Modern Life: ‘Pearls before swine’ or heavenly messengers? The work of the Victorian Flower Missions

Robert Gavin, The Flower Mission

Robert Gavin, The Flower Mission

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: Surgeons’ Hall Museum: Object of the Week: Knuckle Duster

Medievalist.net: Toxicology and Treatment: Medical Authorities and Snake-bite in the Middle Ages

Morbid Anatomy: The Curiously Anatomized Bodies of John Ardene

History Today: The Dreaded Sweat: the Other Medieval Epidemic

Royal College of Physicians: The new light

The Guardian: Death in the city: the grisly secrets of dealing with Victorian London’s dead

The Quack Doctor: ‘Eat! Eat! Eat!’ Those notorious tapeworm diet pills

Taenia saginata Internal-medicine a work for the practicing physician on diagnosis and treatment 1920

Taenia saginata Internal-medicine a work for the practicing physician on diagnosis and treatment 1920

CHEMISTRY:

Mirror: Six ridiculously dangerous science experiments from kid’s old chemistry sets

Chemistry Blog: 23 Million Times Slower than Molasses

Pitch Drop

Pitch Drop

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Synapse: 125,660 Specimens of Natural History

Embryo Project: “A Plant Genetically Modified that Accumulates Pb Is Especially Promising for Phytoremediation” (2003)

Horniman Museum: Bookblitz: Early Entomology

The monochrome images in 'Johannes Godartius of Insects' (published 1682) were printed from careful copper etchings made by a 'Mr F Pl'.

The monochrome images in ‘Johannes Godartius of Insects’ (published 1682) were printed from careful copper etchings made by a ‘Mr F Pl’.

Embryo Project: Edwin Stephen Goodrich (1868–1946)

Letters from Gondwana: The Great Acceleration

Audra J. Wolfe: Bentley Glass Project

Wired: Fantastically Wrong: The Silly Theory That Almost Kept Darwin From Going on His Famous Voyage (Read comment by @friendsofdarwin!)

National Geographic: Phenomena: Laelaps: How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino

TrowelBlazers: Audrey Williams: Trowelblazing the Temple of Mithras

TwilightBeasts: Joseph Leidy’s atrocious baby

American lion reconstruction by Sergiodlarosa via Wikimedia Commons

American lion reconstruction by Sergiodlarosa via Wikimedia Commons

Embryo Project: Paul Kammerer’s Experiments on Salamanders (1903-1912)

Slate Vault: The Documents That Trapped Poor Southern Farmers in a Dangerous Form of Debt

Embryo Project: Theodora (Theo) Emily Colborn (1927-2014)

BBC Earth: The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth’s History

Notches: Heterosexuality and Americanisation: “Social Education” for Immigrant Youth in the 1920s

Yovisto: Andrija Mohorovičić and the Mohorovičić Discontinuity

The Guardian: The secret history of same-sex marriage

The Friends of Charles Darwin: Charles Darwin on the family tree of languages

The Guardian: A language family tree – in pictures

Minna Sundberg

Minna Sundberg

Big History Project: Chapter 3 LIFE

Renaissance Utterances: Dresden Conference: Chimeric Blobs, biological art or where I go off script

TECHNOLOGY:

Atlas Obscura: Objects of Intrigue: The Infernal Machine

Collectors Weekly: Flipping Out Over Handheld Movies, a Century Before Smartphones

Yovisto: John Fitch and the Steam Boat

Motherboard: Happy Birthday to the Cold War’s Most Eerie Technology: The ‘Atom Sub’

My Medieval Foundry: Bronze casting at the Experimental Archaeology Conference

Wired: These Priests’ Invention Could Help Us Drill Into Icy Alien Worlds Someday

Northwest Public Radio: Beware of Japanese Balloon Bombs

BBC: Goldsworthy Gurney: Inventor took hot air out of parliament

People on board Sir Goldsworthy's steam carriage on its journey from London to Bath in 1827

People on board Sir Goldsworthy’s steam carriage on its journey from London to Bath in 1827

Smithsonian.com: Exploring the Titanic of the Ancient World

Amazing Women in History: Sarah Guppy, Eclectic English Inventor

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

SuperScholar: Paul Halpern Interview

Renaissance Utterances: Dresden Conference: Part One Cabinets of Curiosity/Wunderkammern/Kunstkammern

British Library: Help For Researchers: Concise History of the British Newspaper in the Seventeenth Century

Ships, Clocks and Stars Visitors Survey

Washington Post: Crowdfunding propels scientific research

Fiction Reboot: Daily Dose: MedHum Monday Presents: The Power of Story

Atlas Obscura: Collegium Maius

Collegium Maius Photo by Andreas Welch on Flickr | Copyright: Creative Commons

Collegium Maius
Photo by Andreas Welch on Flickr | Copyright: Creative Commons

The Guardian: How Britain’s world war spirit benefited science

The apparatus used by Robert Watson-Watt in 1935 to demonstrate radar technology. Photograph: Jennie Hills/Science Museum

The apparatus used by Robert Watson-Watt in 1935 to demonstrate radar technology. Photograph: Jennie Hills/Science Museum

Science Museum: Churchill’s Scientists

Wired: Exhibition reveals Churchill’s secret love of science

Inside the Science Museum: Celebrating Churchill’s Scientists with Sir Winston’s great-grandson

CBC News: Winston Churchill’s love of science helped Britain in WWII

The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook

News.com.au: Code-breaker Alan Turing’s notes will be auctioned

AEON: Trick of the Eye: Optical illusion such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what o trust. What can they teach us today?

Two Temple Place: Exhibition: Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West 31 January-19 April 2015

JHI Blog: The Gay Past and the Intellectual Historian

Curie: In the business of looking to the past

The Sloane Letters Blog: A Most Dangerous Rivalry

BSHS Travel Guide

Communiqué No. 88, Summer 2014: Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

Boston Review; The Virtue of Scientific Thinking by Steven Shapin

Recipes Project: Translating Recipes 7: Recipes in Time and Space, Part 1

Recipes Project: Translating Recipes 7: Recipes in Time and Space, Part 2 – WITH

Renaissance Utterances: Dresden Conference: Wildgoose Memorial Library

HUB: Johns Hopkins adds new interdisciplinary major: Medicine, science, and humanities

THE: The rise of the medical humanities

Design Week: Revelations: an exhibition of scientific discovery

Ether Wave Propaganda: Wakefield’s Nightmare, Pt. 1: The Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution Chain

Wikimedia Blog: Wellcome Library donates 100, 00 medical images to Wikimedia Commons

Dr Alun Withey: Fart Catchers and Duck F***ers! The World of 18th-century slang

The Royal Institution: A fond farewell

The #EnvHist Weekly

Crux: Priest-scientists are at the crossroads of faith and reason

ESOTERIC:

Conciatore: The Kabbalah Reprise

Kabbalistic Sephiroth Tree, from Portae Lucis, Paulus Ricius (Trans.) Augsburg, 1516.

Kabbalistic Sephiroth Tree,
from Portae Lucis, Paulus Ricius (Trans.)
Augsburg, 1516.

History of Alchemy: Archimastry – Giovanni Panteo

BOOK REVIEWS:

George Campbell Gosling: Healthcare: Private and Public from the Early Modern Period to 2000

Science Book a Day: In The Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

SomeBeans: Sextant by David Barrie

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Lost at Home: Istan Hargittai: Buried Glory: Portraits of Soviet Scientists

Portrait of Soviet scientists Petr Kapitza (left) and Nikolai Semenov by Russian painter Boris Kustodiev (1921). Both scientists were later awarded Nobel Prizes, Semenov for chemistry in 1956 and Kapitza for physics in 1978

Portrait of Soviet scientists Petr Kapitza (left) and Nikolai Semenov by Russian painter Boris Kustodiev (1921). Both scientists were later awarded Nobel Prizes, Semenov for chemistry in 1956 and Kapitza for physics in 1978

Science Book a Day: 10 Great History of (European) Science Books and more

Somatosphere: Daniel P. Todes’ Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science

Publishers Weekly: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

NEW BOOKS:

The MIT Press: H.G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism

Conciatore: Conciatore: The Life and Times of 17th Century Glassmaker Antonio Neri: An Excerpt

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The University of Chicago Press: Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud

THEATRE:

The Guardian: Oppenheimer five-star review – father of atomic bomb becomes tragic hero at RSC

Intoxicating excitement' … John Heffernan as Robert Oppenheimer and Ben Allen as Edward Teller in Oppenheimer at Stratford. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Intoxicating excitement’ … John Heffernan as Robert Oppenheimer and Ben Allen as Edward Teller in Oppenheimer at Stratford. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

The Telegraph: Oppenheimer, RSC Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: ‘a dazzling spectacle’

The Independent: Oppenheimer, RSC Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: Immaculately acted

homunculus: Are you ready? Then I’ll begin…

FILM:

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

How To Make A Scientific Revolution: Lessons From 3000 Years of History @fadesingh

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Scientists You Must Know: Robert Gore Discovers ePTFE

Laughing Squid: Tom Scott Describes the British Rail Flying Saucer, A Scientifically Improbable Spacecraft Design

Youtube: Under The Knife: Episode 5 – Human Skin Books

RADIO:

Free Thinking: BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Dick Mills, BBC Radiophonic Workshop reunion live at the Roundhouse in 2009. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dick Mills, BBC Radiophonic Workshop reunion live at the Roundhouse in 2009.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

BBC: A History of Ideas: Simon Schaffer on Humans, Apes and Carl Linnaeus

BBC Radio 3: The Essay: Sir Paul Nurse on Conjectures and Refutations

PODCASTS:

CIGI: Webcast: Discovering the Erebus: Mysteries of the Franklin Voyage Revealed 3 February 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Department of History and Philosophy of Science University of Cambridge: History of Medicine Seminars Lent Term 2015

MPIHS Berlin: Technical Art History: 26 January Erma Hermens: Technical Art History and Materials as Markers, a 16th-Century Material Travel Log

London Medieval Society: Magic & Miracles 28 February 2015

CENTRE FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (HPS) School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds HPS SEMINAR PROGRAMME, 2014–15, Semester 2 Wednesdays, 3.15–5.00pm, Baines Wing G.36

University of Marburg: CfP: Shared Practices, Entangled Spaces, Circulating Objects, Translated Theories: Relocating German-Polish Scientific Relations 28-30 Oct 2015

University of Cambridge; Department of History and Philosophy of Science: Seminars

University of Cambridge: History of Medicine Seminars

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHoST) Meeting 10-11 April 2015 Richmond VA

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Empty Spaces A one day conference Institute of Historical Research London 10 April 2015

Royal Society: The experience of scientific publishing: A public oral history event: 19 March 2015

Royal Society: The future of scientific publishing: Roundtable discussion 20 March 2015

The Royal Institution: John Tyndall resurrected: Talks: 4 March 2015

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals St Anne’s College Oxford 30 May 2015

h-madness: CfP: Does the History of Psychology Have a Future? History of Psychology Special Issue Deadline 15 July 2015

Hektoen International: A journal of Medical Humanities: Third Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition

The Huntington: Exhibition: Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention 24 Jan-4 May 2015

Samuel F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, (1831–1833

Samuel F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, (1831–1833

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Library: TORCH Humanities and Science: In Conversation

Natural History Museum: Talk: Letters of Note: Alfred Russel Wallace 27 January 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

BSPS Doctoral Scholarship Competition 2015

Yale Medical History Library: Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grants

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Countway Fellowships: Application Period Open

University of Leeds: Faculty of Arts: 110 Anniversary Research Scholarships

The Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford: Co-curator/researcher

National Museum of Natural History: Peter Buck Deep Time Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Royal Institution: BBSRC Professional Internship for PhD Students, Spring 2015

The University of Edinburgh: Full time Post Doc Research Fellows Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

University of Wuppertal: Doctoral studentships (PhD) in STS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #31

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #31

Monday 19 January 2015

EDITORIAL:

Welcome to Volume #31 of the world’s numero uno #histSTM weekly links list, Whewell’s Gazette. Yesterday, 18 January, was the 107 anniversary of the birth of Polish-British polymath Jacob Bronowski. As I said on more than one occasion I became interested in the history of mathematics when I read a copy of Eric Temple Bell’s Men of Mathematics, at the age of sixteen. Two books did more than anything else to cause me to widen my horizons to a more general history of science, one was Arthur Koestler’s The Sleepwalkers and the other was Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man.

Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man was originally a much praised television series but in my case it was the book to the series that had a major impact. Later I would go on to read two books by Bronowski on the philosophy/sociology of science, The Common Sense of Science and Science and Human Values, both of which influenced my interest in science studies. When I discovered that Bronowski had also written books on William Blake, then and now my favourite poet, my fate was sealed, I was definitely a fan. I don’t do heroes but if I did Bronowski would be a serious candidate.

In many discussions over the years both on blog comment columns and on Twitter I have become aware that The Ascent of Man played an important role in the career decision of quite a few historians of science and so I have decide to dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to the memory of Jacob Bronowski (18 January 1907 – 22 August 1974)

Jacob Bronowski Source: Wikimedia Commons

Jacob Bronowski
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

The Sloane Letters Blog: Storms, Sounds and Authorship

Ptak Science Blog: Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, 1961

National Geographic: A Half Century of Martian Invasions

Corpus Newtonicium: All was light – but was it?

Uncertain Principles: Science Stories: Letters to Famous Physicists

Medium.com: When Einstein met H.G. Wells

Conciatore: Torricelli and Glass

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Hugh Taylor’s Interview

Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940: The Alternative Path: Lodge, Lightning, and Electromagnetic Waves

Irish Philosophy: Small and Far Away: Thomas Kingsmill Abbott

New York Review of Books: Los Alamos Declassified

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Hanford, WA

Medieval Books: Medieval Apps

British Library, Egerton MS 848 (15th century)  Source: British Library

British Library, Egerton MS 848 (15th century)
Source: British Library

Greenwich.co.uk:blogs: The Grave of John Flamsteed

The Institute: A History of the Magnetic Compass

O Say Can You See?: What emerging science got the public excited in the 1860s? Spectroscopy!

The Indian Express: In the word “sine”, we see interconnection of three mathematical traditions – Indian, Arabic and European

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

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Richard Who?: Editing Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations: A 8nearly) 10-year Progress Report

SvD Kultur: Se de okända bilderna från Andrées polarfärd

Livescience: Treasured 16th-Century ‘Lenox Globe’ Gets a Digital Makeover

Slate Vault: Pitching a Potential Donor, Shackleton Sketched This Expedition Map

Channel Asia News: NLB launches its first festival on maps

MEDICINE:

Physician Gerolamo Mercuriale holding Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica c 1600 Painter: Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614)

Physician Gerolamo Mercuriale holding Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica c 1600
Painter: Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614)

Mental Floss: Five Medical Innovations of the Civil War

MBS Birmingham: Saving teeth, removing inequalities: Fluoridation in Birmingham, 1964–2014

From the Hands of Quacks: Actina: A Wonder of the 19th Century

Discover: The Tragic History of Surgery for Schizophrenia

Fiction Reboot: MedHum Monday Presents: A Little Drop of Poison

The Recipes Project: Flower power: Cato’s medicinal recipes

AWH: Fe del Mundo, first female student at Harvard Medical School

The Recipes Project: Wild Thyme, Bitter Almonds, and Extract of Beavers – The Medicinal Recipes of Scribonius Largus

Wired: Strange Antique Medical Devices That Promised to Cure Everything with Electricity

 

 

Multi-purpose electrotherapy machine (Italy, 1922). This device could be used to treat muscle conditions, alleviate pain, or cauterize wounds.

Multi-purpose electrotherapy machine (Italy, 1922). This device could be used to treat muscle conditions, alleviate pain, or cauterize wounds.

CHEMISTRY:

Chemistry Hall: Discovery and Synthesis of LSD

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Rosetta Stones: Wallace’s Woeful Wager: How a Founder of Modern Biology Got Suckered by Flat-Earthers

Darin Hayton: A. R. Wallace and “preter-human intelligences”

Notches: Umutoni: Why Histories of African Homosexualities Matter

The Embryo Project: Ross Granville Harrison

Ptak Science Books: A Cloud Map (1873)

Image from Arnold Guyot, Physical Geography, Scrinber's, New York, 1873

Image from Arnold Guyot, Physical Geography, Scrinber’s, New York, 1873

Evolution Institute: Yes, Darwinian Feminism Is Real. And It’s Growing

Dr Alun: ‘Rhythmical Essays on the Beard Question’: Beard haters in the 1860s!

Embryo Project: Edwin Stephen Goodrich (1868–1946)

 

Trowelblazers: Zonia Baber

Zonia Baber University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-00303], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Zonia Baber
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-00303], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Notches: The King’s Favourite: Sex, Money and Power in Medieval England

 

History of Geology: “What a confusion for Geologists” – Geologizing with Darwin

Chemical Heritage Magazine: The Mummy That Wasn’t There

Yovisto: Lewis Terman and the Intelligence Quotient

Embryo Project: August Friedrich Leopold Weismann (1834-1914)

Cartooning Evolution Home 1861–1925

Harper's Weekly, August 19, 1871

Harper’s Weekly, August 19, 1871

TECHNOLOGY:

The Appendix: The Aviator’s Heart

Conciatore: Enamel Reprise

Ptak Science Books: Intel vs. Obelisk: The Renaissance Beauty of the Single-Chip Microprocessor

My medieval foundry: Real and possible misrepresentations about medieval copper alloy castings

Science Comma: Industrial Gas Museum, Athens – Creating and sharing knowledge about society

Mental Floss: Toilet Paper History: How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Ancient Origins: Ten amazing inventions from ancient times

Brain pickings: The Mirror and the Meme: A 600 Year History of the Selfie

Ptak Science Book: The Coming of Broadcast Television (1929)

Ptak Science Books: Killing London with the Future: City Planning with the Bressey Report, 1937

 

Ptak Science Books: Bicycle Story Without Words, 1869

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Yovisto: Thomas Augustus Watson – Recipient of the Very First Phone Call

 

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

The many-headed monster: Thinking about doing a PhD: who, where and how?

Live Mint: Mythology, history & science

Wonders & Marvels: Agnodice: Down and Dirty?

Chronologia Universalis: A Warning, part 1, or: Read the catalogues!

The Atlas of Early Printing

OUP Blog: Making the case for history in medical education

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Scientists as celebrities: Bad for science or good for society?

dhq: Beyond Gutenberg: Transcending the Document Paradigm in Digital Humanities

Today I found out: The Mysterious Fate of the Library of Alexandria

Discover: The 5 Retro Science Kits That Inspired a Generation of Tinkerers

Bridges, derricks and robots were common early Erector set projects. Even newer Meccano sets have spawned impressive projects, like the airplane below. Yale medical student William Sewell really thought outside the box when he used Erector parts to build the first artificial heart pump. Erector U.S./Meccano

Bridges, derricks and robots were common early Erector set projects. Even newer Meccano sets have spawned impressive projects, like the airplane below. Yale medical student William Sewell really thought outside the box when he used Erector parts to build the first artificial heart pump.
Erector U.S./Meccano

The New York Times: ‘Izzy, Did You Ask a Good Question Today?’

Irish Philosophy: Berkeley’s Foray into Experimental Philosophy

Ptak Science Books: A Half-Alphabet of Color by Isaac Newton and What the Colors “Naked” and “Dead” Are (1659)

The #EnvHist Weekly

Conciatore: Michel Montaigne

The New York Times: Dorothy Thomas, the ‘Mother’ of Bone Marrow Transplants, Dies at 92

Dorothy Thomas and her husband, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas. The couple worked together on research into transplants that could cure dying patients of leukemia.  Credit Jim Linna

Dorothy Thomas and her husband, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas. The couple worked together on research into transplants that could cure dying patients of leukemia.
Credit Jim Linna

 

HSS: Saton Medal Speech: Steven Shapin: “Praising Famous Men”

The Frailest Thing: Do Artifacts Have Ethics?

The Finch & Pea: Sunday Science Poem: Lord Byron’s Post-Apocalyptic Vision

Leaping Robot: Lasers, Pot Smoke, and the “Visual Art of the Future”

Athene Donald’s Blog: Science Policy and Impact: Lessons from History

ESOTERIC:

History of Alchemy: Cornelius Drebbel

academia.edu: Intermediary Beings (ch. 64, The Occult World) pdf

Heterodoxology: Esotericism in Antiquity: An Aries Special Issue

 

 

Tauroctony

Tauroctony

BOOK REVIEWS:

Remedia: Unassigned Reading

 

The Lancet: A history of chronic diseases

Science Book a Day: Downs: The history of a disability

Chemical Heritage Magazine: The Electric Wizard

Nikola Tesla lived a life of contradictions. Tesla was equal parts showman and inventor, and these qualities underpinned his success and contributed to his downfall. A multiple-exposure photograph shows Tesla in his Colorado Springs laboratory, where he explored wireless telegraphy and produced artificial lightning.  (The Tesla Collection)

Nikola Tesla lived a life of contradictions. Tesla was equal parts showman and inventor, and these qualities underpinned his success and contributed to his downfall. A multiple-exposure photograph shows Tesla in his Colorado Springs laboratory, where he explored wireless telegraphy and produced artificial lightning.
(The Tesla Collection)

NEW BOOKS:

Juan Biquert’s Blog: Ramon Llull: From the Ars Magna to Artificial Intelligence

Science Book a Day: Women in Science: Then and Now

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THEATRE:

FILM:

The Guardian: Jane Hawking: ‘I firmly believed in Stephan and his brilliance’

Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s first wife, at the premiere for The Theory of Everything last month. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s first wife, at the premiere for The Theory of Everything last month. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

TELEVISION:

The Telegraph: Wolf Hall programme-makers insist on straight, white teeth

SLIDE SHARE:

From Compass to Cellphone: A 4000 Year Journey @fadesingh

VIDEOS:

Manchester 1824: Kathleen Mary Drew (1901–1957) was a phycologist at Manchester

Royal Society: The Volcano Diaries – Objectivity ‘2

Vimeo: 120 years of watching movies together

Scientists You Must Know: Gordon Moore on Moore’s Law

RADIO:

The Guardian: A Selfish turn around CERN

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Chronologia Universalis: Early Modern Chronologies: RSA 2015 Annual Meeting, Berlin 26-28 March 2015

Wellcome Library: Pre-modern medicine seminars: Spring 2015 programme

 

Tokyo Institute of Technology: The International Workshop on the History of Chemistry, “Transformation of Chemistry from the 1920s to the 1960s,” March 2–4, 2015

St Cross College: University of Oxford: Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science: “Voltaire and the Newtonian Revolution” One-Day Conference 28 Feb 2015

SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF EARLY MODERN STUDIES: CfP: “The Care of the Self in Early Modern Philosophy and Science”

Villa Dohrn, Ischia, Italy: Call for Applications: The Fourteenth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences 27 June – 3 July 2015

 

LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History: 2016 AHA CfP: Queer Migrations

Royal Institute of Navigation: Lecture: The Golden Age of Celestial Navigation, Edinburgh 4 Feb 2015

 

Wellcome Collections: Lecture: Wellcome’s Collectors 22 January 2015

National Library Board Singapore: Exhibition: Geo – Graphic: Celebrating Maps and their Stories 16 Jan–19 Jul 2015

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Historiens de la santé: CfP: NYAM: Fifth Annual History of Medicine Night 11 March 2015

Durham University: Final CfP: The History of Thermodynamics and Scientific Realism 12 May 2015

issuu: CfP: Pulse: A History of Sociology, and Philosophy of Science Journal: Open Issue (Vol. 3 2015)

Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940: Workshop 4:  Scientific Lives: Oliver Lodge and the History of Science in the Digital Age 6 March 2015 Leeds Art Gallery

Kent CHOTS: 4th Annual H. G. Wells lecture in Science and Society FIGHTING FOR VOTE: SCIENCE AND SUFFRAGE IN WORLD WAR ONE Dr Patricia Fara 4 March 2015

Historiens de la santé: History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series: Programme for Spring 2015 Wellcome Library

OU History of Science Collection: Announcing the Galileo’s World exhibition

James Gregory Public Lectures on Science and Christianity: The science-and-religion delusion: towards a theology of science Tom McLeish 16 Feb 2015

Institute Of Historical Research: Lecture: “Captain Cook, Pyrotechnist” 27 Jan 2015

University of Sheffield: CfP: A History of Public Parks 11-12 September 2015

UCL: CfP: Brno Latour and Environmental Governance Workshop 18-19 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Bristol: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, History of Medicine (Life of Breath) based in the Department of Philosophy

Centre for the Study of the Book: Bodleian Libraries: Fellowships and Prizes

Harvard Kennedy School: STS Fellows Program

BSHS: Undergraduate Dissertation Archive Grants 2015

H-Environment: University of Alberta: Department of History and Classics: Doctoral Funding Opportunity – Northern Exposure

Conecta: Duke University History of Medicine Travel Grants

BSPS Doctoral Scholarship Competition 2015

Newton International Fellowships

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Digital Collections Archivist

The Heritage Consortium: 12 Fully Funded PhD Studentships In Heritage Studies

University of Oxford: CMRS Career Development Fellowship in Renaissance History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #30

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #30

Monday 12 January 2015

EDITORIAL:

The week that is covered by the thirtieth edition of Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #histSTM links list is one that saw a sad loss in the #histSTM community with the death of the historian of science David C. Lindberg at the age of 79 on 6 January 2015.

Lindberg an expert for the history of optics, medieval history of science in general and the relationship between science and religion in the Middle Ages was one of the true giants of the discipline whose scholarship influenced all of those who came into contact with him or his writings. I personally never had the honour of meeting him but my own development as a historian of science has been heavily influenced, certainly for the better, in particular by Lindberg’s writings on the history of optics. His Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler is one of my all time favourite history of science books and I like, many, many others, have a copy of his The Beginnings of Western Science always close at hand. We have lost one of the greats but through his writings he will remain part of our community for a long time to come.

I humbly dedicate this edition of Whewell’s Gazette to the memory of David C. Lindberg, a fine scholar and a great teacher.

David Lindberg, History of Science, teaching class. © UW-Madison University Communications  608/262-0067 Photo by:  Jeff Miller Date:  9/00     File#:   0009-171c-16a

David Lindberg, History of Science, teaching class.
© UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067
Photo by: Jeff Miller
Date: 9/00 File#: 0009-171c-16a

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Death of Professor David C. Lindberg

UWMadScience: Lessons of a Lifetime

 

Birthdays of the Week:

Alfred Russel Wallace born 8 January 1823

A photograph of A.R. Wallace taken in Singapore in 1862

A photograph of A.R. Wallace taken in Singapore in 1862

History of Geology: The Forgotten Naturalist: Alfred Russel Wallace

History of Geology: A.R. Wallace on Geology, Great Glaciers and the Speed of Evolution

Fossil History: Wallace, Darwin, and Human Origins

 

Yovisto: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Natural Selection

http://blog.yovisto.com/alfred-russel-wallace-and-the-natural-selection/

The Alfred Russel Wallace Website: Plants and animals named after Wallace

Youtube: Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet

Nicolas Steno born 11 January 1638

Steno as Bishop J. P. Trap 1868 derivative work Source: Wikimedia

Steno as Bishop
J. P. Trap 1868 derivative work
Source: Wikimedia

Yovisto: Nicolas Steno and the Principle of Modern Geology

History of Geology: Nicolas Steno and the Origin of Fossils

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Great American Eclipses: American eclipse observations of the 17th and 18th centuries

Uncertain Principles: Science Story: Night Owls

Magic Transistor: Thomas Orchard, The Astronomy of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’

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The Renaissance Mathematicus: If you’re going to blog about history of science then at least do the legwork

ScienceNews: Bell’s math showed that quantum weirdness rang true

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Bog: When bad history meets bad journalism

The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Simon Marius Anniversary Celebratios 2014 have been a great success

The Collation: From comet tales to bear tails

Nautilus: The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven: A Renaissance alchemist pioneers feedback control

ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHON ROSEN

ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHON ROSEN

Nautilus: The Glassmaker Who Sparked Astrophysics

Chronologia Universalis: Serendipity in provenance research, part 3

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

arXiv.org: The search for longitude: Preliminary insights from a 17th Century Dutch perspective (pdf)

Annie Smith Peck: A Woman’s Place is at the Top

“Men, we all know, climb in knickerbockers. Women, on the contrary, will declare that a skirt is no hindrance to their locomotion. This is obviously absurd… For a woman in difficult mountaineering to waste her strength and endanger her life with a skirt is foolish in the extreme.”  Peck, Outing Magazine, “Practical Mountain Climbing,” 1901.

“Men, we all know, climb in knickerbockers. Women, on the contrary, will declare that a skirt is no hindrance to their locomotion. This is obviously absurd… For a woman in difficult mountaineering to waste her strength and endanger her life with a skirt is foolish in the extreme.”
Peck, Outing Magazine, “Practical Mountain Climbing,” 1901.

British Library: American studies blog: Christmas, locked in the ice Nova: Shakleton’s Voyage of Endurance

 

MEDICINE:

Conciatore: The French Disease Reprise

The Times Scotland: Lunatic who exposed the asylum

Dittrick Museum: The Stomach and its Discontents: Digesting the Winter Holidays

Chom News: Oedipus and the Spjinx: a Gift for Isador H. Coriat

 

English Historical Fiction Authors: Witches and Midwives in Early Modern England

The Recipes Project: Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

NYAM: Louis Braille and His System: The Quest for a Universal Script

A competing English system of encoding text for the blind, using symbols close to legible letters. In William Moon, Light for the Blind, 1879, opposite page 66.

A competing English system of encoding text for the blind, using symbols close to legible letters. In William Moon, Light for the Blind, 1879, opposite page 66.

distillatio: Medieval treatments for sore joints

CHEMISTRY:

Philly.com: Restoration of 17th-century painting at Villanova reveals mysteries

 

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Gas Stations

Detail of a photo displaying gas masks developed during World War I. (Othmer Library)

Detail of a photo displaying gas masks developed during World War I. (Othmer Library)

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

History of Geology: January 6, 1912: Happy Birthday Continental Drift

 

The Embryo Project: Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples Italy 

Yovisto: Johan Christian Fabricius and his Classification System for Insects

Ptak Science Books: The Future of Oil in 1921

The Irish Times: Intrigue and egos in a tussle over Irish amphibian fossils in 1866

Old Weather Blog: A history of the World in 1,399,120,833 observations

The Embryo Project: “Experimental Studies on Germinal Localisation” (1904), Edmund B. Wilson

 

Yovisto: Elizabeth Gertrude Britton Knight and the Study of Mosses

Renaissance Utterances: Lecture: Exotic birds and animals in the 18th Century garden

Letters from Gondwana: A Brief Introduction to the Origins of Birds

Space: io9: This Geological Field Notebook is an Elegant Look at Mountain-Building

The Guardian: Earthquakes, tsunamis and a naked tribe. It’s Chile – and not just Galápagos – that inspired Darwin

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

TECHNOLOGY:

Slate: The Vault: How Photographs Tried to Capture the Terror of Night Zeppelin Raids During WWI

Science Museum: Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

History News Network: The Nuclear Disaster You Never Heard of

 

Priceonomics: The Invention of the Slinky

Images from James’ patent, filed in August 1946 and approved January 1947

Images from James’ patent, filed in August 1946 and approved January 1947

Conciatore: Anatomy of a Misconception

Fig. of glass drop, Thomas Hobbes, Problematica Physica, 1662

Fig. of glass drop,
Thomas Hobbes, Problematica Physica, 1662

Conciatore: Le Fritte

BT’s Let Talk: Information Age – a turning point for society

Thick Objects: The Chambers’ Micromanipulator (1921)

 

Yovisto: Joseph Weizenbaum and his famous Eliza

BBC: “I was there” At the launch of the ‘worst gadget in history’ in 1985

Yovisto: The Watches of Abraham-Louis Bréguet

Ether Wave Propaganda: Schaffer on Machine Philosophy, Pt. 6: The Ideology of Charles Babbage

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:Inside Higher Ed: Pop History

U.S. National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium

 

Project Muse: Casebooks in Early Modern England: Medicine, Astrology, and Written Records

Journal of Digital Humanities: A Distinction Worth Exploring: “Archives” and “Digital Historical Representation”

jamesungureanu: Visions of Science: Epilogue

Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Experimental Philosophy and Mechanical Philosophy I: The Case of Henry More and Henry Stubbe

Notches: 365 Notches: (re)marks on our 1st anniversary

 

The Recipes Project: First Monday Library Chat: New York Academy of Medicine

International Commission on the History of Meteorology: History of Meteorology – Volume 6 (2014)

Homunculus: The birth of the scientific journal

Museum Two: What I Learned about Strangers from Jane Jacobs on my Winter Vacation

Wellcome History: Issue 54: Winter 2014

New: The Cultural History of Philosophy Blog: Altruism

 

Early Television Museum: Ed Reitan – Obituary

About 40 years ago, when Ed got his Model 5

About 40 years ago, when Ed got his Model 5

The Quad Video Tape Group: Restoring the Earliest Know Color Quad Tape: The Dedication of WRC-TV/NBC Washington DC

HASS: STS Reading List

Museum of Cycladic Art: Exhibition: Hygieia: Health, Illness, Treatment from Homer to Galen 19.11.2014–31.5.2015

ESOTERIC:

Wellcome Library: Spotlight: the power of angels – a charm against plague

A charm against the plague from Leech Book I, folio 30v, MS. 404, late 15th century. Wellcome Images L0073819.

A charm against the plague from Leech Book I, folio 30v, MS. 404, late 15th century. Wellcome Images L0073819.

Dis/unity of Knowledge: Models for the study of modern esotericism and science (pdf)

BOOK REVIEWS:

Time to Eat the Dogs: Inventing the American Astronaut

9781137025272

Heterodoxology: The Occult World – a new reference work for heterodoxologists

Brain Pickings: Albert Einstein’s Little-Known Correspondence with W.E.B. Du Bois on Race and Racism

 

NEW BOOKS:

The University of Chicago Press: Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject

Historiens de la santé: The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: Perspectives from the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas

Notre Dame Press: The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters

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Historiens de la santé: Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa

University of Pittsburgh Press: New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies

THEATRE:

FILM:

The Guardian: Every great individual stands on the shoulders of others

Science Observed: The opposite of a “lone genius”

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

Ron Townsend: From Problems to Solutions: Recruiting, Training, and Placing History PhDs in Non-Faculty Careers

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Jonathan Foyle discusses RCP ceremony and tradition

 

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Munich: Environmental Histories of Design: A workshop in Munich 19 June 2015

University of Cambridge: CRASSH: Lent 2015 Programme

 

University of Budapest: The CEU Summer University invites applications from MA and PhD students to the course “Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe” 29 June-4 July 2015

Diseases of Modern Life: CfP: Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals St. Anne’s College, Oxford 30 May 2015

La Lettre de L’Ehess: Mardi 27 Janvier 2015 Une autre histoire: Jacques Le Goff Journée d’étude organisée par la BnF et l’EHESS

The Swedenborg Society: Talks and Readings: Professor Simon Schaffer: Swedenborg’s Lunars542d2a9e819b0

The registration deadline for attending the 6th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science, which will take place in Oslo, Norway, 11-13 February 2015, is fast approaching.

Digital Humanities Awards 2014 Nominations

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Medicine, Translations and Histories 11-12 June 2015 CHSTM Manchester

H-Sci-Med-Tech: CfP: Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) now accepting open panel proposals for 2015 meeting Denver Colorado 11-15 November

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): Call for Open Panels: Denver 2015

University of Birmingham: Seminars and Conferences: Thursday 29 January Dr Clare Hickman: ‘Dr John Coakley Lettsom and the Mangle-Wurzel: Botany, Agriculture and Medical Practitioners in the Eighteenth-century’

Fourth Conference on History of Quantum Physics: Donostia/San Sebastian (Spain), 16-18 July, 2015. Palacio de Miramar

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: CfP: University Heritage and Cultural Engagement of European Universities 11‐13 June 2015

Confessions of a Curator: Call for Chapter Proposals: The 21st Century Special Collections Reader: contemporary approaches for special collections Due 1 Feb 2015

‘Maps and Society’ Lectures: 15 January Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London). ‘The World Map in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities (c.1050): Mathematical Geography between Late Antiquity and Islam’

University of Leeds: CfP: The History and Future of Rationing 25 March 2015

 

Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy): CfP: “Medical Terminology and Epistemology for a Dictionary of Genetics and its Degenerations from Hippocrates to ICD-10” 4-6 May 2015

8th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg (MuST) Conference: OBJECTIVITY IN SCIENCE Tilburg University, The Netherlands10–12 June 2015

Making Science Public: Citizen Science

Hektoen International: Third Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition

8TH  EUROPEAN SPRING SCHOOL ON HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND POPULARIZATION CfP: LIVING IN A TOXIC WORLD (1800-2000) EXPERTS, ACTIVISM, INDUSTRY AND REGULATION Maó (Menorca), 14-16 May 2015

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Oxford: Directorship of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Institute for Humanities Research Arizona State University (2015-2016) “Monsters and Monstrosity” Fellows Call for applications

 

 The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds is pleased to inform potential applicants for postgraduate study that it is able to offer up to 18 fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK/EU students for 2015-16 entry, plus further scholarships for international students.

 

Durham Visual Culture Studentship: If you are interested in researching the history of science and visual culture, please contact me and I can direct you to an appropriate department which might be interested in your project.  I note that the deadline is 28 January 2015.

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Women in Medicine Fellowship: Application Period Open

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Countway Fellowships: Application Period Open

New York University: Post Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology

ConsortiumHSTM: Fellowships

H-Sci-Med-Tech: Duke University History of Medicine Travel Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #29

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #29

Monday 05 January 2015

 

 

EDITORIAL:

Well our editorial staff has survived New Years Eve and they are back on the treadmill generating electricity so that we can bring you the first edition of your weekly #histSTM links list for the year 2015, which a couple of the mathematics buffs on Twitter have pointed out in a palindrome in binary code the universal language of computers, 11111011111. Its also rather nice in base eight 3737 and base four 133133.

 

Quotes of the Week:

Quote of the week

They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and this is a good argument against atheism. I think it’s a better argument against foxholes. – Kurt Vonnegut

‘The authorities of the British Museum have had another abuse to contend against & that is the practice of families sending a harmless lunatic member to spend the day in the Reading Room, thus providing them with an asylum…at the cost of nothing’ ‪1890s – @britishlibrary

“When it comes to science most of the jingoists and religious fanatics-particularly Hindus and Muslims, just love to revel in the past. There have been biases in writing of history and history of science but this can’t be set right by dubious claims. Stick to facts not fantasies”. – @irfhabib

 Birthdays of the Week:

Andreas Vesalius born 31 December 1514

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Special Collections & Archives at Mizzou: Happy Birthday Andreas Vesalius

News Works: Skepticism in medicine turns 500

RCS: Vesalius: 500 years on Lecture by Professor Vivian Nutton

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

Space Age Archaeology: Shadows of the Moon: an ephemeral archaeology

Dawn Journal: December 29

Giuseppe Piazzi points the way to his discovery, the planet Ceres. (Dawn’s route there is more complex than Piazzi might have guessed.) Credit: Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo - S

Giuseppe Piazzi points the way to his discovery, the planet Ceres. (Dawn’s route there is more complex than Piazzi might have guessed.) Credit: Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo – S

 

Space Watchtower: New Year did not always begin on January 1

The Eclipse Expeditions of the Lick Observatory and the Dawn of Astrophysics (PDF)

Science 2.0: A Brief History of Exo-Earths and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Preach truth – serve up myths

British Library: Medieval manuscripts blog: Cicero’s Map to the Stars

jamesungureanu: Vision of Science: Mary Somerville

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

MEDICINE:

The Embryo Project: Harry Hamilton Laughlin (1880–1943)

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Mummies and the Usefulness of Death

Center for Israel Education: First nursing graduates in the Land of Israel

December 7, 1921 Twenty-two women graduate from the Nurses’ Training Institute at Rothschild Hospital in Jerusalem

December 7, 1921
Twenty-two women graduate from the Nurses’ Training Institute at Rothschild Hospital in Jerusalem

Of Microbes and Men: The Curious Case of Tiny Tim Cratchit

The Recipes Project: How to Translate a Recipe (2)

The Conversation: Ancient hangover cures to get you through the new year

Early Modern Medicine: Infertility, Miscarriage and Men

Instagram: meta4rn: The first Australian mental health nurse

Atlas Obscura: Numbers Instead of Names on the Forgotten Graves of Asylum Patients

CHEMISTRY:

About Education: History of Fireworks

The Recipes Project: Dyeing to Impress: Hair Products and Beauty Culture in Nineteenth-Century America

"Bogles Hair Dye" in Walton's Vermont Register and Farmers' Almanac for 1862 (Montpelier: S. M. Walton, 1862). Image courtesy of Archive.org:

“Bogles Hair Dye” in Walton’s Vermont Register and Farmers’ Almanac for 1862 (Montpelier: S. M. Walton, 1862). Image courtesy of Archive.org:

 

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

NewsWorks: Volcanoes may have contributed to dinosaurs’ demise, Princeton scientists find

 

History of Geology: A tribute to the Year of Crystallography – Haüy’s Models

 

National Geographic: The Plate: What’s Best for Baby’s Tummy? The History of Baby Food

Road to Paris: A very short history of climate change research

The TrowelBlazers 2014 Review

Dumbarton Oaks: The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Woods Hole Museum: Cornelia Clapp and the Earliest Years of the MBL

Fossil History: Happy Birthday Marcellin Boule

jamesungureanu: Visions of Science: Charles Lyell

 

These Bones of Mine: Interview with Liz Eastlake: Dental Delights and Estonian Escapades

 

TECHNOLOGY:

The Royal Society: Microscope and oxy-hydrogen lamp projector

 

Image number: RS.10747 Credit: © The Royal Society

Image number: RS.10747
Credit: © The Royal Society

Conciatore: Faux Pearls Reprise

Conciatore: Neri the Scholar

Atlas Obscura: The 19th-Century Iron Balls Still Cleaning The Paris Sewers

The Institute: Five Famously Wrong Predictions About Technology

Flickr: Sani-Phone Hygienic Telephone Discs

The Conversation: A history of fireworks: how about some flaming artichokes to blast in the new year?

Fireworks on the River Thames, Monday May 15 1749.

Fireworks on the River Thames, Monday May 15 1749.

Live Science: Ancient Middle East Shipwrecks Shed Light on Shipbuilding History

Georgian Gentleman: What is your hobby?

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Chemical Heritage Magazine: In the Pink

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Museum of the History of Science: January Newsletter

Voices: Gone in 2014: Remembering 10 Notable Women in Science

British biologist Lorna Casselton  Credit: Bruce Sampson/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

British biologist Lorna Casselton
Credit: Bruce Sampson/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

TCP: EEBO-TCP Phase I Public Release: What to expect on January 1

Ether Wave Propaganda: The “MIT and the Transformation of American Economics” Conference and Maturation in the Historiography of Economic Thought

Michael Crichton: Why Politicized Science is Dangerous

IEEE: Bell Labs’ milestones dedications ceremony held Dec. 18 in Murray Hill

Mental Floss: Winston Churchill’s 1932 Predictions for 50 Years Hence

Nature: Time for the social sciences

Cultures of Knowledge: Merry Christmas and Glad Tidings

Robert Boyle (1627-91): Welcome to the Boyle Papers Online!

Journal of Universal Rejection

Wellcome Trust: Image of the Week: Happy New Year 2015!

Ancient Chinese wooden geomantic compass and perpetual calendar

Ancient Chinese wooden geomantic compass and perpetual calendar

LaCrosse Tribune.com: Museum to spotlight Wisconsin science

Blink: Can India have a scientific revolution?

The Guardian: Ivor Gattan-Guinness obituary

Pacific Standard: The Science of Society: What Is the Point of Academic Books?

JHI Blog: What Does Early Modern Bibliography Have to Do With a Blog?

Homunculus: There goes the neighbourhood

Reading the History of Western Science: A List of Good Places to Start

Motherboard: Should Unprovable Physics be Considered Philosophy?

C Net: Ancient Indian aircraft on agenda of major science conference

Plans for an ancient Indian flying machine Wikimedia Commons

Plans for an ancient Indian flying machine
Wikimedia Commons

Audra Wolfe: Doing Scholarship from Outside Academe

ESOTERIC:

The History of Phrenology on the Web: Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832)

Special Collections & Archives at Mizzou: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them in Special Collections

BOOK REVIEWS:

Empathy Library: A History of Bombing

Forbes: John Farrell: Book of the Year: Alice Roberts On Evolution and the Making of Us

Science Book a Day: Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860

steam-powered-knowledge NEW BOOKS:

Historiens de la santé: Schreiben am Rand: Die »Bernische kantonale Irrenanstalt Waldau« und ihre Narrative (1895-1936)

Historiens de la santé: The Antibody Molecule: From Antitoxins to therapeutic antibodies

Ashgate: Australia Circumnavigated: The Voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator, 1801-1803

Pickering & Chatto: The Correspondence of John Tyndall

Historiens de la santé: Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History

THEATRE:

The Guardian: After Turing and Hawking, now it’s the stage story of Robert Oppenheimer, the man behind the bomb

Robert Oppenheimer, right, with Albert Einstein in 1947. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Picture Collection/Getty

Robert Oppenheimer, right, with Albert Einstein in 1947. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Picture Collection/Getty

FILM:

Indiegogo.com: A Film and Interactive Media Project about Navy Rear Admiral and Computer Pioneer, Grace Hopper.

Grace Murray Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, c. 1960 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Grace Murray Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, c. 1960
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Scientific American: Guest Blog: Stephen Hawking, Hawking Incorporated, and the Myth of the Lone Genius

The Theory of Everything, film review: Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking brilliantly

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

VIDEOS:

RADIO:

BBC: Wittgenstein’s Jet

Ludwig Wittgenstein Photographed by Ben Richards, Swansea, Wales, 1947 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Photographed by Ben Richards, Swansea, Wales, 1947
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

PODCASTS:

NPR: Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies at 107

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as "radium girls," later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107. Argonne National Laboratory

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as “radium girls,” later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107.
Argonne National Laboratory

History of the Earth: December 31. The 6th Extinction

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sixth International Workshop on the History of Human Genetics Glasgow, UK (Scotland), June 5-6, 2015 CfP: ‘Human Gene Mapping’ and ‘Oral History of Human Genetics’

ECREA: CfP: Communications History Bridges and Boundaries Conference 16-18 September 2015

The Royal Society: Conference: Publish or Perish? The past, present and future of the scientific journal 19-21 March 2015

 

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine – 14th Annual Conference Sydney 30 June-4 July 2015

 

LOOKING FOR WORK:

UCAR: Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer

 

The Bibliographical Society: Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Awards

RCP: Project Coordinator – – UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) project

Uppsala University: Postdoctoral associate

M-Phi: Jobs at LMU Munich: Three assistant Professorships in Logic and Philosophy of Language

M-Phi: Jobs at LMU Munich: Two Postdoctoral Positions in Philosophy of Mathematics

The Morgan Library & Museum: Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #28

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #28

Monday 29 December 2014

 

EDITORIAL:

As 2014 winds to a halt, the Christmas excesses have settled on the hips and the first snows of winter have fallen on large parts of Europe causing traffic chaos and train delays, as if it were the first time that mankind has been confronted by this hexagonal form of frozen water, we bring you the final edition of your weekly #histSTM links list Whewell’s Gazette for this year. But fear not gentle readers if there be histories of science, medicine and technology posted on the Internet in 2015 there will be a Whewell’s Gazette to collect, collate, conserve and present those posts for your delectation every seven days.

In Germany in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve people greet each other with ‘Guten Rutsch’, which means slide well into the New Year. I hope all of the readers of Whewell’s Gazette slide smoothly into 2015 and continue to hold the #histSTM high in the next twelve months.

Quotes of the Week:

« A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. » – David Hume

“I don’t know why people say writing is like pulling teeth.

Pulling teeth is way faster *and* no one judges you for using drugs.” @mulegirl

Uncertain Principles: Advent Calendar of Science Stories

  1. Hazing
  2.  Parity
  3. You

#histSTM Christmas Special The Twelve Days of Taxonomy

American Museum of Natural History: Twelve Days of Taxonomy

Birthdays of the Week:

Isaac Newton born 25 December 1642 (os)

Godfrey Kneller's 1689 portrait of Isaac Newton (age 46).

Godfrey Kneller’s 1689 portrait of Isaac Newton (age 46).

Happy birthday to Sir Isaac Newton! Did everyone get a personal alchemy kit for Christmas in his honor? – @DrMRFrancis

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Christmas Trilogy Part 1: Was he or wasn’t he and does it matter?

History of Geology: The Philosopher’s Stone

Ether Wave Propaganda: A Birthday Present for Newton

Royal Museums Greenwich: Collections: Isaac Newton

AMNH: Meet the Universe’s Main Attraction – Gravity

Charles Babbage born 27 December 1791

The Illustrated London News (4 November 1871)

The Illustrated London News (4 November 1871)

Renaissance Mathematicus: Christmas Trilogy Part 2: Computing mathematical miracles

Science Museum: Babbage’s Analytical Engine, 1834–1871. (Trial model)

James Ungureanu: Vision of Science: Charles Babbage

Johannes Kepler born 27 December 1571

Portraits of Kepler and his first wife in oval medallions

Portraits of Kepler and his first wife in oval medallions

NASA: Ames Research Center: Johannes Kepler: His Life, His Laws and Times

Renaissance Mathematicus: Christmas Trilogy Part 3: Choosing a wife

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

First Astronomy Class at Vassar College 1866

First Astronomy Class at Vassar College 1866

Professor Maria Mitchell and fifteen female students wearing long dresses, seated or standing behind a telescope. Some are holding hats or an open book.

Kuriositas: The Einstein Tower

Graham Farmelo: A Dirac Returns to Caltech

Yovisto: John Michell and the Effect of Gravity on Light

Ptak Science Books: First Light to Good Night––Putting a Telescope to Sleep

AIP: Oral History Transcripts – Dr Maarten Schmidt

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

National Maritime Museum: Longitude Legends – Edmond Halley

Halley compass variations 1702

Halley compass variations 1702

MEDICINE:

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

Darrin Hayton: Two early pamphlets on the French Pox

NYAM: “FEAR Narcotic Drugs!” The Passage of the Harrison Act

Ad published in American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, volume 36, number 6, March 25, 1900.

Ad published in American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, volume 36, number 6, March 25, 1900.

Ptak Science Books: A Little Version of the Big Giant Head

ABO Public: To make maccarons of valentia Almonds

Mayo Clinic News Network: Christmas Eve Discovery 100 Years Ago is Still Helping Millions

Museum of Health Care Blog: Christmas Seals and Advertising for Health

 

BetaBoston: 60 years ago today, a Brigham surgeon kickstarted the field of organ transplantation

 

Harvard Library Oasis: Murray, Joseph E., Papers, 1919-2011

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

The Guardian: From the archive, 25 December 1824: typhus fever rages in Manchester

 

Science Chamber of Horrors: This Weird Side Effect Nearly Torpedoed the Practice of Anesthesia

 

The Sloane Letters Blog: On Asses’ Milk

Bëhance: The Hypodermic Syringe

CHEMISTRY:

The Recipes Project: A Perfumed Recipe on the Early Modern Stage (Part 1)

Rachel Laudan: Tiny Bubbles: Where Food Met Science, Medicine, and Religion

Hales’ apparatus for pumping air into liquids. The bottom was placed in the liquid, then bellows were inserted inserted into the top right hole and pumped to blow the air through.

Hales’ apparatus for pumping air into liquids. The bottom was placed in the liquid, then bellows were inserted inserted into the top right hole and pumped to blow the air through.

Chemical Heritage Foundation: The DDT Collector

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Culture 24: Parchment dating and sheep gene could allow archaeologists to trace centuries of agricultural history

Yovisto: Jean-Henri Fabre – The Virgil of Insects

The Conversation: The rabbits of Christmas past: a present that backfired for Australia

Notches: Three Wise Men in a Bed: Bedsharing and Sexuality in Medieval Europe

Letters From Gondwana: A Christmas Carol: Dickens and the Little Ice Age

Scrooge’s third visitor, by John Leech, 1843. (From Wikimedia Commons)

Scrooge’s third visitor, by John Leech, 1843. (From Wikimedia Commons)

The Embryo Project: Paul Kammerer (1880–1926)

The Guardian: Charles Darwin’s voyage on Beagle unfolds online in works by ship’s artist

Nautilus: T. Rex Might be the Thing with Feathers

Yovisto: Gorillas in the Mist

 

Yovisto: William H. Masters – Master of Sex

TECHNOLOGY:

Conciatore: Glass Salt Reprise

Conciatore: Fall from Grace

Conciatore: Readers Choice

The H-Word: The many inventions of photography

 An early photograph, possibly of Talbot’s daughter. Reproduced courtesy of the Bodleian Library. Photograph: William Henry Fox Talbot Archive/Bodleian Library.

An early photograph, possibly of Talbot’s daughter. Reproduced courtesy of the Bodleian Library. Photograph: William Henry Fox Talbot Archive/Bodleian Library.

History of Art at Oxford University: William Fox Talbot and the Variety of the Photographic Archive: Exploring Oxford’s Photography Collections

Ptak Science Books: A Peek Behind the Curtain at the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (1945)

Wonders & Marvels: From Papyrus to Parchment

Science Museum: Online Science: Section of a CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard, 1925–1960

Ether Wave Propaganda: The 1941 “Butt Report” (on RAF bombing accuracy). Transcription

The New York Times: Miles of Steam Pipes Snake Beneath New York

Yovisto: John von Neumann – Game Theory and the Digital Computer

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

Jefferson Bailey: Speak to the Eyes: The History and Practice of Information Visualisation

Figure 3. Charles Joseph Minard, Tableaux Graphiques et Cartes Figuratives de M. Minard, 1845–1869. 1869. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons, via Internet Archive, https://web.archive.org/web/20140301150547/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png.

Figure 3. Charles Joseph Minard, Tableaux Graphiques et Cartes Figuratives de M. Minard, 1845–1869. 1869. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons, via Internet Archive, https://web.archive.org/web/20140301150547/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png.

The Royal Institution: Henry Perigal, the Respected Crank

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Virtual Special Issue: Mendel, Mendelism, and the Mendelian

Historiens de la santé: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences Vol. 70 Issue 1 Jan 2015

The New England Journal of Medicine: Rethinking the Social History

The Royal Society: The Repository: Chimes at midnight

Correspondences: Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism Issue 2.2 (2014) Released

British Library: Medieval manuscript blog: Between Manuscript and Print: Greek Manuscripts from the Circle of Aldus Manutius

Yovisto: The Nuremberg Chronicle and the History of the World

Faith and Wisdom in Science: Medieval Lessons for the Modern Science/Religion Debate

Compass Wallah: Research Notes: India, Scientific Revolution Etc.

Blink: The square root of evil

NYAM: The Christmas Lectures

American Science: What is the Regional History of American Science?

Library of Congress: Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress

The #EnvHist Weekly

Leaping Robot Blog: Art at the Speed of Light

Wallifaction: it’s a great beautiful tomorrow: the vision of science and progress at walt disney world

Ether Wave Propaganda: The Tale of Two Syllabi: The Grad School Origins of Ether Wave Propaganda

Tulsa World: Michael Gerson: Room for nonconformity

James Ungureanu: Visions of Science: John Herschel

LSE: Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

 

Sententias: Word of the Week Wednesday: Interrogatio

International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group: Recent Newsletters

ESOTERIC:

News at Princeton: Decoding alchemy: Freshman seminar offers recipe for new perspectives

Jennifer Rampling, an assistant professor of history, highlights elements and compounds that were known to alchemists during a class session in Frick Chemistry Laboratory. One of the challenges in studying alchemy is deciphering recipes left by early practitioners. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Jennifer Rampling, an assistant professor of history, highlights elements and compounds that were known to alchemists during a class session in Frick Chemistry Laboratory. One of the challenges in studying alchemy is deciphering recipes left by early practitioners. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

France Culture: De la bosse des maths à la théorie du criminel né: l’histoire de la phrénologie

BOOK REVIEWS:

Some Beans: Maskelyne – Astronomer Royal edited by Rebekah Higgitt

NEW BOOKS:

Science for the People: The Amazons

Historiens de la santé: Muslim Midwives. The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East

getSocialImage

Pickering & Chatto: New series: Pickering Studies in the History of Philosophy

Historiens de la santé: The Tools of Asclepius: Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times

OUP: The History of Emotions: An Introduction

The Dispersal of Darwin: Huxley’s Church & Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science

9780226164878

Historiens de la santé: The ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus: Content and Context

The Dispersal of Darwin: Darwin the Writer

 

THEATRE:

FILM:

TELEVISION:

The Guardian: The problem of Professor Branestawm

SLIDE SHARE:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: 1890 Coin Operated Polyphon Music Box – ‘O Come All Ye Faithful”

Open Culture: Everything I Know: 42 hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975)

RADIO:

BBC: Cells and Celluloid: A Science and Cinema Special

 

PODCASTS:

News Works: Happy 500th birthday, Vesalius! Celebrating the founder of modern anatomy, Mutter style

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Historiens de la santé: Histoire de la théorie cellulaire et du concept de cellule Journées d’étude Organisées par Marion Thomas et Laurent Loison dans le cadre du projet POLCELL. les 7 et 8 janvier 2015 Université de Strasbourg

University of Manchester: CfP: Medicine, Translations, and Histories 11-12 June 2015

Cultivating Innovation: CfP: A one-day interdisciplinary conference 14 April 2015 John Innes Centre Norwich

Swansea University: CfP: Technologies of Daily Life (TODL) in Ancient Greece 2-3 July 2015

The British Society for the History of Science: Event: Syon Abbey Herbal – Reception at Society of Antiquaries, London 13 January 2015

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Hygiene, Medicine, and Wellbeing 1-3 May 2015 University of Arizona

University of Helsinki: CfP: Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice: Methodological Challenges 15-17 June 2015

 

Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) CfP: Fifth Biennial Conference 24-26 June 2015 University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Health History in Action University of Strathclyde 26-28 August 2015

http://histoiresante.blogspot.ca/2014/12/lhistoire-de-la-sante-en-action.html

Historiens de la santé: Appel à communications: Littérature et médecine : le cas de Proust Centre de Recherches Proustiennes de la Sorbonne 3-5 Juillet 2015

H-MedAnthro: CfP: ‘Social Sciences and Medical Innovations: Doing Things Together’ 21-23 May Tomsk

University of Notre Dame: CfP: Biennial History of Astronomy Workshops 24-28 June 2015

TORCH: University of Oxford: Faith and Wisdom in Science 11 February 2015

Cambridge University: Lecture: One-seed, two-seed, three-seed? Reassessing ancient theories of generation Rebecca Flemming: 15 January 2015 4:30pm

Roman votives displayed in the Naples Museum. Photo: Rachel Aucott.

Roman votives displayed in the Naples Museum. Photo: Rachel Aucott.

LOOKING FOR WORK:

Leeds Humanities Research Institute: Short-term Post-doctoral Fellowships 2015

PhD Positions in Philosophy at Durham University (Deadline: January 12, 2015)

The British Society for the History of Science: Call for Applications: Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University in the City of New York

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven: 4 year Postdoc: Darwinizing culture: the status of cultural evolution as a science

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven: PhD studentship in philosophy (project see above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #27

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #27

Monday 22 December 2014

EDITORIAL:

Yesterday, 21 December, at 23:03 UT (that’s GMT for those not au fait with modern astronomical terminology) it was winter solstice. That is, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the moment when the sun is at its most southerly point on its annual journey round the ecliptic, overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. The word tropic comes to us from the Greek via Latin and was originally tropikos “of or pertaining to a turn or change”, representing the point where the sun changes direction and starts slowly but steadily moving northward towards the summer solstice. For those of us in the northern hemisphere the winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is the origin of many winter festivals and customs including much of the Christmas celebrations or for example the Swedish Lucia fest on 13 December. We here at Whewell’s Gazette, your weekly #histSTM links list, think the winter solstice would make for a much better New Years Eve being a true turning point in the solar year. With this thought in mind we wish all of our readers all the best for the festive season and may your coming year be filled with much sunshine.

Solstice

Solstice

Quote of the Week:

“Dawkins’ next book is on the infallible certainty of mathematics, and it will be called The Gödelusion”. – @fadesingh

Uncertain Principles: Advent Calendar of Science Stories

  1. An unusual resume

16. Undergraduate research

17. Kickstarter in 1921

18. Third times the charm

19. Eucatastrophe

20. Dot physics 1976

21. Hot and Cold

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

The Renaissance Mathematicus: A very similar luminous lustre appears when one observes a burning candle from a great distance through a translucent piece of horn.

Atomic Heritage Foundation: Emilio Segrè

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog: The button that isn’t

Biblio: Where’s Waldo Goes to Outer Space

Motherboard: The Demystification of Venus

Astrolabes and Stuff: String Theory – Medieval-style

Equatorium of Jupiter, from Peter Apian's Astronomicum Caesareum (1540)

Equatorium of Jupiter, from Peter Apian’s
Astronomicum Caesareum (1540)

Irish Philosophy: Small and Far Away: Thomas Kingsmill Abbott

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Someone is Wrong on the Internet

APS Physics: This Month in Physics History: December 18, 1926: Gilbert Lewis coins “photon” in letter to Nature

AIP: Oral history Transcript – Dr David Bohm

A Clerk of Oxford: The Anglo-Saxon O Antiphons: O Oriens, O Earendel

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

Richard Who?: Saluting Captain Matthew Flinders

Conciatore: Neri’s Travels

Yovisto: Vitus Bering and his Arctic Expeditions

Vitus Bering’s expedition is wrecked on the Aleutian Islands in 1741

Vitus Bering’s expedition is wrecked on the Aleutian Islands in 1741

Board of Longitude Project: Longitude Legends: Captain Bligh

MEDICINE:

Mosaic: Female condoms: meet the ancestors

© Galton Institute/Wellcome Library

© Galton Institute/Wellcome Library

Medical Heritage Library: What Can We Learn from Hospital Reports?

 

Circulating Now: NLM’s Unique De Fabrica

Pieria: A 17th Century Spreadsheet of Deaths in London

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice: Disturbing Disorders: FOP (Stone Man Syndrome)

Dittrick Museum Blog: Tis the Season for Sneezin! Historical “Cures” for the Common Cold

The Washington Post: Stop freaking out about having babies in your 30s. Your great-grandmother did it, too.

The Sloane Letters Blog: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Yovisto: Ambroise Paré – Renaissance Pioneer in Surgical Techniques

 

Contagions: Expanding the Historical Plague Paradigm

CHEMISTRY:

Mosaic: Colour to dye for

L’Oréal Dia Richesse 1 (black) with 6% peroxide, painted onto photographic film and left for 120 mins. Lead image (top): Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL Pure Purple 86, painted onto photographic film and left for for 20 mins. © Luke Evans

L’Oréal Dia Richesse 1 (black) with 6% peroxide, painted onto photographic film and left for 120 mins. Lead image (top): Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL Pure Purple 86, painted onto photographic film and left for for 20 mins.
© Luke Evans

About Education: Ancient Tattoo Ink Recipe

The Recipes Project: What Was Perfume in the Eighteenth Century?

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

Chemical Heritage Magazine: Ancient DNA

Geological Society of London Blog: Four more geologists you didn’t know were geologists

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) Photo: King

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
Photo: King

Wired: Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

TECHNOLOGY:

Conciatore: The Rise and Fall Reprise

Ptak Science Books: Memory-Inducing-Advertisements–Wartime “nature”, 1942

Ptak Science Books: The Deceive-O-Scope –– the Motion Picture in 1848

Science Friday: Picture of the Week: Mechanical Calculator

BBC: The buildings that would have been impossible

Conciatore: The Bead Trade

Yovisto: Christopher Polhem anticipating the Industrial Revolution

The Long Now: Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine

Archaeology: The Secret Strength of Roman Concrete

Ptak Science Books: History of Lines series: the Geometry of Canon-Fire (1812)

Source: Ptak Science Books

Source: Ptak Science Books

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

The many-headed monster: The editing game…

 

Vice Versa: BIOSOCIAL SCIENCE FROM ITALIAN CRIMINOLOGY TO AMERICAN POST-WAR STUDIES OF PREJUDICE

ScottBot: Digital History, Saturn’s Rings and the Battle of Trafalgar

Environment & Society Portal: Virtual Exhibitions: Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands

Environment & Society Portal: Virtual Exhibitions: Representing environmental risk in the landscapes of US militarization

Canadian Journal of Communication: Vol 39, No. 4 (2014) Bridging Communication and Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Islam & Science: Islam and Science: concordance or Conflict?

Lady Science

Lady Science is a monthly dose of cultural criticism, usually in the form of two easy-to-swallow essays. We focus on stories about women in science, technology and medicine, both in modern, popular media and in history.

Lady Science is a monthly dose of cultural criticism, usually in the form of two easy-to-swallow essays. We focus on stories about women in science, technology and medicine, both in modern, popular media and in history.

American Science: The Epistemology of a Podcast

The Guardian: Against Excellence

Medieval Books: The Medieval Origins of the Modern Footnote

Makers: Exclusive: The White House’s New Initiative Writes STEM Women Back into History

Making Science Public: A compilation of blog posts – 2014

ESOTERIC:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Fiction Reboot: MedHum Mondays Presents: A Review of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

index

H-Net: Kate Hill ed. Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities

NEW BOOKS:

Wired: 17 Ridiculous Victorian Inventions That Didn’t Change the World

The Boot Lever A new book called Inventions That Didn’t Change the World is a compilation of 19th century design ideas that were submitted to the U.K.'s Design Registry, but then never saw the light of day. This lever was designed for pulling on and off boots.  THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, LONDON, ENGLAND 2014. © 2014 CROWN COPYRIGHT.

The Boot Lever A new book called Inventions That Didn’t Change the World is a compilation of 19th century design ideas that were submitted to the U.K.’s Design Registry, but then never saw the light of day. This lever was designed for pulling on and off boots. THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, LONDON, ENGLAND 2014. © 2014 CROWN COPYRIGHT.

Historiens de la santé: The Syon Abbey Herbal: The Last Monastic Herbal in Britain c. AD 1517

The H-Word: Twenty years on from Longitude rewriting the “villainous” Nevil Maskelyne

Historiens de la santé: Henri-François Le Dran (1685-1770) et la chirurgie des lumières Bernard Hoerni 

 

The Oxford Times: Doing right by the also-rans

THEATRE:

FILM:

The New York Review of Books: A poor Imitation of Alan Turing

TELEVISION:

Notches: Masters of Sex: Race, Racism and Responses to Masters and Johnson

Libby Masters (Caitlin Fitzgerald) and Robert Franklin (Jocko Sims) address their mutual attraction in season 2, episode 12 of Masters of Sex

Libby Masters (Caitlin Fitzgerald) and Robert Franklin (Jocko Sims) address their mutual attraction in season 2, episode 12 of Masters of Sex

SLIDE SHARE:

VIDEOS:

Youtube: Disneyland – 3-14 – Our Friend the Atom

RADIO:

BBC: Start the Week: Reinventing Inventions

PODCASTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DPASSH 2015: CfP: 1st Annual Conference on Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 25-26 June 2015 Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

LIVING IN A TOXIC WORLD  (1800-2000):  EXPERTS, ACTIVISM, INDUSTRY AND REGULATION Registration opened for the 8th EUROPEAN SPRING SCHOOL ON HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND POPULARIZATION Maó (Menorca) 14-16 May 2015

Leeds Trinity University: CfP: The British Association for Victorian Studies Conference “Victorian Age(s)” 27-29 August 2015

HQ-4 Conference: CfP: Fourth Conference on History of Quantum Physics San Sebastián, Spain 16-18 July 2015

A Philosopher’s Take: CfP: University of Calgary’s 4th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference: Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburg: Centre for Philosophy of Science: CfP: Diagrams as Vehicles of Scientific Reasoning 10-12 April 2015

hivdiagram

Historien de la santé: CfP: ‘Human Gene Mapping’ and ‘oral History of Human Genetics’ Glasgow 5-6 June 2015

Special Issues of Discipline filosofiche: CfP: Philosophical Analysis and Experimental Philosophy

 

Academia.edu: Empty Spaces: A one-day conference at the Institute of Historical Research (London), 10 April 20151-59fe94706f

The Royal Society: Publish or Perish? The past, present and future of the scientific journal 19-21 March 2015

Elsevier: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science Article Prize

 

Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Fifth Biennial Conference 24-26 June 2015

 

Genève: Appel à communications: Fodéré à la genèse de la médecine légale moderne : doctrines, pratiques, savoirs et réseaux d’experts, des Lumières au début du XXe siècle 26-28 Novembre 2015

University of Warwick: (Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures and Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900 7 March 2015

[IMAGES VIA: BIBLIOTHÈQUE DES CHAMPS LIBRES, CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES GEOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY COLLECTIONS, EWEN ROBERTS, AND INTERNET ARCHIVE BOOK IMAGES.]

[IMAGES VIA: BIBLIOTHÈQUE DES CHAMPS LIBRES, CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES GEOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY COLLECTIONS, EWEN ROBERTS, AND INTERNET ARCHIVE BOOK IMAGES.]

Historiens de la santé: CfP: Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean – a historical perspective 1-4 July 2015 Rio de Janeiro

 

LOOKING FOR WORK:

University of Cambridge: Research and Teaching Associate in Philosophy of Science and Bioethics

University of Reading: Professor of Public Engagement With History

 

Bristol Science Centre: Communications Officer

British Science Association: PR Officer

Queen’s University Belfast: 3-year fully funded PhD project on ‘Evolution and the Hygienic City: Darwinian medicine in fin-de-siècle Belfast’

University of King’s College/Dalhousie University, Halifax: Postdoctoral Fellowship: Science and Technology Studies (STS)/History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, Medicine (HPSTM)

University of Bristol: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, History of Medicine (Life of Breath) based in the Department of Philosophy

University of Virginia: Tenure-Track STS Job: Assistant or Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

The Morgan Library & Museum: Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

CHoM News: 2015-2016 Women in Medicine Fellowship: Application Period Open

Faculté de médecine de l’Université d’Ottawa: Appel à candidatures: Bourses professorales Hannah en histoire de la médecine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #26

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

Whewell's Masthead

Volume #26

Monday 15 December 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. #26

 

EDITORIAL:

The latest edition of Whewell’s Gazette, #26, your weekly #histSTM links list sees the completion of a half year of collecting the best of Internet histories of science, technology and medicine for your perusal and delectation; a point in time to pause and take stock. It’s turned out to be more work than our editorial team first imagined but they’ve settled down to a regular work rhythm and intend to carry on for the foreseeable future.

150 years ago on 8 December George Boole mathematician and logician passed away. The algebraic logic he created, Boolean algebra. Forms the foundation of both the hardware and the software of the computer I’m typing this on as well as the one you are reading it on. This weeks Whewell’s Gazette celebrates the passing of an often neglected and unsung hero of the computer age.

George Boole – 1815–1864

Boole’s gravestone at St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork

Boole’s gravestone at St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork

Irish Philosophy: Ones and Zeros

Forgotten Genius – George Boole: Part 2

Yovisto: George Boole – Founder of Modern Logic

BBC: George Boole and the AND OR NOT gates

Boole meets Babbage Carton 2D Goggles

Boole meets Babbage Carton 2D Goggles

 

The River-side: George Boole’s untimely death

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Killed by Homeopathy

 

The Irish Times: How George Boole gave birth to ‘pure mathematics’

The Renaissance Mathematicus: One of my worst academic puns!

Birthday of the Week:

Annie Jump Cannon (December 11, 1863 – April 13, 194)

Google Doodle

Google Doodle

Straitened Circumstances: Annie Jump Cannon, Featured On Last Week’s Cosmos, As Profiled In “Wonder Women of History”

Annie Jump Cannon outside Wellesley Coolege Hall 1884

Annie Jump Cannon outside Wellesley Coolege Hall 1884

She is an Astronomer: Annie Cannon (1863–1941)

Annie Jump Cannon with Henrietta Swan Leavitt in 1913

Annie Jump Cannon with Henrietta Swan Leavitt in 1913

Search Engine Land: Annie Jump Cannon Google Logo Marks The 151st Birthday Of The Famous Female Astronomer

Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon

Yovisto: Annie Jump Cannon and the Catalogue of Stars

Uncertain Principles: Advent Calendar of Science Stories

  1. The First GMO

9. Newton’s Bodkin

The page from Isaac Newton's journal where he described using a needly to poke the back of his eyeball. From the Cambridge University library.

The page from Isaac Newton’s journal where he described using a needly to poke the back of his eyeball. From the Cambridge University library.

10. Anagrams. Oy.

11: Feynman’s Plate

 

  1. Time Tables

13. Timing Light

14. A Slip of Card

The Rise and Fall of a Nobel Laureate:

A strange episode in the modern history of science has now turned positively weird! It turns out that a Russian billionaire paid all of that money for James Watson’s Nobel Prize medal and is giving it back to him whilst allowing him to keep the money.

Genotopia: Having His Medal and Selling It Too

Now Appearing: Defending James Watson

On Watson, humanity, and science heroes

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY:

IEEE Spectrum: The Long Road to Maxwell’s Equations

Atomic Heritage Foundation: James Chadwick

The Appendix: Atomic Anxiety and the Tooth Fairy: Citizen Science in the Midcentury Midwest

Button pins like this one were sent to children in recognition of their donation of a tooth. St. Louis Post-Dispatch August 1, 2013

Button pins like this one were sent to children in recognition of their donation of a tooth.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch August 1, 2013

AIP: Oral History Transcript – Max Born

AIP: The Tale of the Hat: An Oral History

Our Niels Bohr statue in the reading room looking festive.

Our Niels Bohr statue in the reading room looking festive.

Slate: Spin a 3-D Representation of a Beautiful 17th-Century Celestial Globe

APS Physics: This Month in Physics History: December 1958: Invention of the Laser

Bildgeist: Tycho Brahe, Astronomical Instruments (1598)

EXPLORATION and CARTOGRAPHY:

APS: A chart of the zodiacal stars, used in finding the longitude at sea by the moon

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Slate: An Early Arctic Explorer’s Dramatic Drawings of the Frozen North

Royal Museums Greenwich: Eccentric ideas for the discovery of Longitude

MEDICINE:

Winnipeg Free Press: A Lasting Legacy of Science

Advances in the History of Psychology: APA Monitor: “Silenced Voices,” the Work of David Boder

Perspectives on History: Genetics as a Historicist Discipline: A New Player in Disease History

AEON: Risky medicine

Early Modern Medicine: Medicine, the weather and Wilkes

Doctor visiting a patient c.1750 courtesy of Rijksmuseum

Doctor visiting a patient c.1750 courtesy of Rijksmuseum

Culture 24: Ancient hypnosis techniques which spawned Freud’s couch revealed in madness, murder and mental healing

The Recipes Project: Follow the Recipe! Un/Authorizing Muslim Women’s Cosmetic Expertise in the Medieval and Early Modern West

Medievalist.net: Plague Remedies from Renaissance Italy

Medievalist.net: The Medieval Globe launches with special issue on the Black Death

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The History of Emotions Blog: Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender Health

CHEMISTRY:

Homunculus: Chemistry for the kids – a view from the vaults

 

Conciatore: Royal Apothecary Reprise

Conciatore: Making Connections

CHF: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Dittrick Museum Blog: The Colorful Chemistry of Show Globes

Whitall, Tatum, & Co, 1897

Whitall, Tatum, & Co, 1897

Nadia Berenstein: Skunkiness, Coffee Chemistry, and Naturalism in Flavor

 

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES:

BBC: Earth: The 9 rarest plants in the world

UCL Museum & Collections Blog: Specimen of the Week: Week 165

Infant orang-utan, Pongo sp. LDUCZ-Z2064

Infant orang-utan, Pongo sp. LDUCZ-Z2064

Daily News: Missing brains mystery solved at the University of Texas

EGU Blogs: Imaggeo on Mondays: An ancient landscape and the never setting sun

Molecular Ecologist: “Hurrah! Hurrah!” DNA barcoding and the lost story of Darwin’s meadow

 

Yovisto: Jan Ingenhousz and Photosynthesis

JHU Press: The modern period: why the history of menstruation is about so much more than blood and Kotex

Concocting Science: Breastmilk and other bodily fluids

 

Biodiversity Library Exhibition: Early Women in Science

Florence Merriam Bailey Smithsonian Institute

Florence Merriam Bailey
Smithsonian Institute

 

Nautilus: Turning Back the Clock on Human Evolution

Until Darwin: Excerpt from the Introduction to Until Darwin: Science & the Origins of Race (2010)

Letters from Gondwana: Early Studies of South American Fossils

Notches: Challenging Heterosexism: The Haringey Experiment, 1986–1987

Mental Floss: How One Woman’s Discovery Shook the Foundation of Geology

Geological Curators’ Group: Six Questions for a Geological Curator – Isla Gladstone – Bristol

The Embryo Project: American Eugenics Society (1926–1972)

Trowelblazers: The Trowelblazing Enigma: Can you help us solve a trowelblazing mystery?

 

Who is this unknown trowelblazer examining the Kimmeridge Clay at Bliss’s Pitt, Stewkley, Bucks? Digitised from the Geologists’ Association Carreck Archive, reproduced with permission of the British Geological Survey.

Who is this unknown trowelblazer examining the Kimmeridge Clay at Bliss’s Pitt, Stewkley, Bucks? Digitised from the Geologists’ Association Carreck Archive, reproduced with permission of the British Geological Survey.

Yovisto: Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet and his Battle against Phylloxera

 

TECHNOLOGY:

History Today: The Clifton Suspension Bridge opened: Brune’s crossing opened December 8th, 1864

Two Nerdy History Girls: No smoking in the house, please

M: Watch the A-10 Movie the U.S. Air Force Doesn’t Want You to See: Official film praises the same jet the flying branch wants to retire

Atlas Obscura: Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant

Yovisto: The Most Accurate Instruments of Gemma Frisius

Brown Alumni Magazine: Party Line

 

Ptak Science Books: A (possibly) Famous Chair

 

M: Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo

Yovisto: Maria Telkes and the Power of the Sun

Ether Wave Propaganda: Schaffer on Machine Philosophy, Pt. 5b: Automata and the Enlightenment

Yovisto: Hans von Ohain and the Jet Engine

META – HISTORIOGRAPHY, THEORY, RESOURCES and OTHER:

British Council: Voices: Trying to explain science to the public is not a new thing

Museum of Marco Polo: For curious museum lovers everywhere

Caltech: Don L. Anderson 1933–2014 Obituary

Notre Dame News: Notre Dame’ Reilly Center releases 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

University of Cambridge: CRASSH: The Total Archive: Dreams of Universal Knowledge from the Encyclopaedia to Big Data 19-20 March 2015

 

Conecta: Russian History of Medicine

edSurge: Celebrating Grace Hopper’s Legacy in the Computer Science Classroom

CENHS: The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

Culture 24: Science Museum to care for “precious” Sir Patrick Moore archive collected at astronomer’s home

Making Science Public: Hype, honesty and trust

Harvard Gazette: Crowdsourcing old journals

AEON: Future Perfect: Social progress, high-speed transport and electricity everywhere – how the Victorians invented the future

Detail from Paul Pry's (aka William Heath) 'March of Intellect' series featuring (and lampooning) fantastical modes of trasnport c. 1828. Photo by SSPL/Getty

Detail from Paul Pry’s (aka William Heath) ‘March of Intellect’ series featuring (and lampooning) fantastical modes of trasnport c. 1828. Photo by SSPL/Getty

ArchivesNext: Looking for history-related crowdsourcing projects for new site

Oxford Journals: Making the Case for History in Medical Education

Uncertain Principles: The Problem of Science Stories

Ptak Science Books: Magic in Nature, 1896

Symbiartic: Women in Science Illustrations

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The #EnvHist Weekly

The Royal Society – Pinterest: Pattern Inspiration

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Chemical Heritage Magazine

 

American Science: A Great Resource for Early American Science

British Library – Medieval manuscripts blog: An Early Holiday Present: Forty-six new Greek manuscripts online

University of Glasgow Library: Glasgow Incunabula Project Update

Conciatore: Francesco’s Studiolo

 

ESOTERIC:

BOOK REVIEWS:

George Campbell Gosling: Reviewing Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America 1877-1917

The Guardian: The best science books of 2014

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Retelling a story – this time with all the facts: Review of Finding Longitude

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Physics Today: The year in review: Five books that stood out in 2014

Science Friday: The Best Science Books of 2014

The Atlantic: Empire of Cotton

NEW BOOKS:

Amazon: The Quantum Dissidents: Rebuilding the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1950–1990)

Routledge: Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives

Whatever: The Big Idea: Chad Orzel: Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist

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Nouveautés Éditeurs: Éric Simac (1874-1913) : Un oublié du “mouvement de libération” homosexuel de la Belle Époque

C19 MAD MEN: New Book Out Now: Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

Historiens de la santé: Santé et société à Montpellier à la fin du Moyen Âge Geneviève Dumas

Marcial Pons: Arte y Ciencia en el Barroco español Marcaida López, José Ramón

THEATRE:

FILM:

TELEVISION:

SLIDE SHARE:

VIDEOS:

BBC The Sky at Night: 1963 Bases on the Moon

CBC Digital Archive: 1986: John Polyani awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Tom Mcleish Faith and Wisdom in Science

Alfred Binet: Vie et carriere

West Midlands History: Erasmus Darwin

RADIO:

PODCASTS:

White House: The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

Radiolab: Buttons Not Buttons by Alex Wellerstein (@wellerstein)

The Royal Society: The private life of Isaac Newton

Portrait of Isaac Newton by François Boucher (1741) Credit: © The Royal Society

Portrait of Isaac Newton by François Boucher (1741) Credit: © The Royal Society

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Society of the Social History of Medicine: CfP: Australian and New Zealand Society of the history of Medicine – 14th Biennial Conference 30 June – 4 July 2015 Sydney

Historiens de la santé: European Association for the History of Medicine and Heath (EAHMH) book prize: Call for submissions

University of Southampton: CfP: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Period 15-16 June 2015

H-madness: Call for thesis abstracts

CHSTM – University of Manchester: CfP: Pedigree Chums: The Dog in 20th century Science – Science in the 20th century Dog 26 June 2015

Science Museum: The Longitude Project and Exhibition in Retrospect 17 December 2014

Women and Land: CfP: Women, land and the making of the British Landscape, 1300–1900 29-30 June 2015 University of Hull

University of Durham: CfP: History of Thermodynamics and Scientific Realism 12 May 2015

 

Social History Curators Group: CfP: A Toast to the Future! New ways of engaging June 2015

University of London: Institute of Latin American Studies: CfP: New historical perspectives on nature and knowledge in Latin America 22 May 2015

University of Manchester: CfP: Stories of Science: Exploring Science Communication and Entertainment Media 4-5 June 2015

 

ChoM News: Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine “Infant Science: Global Intervention and Production of Knowledge around Infant Mortality, 1942-1965″December 18 2014

LOOKING FOR WORK:

The John Carter Brown Library: Short- and Long-Term Fellowship at the JBC

University of Edinburgh: Postgraduate Philosophy

University of Cambridge: Department of History and Philosophy of Science: Funding for graduate students

University of Kent: Science, Government and Reputation: The Role of the Royal Observatory in the 20th century – University of Kent 50th Anniversary Project-based PhD Research Scholarship

 

Queen Mary: University of London: The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Postgraduate Study

Birkbeck: University of London: History of Science and Medicine (MA)

University of Cambridge: Research and Teaching Associate in Philosophy of Science and Bioethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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