The challenge of manipulating microscopic objects has given rise to various clever and intricate mechanisms each with its own advantages and peculiarities. It is possible to get a reasonably complete picture of the technology of micromanipulation because it has been used in a fairly narrow range of scientific settings. Such an overview lets us observe the evolution of …
Historian of science Andreas Sommer, who blogs at Forbidden Histories, just announced the publication of a special section on the history of psychical research and parapsychology, published in the Elsevier journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Usually, articles in this journal would be unavailable to most people, but this time […]
This handprint on one of the bricks of the wall surrounding the old campus was very likely made by a slave. Photo credit: Slavery at South Carolina College team.
Continued from Part 1.
As well as trying to convey a sense of these enslaved workers as people, the team of graduate students working on the “Slavery at South Carolina College” website also sought to connect this history to the physical landscape. Harnessing the power of place to tell the story of slavery, we emphasized the built envir… »
The British Journal of Medicine described the 1856 edition (ours is from 1859) of this work as follows: “This is a pretty little book, containing all that it is needful for the amateur doctor to know concerning the external use of arnica, calendula, cantharides, ledum, ruta and rhus toxicodendhron. It is illustrated with very pretty coloured representations of the plants above named, which however, as Mr. Primrose’s critic would have said, ‘might have been better if the artist had taken more p… »
Simone Zweifel, Tillmann Taape “Reading How-To. The Uses and Users of Artisanal Recipes” took place at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin on 19 and 20 September 2014. Organised by, Sven Dupré, Elaine Leong and … Continue reading →
The MHL was kind enough to extend an invitation to guest-post regarding my usage of the MHL in the preparation of The Second Book. In this post, then, I will try to describe The Second Book as best I can, so as to frame the significance of the MHL’s holdings and resources for my work, as well as to describe specifically how I use the MHL in my daily research. Okay, sometimes the research is more like “weekly” or even “biweekly” than daily. . .
The Second Book has a working title of “Truth, Obje… »
In 1802 Ferdinando Davis was executed at Nottingham gallows for the crime of highway robbery. Before the dawn of the Victorian era in 1832 one James Cook was similarly ‘launched into eternity’ for the murder and robbery of a Mr. Paas in Leicester. The lives of these two men were recounted in contemporary execution broadsides, [&hellip
How many books do you read each year? How many books do you read because a friend, family member, or colleague recommended them to you? How many do you read and purchase because you read a favorable review online? Book reviews serve as important guides for potential book readers and buyers. In this post you […]
The Roslin Institute was established in 1993 in the village of Roslin, Scotland, as an independent research center by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and as of 2014 is part of the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Researchers at the Roslin Institute cloned the Dolly the sheep in 1996.
WILLIAMSBURG — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative dramatic production of "Beloved Women of Chota: War Women of the Cherokee" debuts on the Revolutionary City’s Charlton Stage Oct. 18, commemorating the Cherokee peoples’ ties to Virginia’s 18th-century capital.
by Andrew Smith (UCL)
As a contemporary historian, I don’t see many illuminated manuscripts. I don’t see many handwritten sources either, if I’m honest. Much of what I end up looking at is in the tidy, typewritten order of the 1940s and beyond.
One of the most unexpected joys, therefore, is discovering the marginalia of the bureaucratic scribbler. The anguished cries of someone annotating committee minutes can amuse, for sure, but far better is the idle imaginings of someone reviewing tedious… »
The eighteenth century brought with it a new interest in science and, perhaps more importantly, brought science into the public domain for perhaps the first time. Whereas scientific experiments had once been the domain of dilettante gentlemen, locked away in august institutions such as the Royal Society, more people were becoming aware of just how interesting – and indeed fun –science could be. Public demonstrations were one means through which people could learn about the latest ideas and inve… »
By Jorge Iber, PhD
Texas Tech University
In my first two posts for this blog, the intention was to introduce the readers to the significance of the role of Latinos/as in US sports history, and then, to provide but one example of an individual whose life and career (Coach E.C. Lerma from Duval County, Texas) highlighted some of the key issues/themes that can be examined through a systematic examination of Spanish-surnamed athletes. In this post, I would like to be a bit more theoretical than pr… »
Revolutionary War history courses generally teach students about the actions of men on the battlefield. But women’s lives during that time were largely centered on the home, and any political influence they achieved was through their husbands. In this class, Professor Catherine Allgor of the University of California-Riverside teaches about the lives of women in the early American republic.
Experience is an ongoing series of interviews in which leading scholars at Harvard speak from the intersection of their personal and professional paths. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich follows Melissa Franklin, Stephen Greenblatt, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Martha Minow, Steven Pinker, Walter Willett, and E.O. Wilson.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor, a feminist scholar with a taste for history from the bottom up and an appreciation for the pedagogic power of art… »
By Whitney Strub
Sometimes the queer stars align right when it’s needed most. Philadelphia has spent the past few decades effectively cultivating an LGBT-friendly reputation, as witnessed in last year’s groundbreaking trans-affirmative city ordinance. But a recent, vicious gaybashing incident in Center City, not to mention Pennsylvania’s unfortunate precedent as the first state (singular until very recently) where same-sex marriage is perversely recognized under law and yet can lead to one’s fi… »
Cambridge University Press has published their first Open Access and *free* book- fittingly kicking off with The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi & David Armitage You can download The History Manifesto here: http://historymanifesto.cambridge.org/ How should historians speak truth to power …
Like many New Englanders, I followed the recent Market Basket labor strike with near-obsessive interest. Of course, a small, selfish part of me was irked that my "More for Your Dollar" shopping had been temporarily suspended. But beyond that, I was inspired by the employees’ bravery and revolutionary spirit. After weeks of negotiations and uncertainty, I was pleasantly surprised that the workers had triumphed over the CEOs. I’d noticed two important things while following the story; first, that… »
In January 1945, LIFE magazine published a groundbreaking story, featuring dozens of photographs by Ralph Morse, chronicling the journey of a badly wounded American medic named George Lott from a battlefield in northeastern France to a veterans’ hospital in the States.
By Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN The World Health Organization has now estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola a week are projected within two months if more is not done to combat this emerging crisis. Two health care workers have now been diagnosed in the United States, […]
This post was contributed by Dr Louise Hide, Honorary Research Fellow in Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
In July 1905, a young draper’s assistant from south-east London was admitted to Bexley Asylum. Gertrude L. was 25 and this was her third admission into a lunatic asylum.
Initially, she was described as ‘strange and irrational in manner’. But by January 1906, she was corresponding with her friends on the outside. One letter that was copied and left in her case file… »
Alan Barenberg is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. His new book is Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta. Here Barenberg explains the connection of the book’s cover to the pages within:The cover image comes from a collection of photographs that Polish prisoners took after they were released from a prison camp in Vorkuta, an Arctic camp complex
One of the nice things about having multiple editions of a work is that you can see how they differ from one another. Take a look at the title page for a 1560 edition of Juan Valverde de Amusco’s Anatomia del corpo humano printed in Rome.
This has a lot of features that we’d expect to see on an anatomical title page from this time period. You can see a public anatomy lesson at the very bottom, and the pig and monkey on the top refer to the fact that these animals were often used in anatomic… »
“But when fundamentals are doubted, as at present, we must try to recover the candour and wonder of the child; the unspoilt realism of and objectivity of innocence. Or, if we cannot do that, we must try at least to shake off the cloud of mere custom and see the thing as new, if only by seeing it as unnatural.” – G K Chesterton
I am passionate about ensuring that history is taught with a sense of contingency and agency. Seldom is there anything more boring than a recitation of dates and data that »
This rant has been a long time coming. It is occasioned by two tweets. Here is the first: Here is the second (it’s the one in the middle, by Tim Hitchcock): I do not know Simon Schama and Tim Hitchcock. I do admire their work, and the important contributions they have made both to our…
Casey Schmitt returns with a second guest post. If you missed it, be sure and read her first post on the value of storytelling and the use of audiobook primary sources in the classroom here. A little over a year ago, I switched research interests from the study of eighteenth-century contraband trade between Jamaica and […]
By Michael Sappol
Is empathy innate? Are we all born with the ability to identify with the emotions of others, to feel someone else’s pain? Today’s media is chock full of stories about experiments in neuroscience and child psychology that seem to show that the emergence and growth of the ability to empathize is a natural part of human psychological development, present even in toddlers.
Yet human beings periodically commit terrible acts of cruelty and violence, and are often indifferent to suff… »
The Soviet exhibit’s banner in Moscow read: “Ancient Humans: Production and Consumption Elevate Humans Above Other Animals.”
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