In 1957, a BBC Panorama documentary on natural childbirth showed a five second clip of a woman giving birth, the first time a baby being born was televised in Britain. While newspapers at the time questioned whether the controversial scenes should have been shown, today thousands of viewers tune in as the entire labour process is captured on the award winning documentary One Born Every Minute. Indeed, there have been a number of changes to childbirth since the 1950s, including a move from home … »
At the moment, I’m focusing on two things: swimming, and an article. The article is based on the archival research I did for my doctorate, but which also addresses several other fields, fields that aren’t really in my comfort zone. To give you an idea, my doctoral research was into the lives of the singers and storytellers that a man named Félix Arnaudin collected folklore from at the end of the nineteenth century. An obvious field to address this to is other folklorists working today, and that… »
Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 20 July 1914 Austria to continue her advance Belgrade shelled Attack on Servian capital reported
The peace of Europe depends upon the will of Russia. If she decides to support Servia in the field nothing can save Europe from a great war. Mr. Asquith in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon said the situation at the moment was one of extreme gravity, and the British government were doing everything to circumscribe the area of possible confli… »
30 July 2014
The Wellcome Library and Jisc today announce nine partner institutions whose holdings will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library, an online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences.
Six university libraries have joined the partnership – University College London, University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and University of Bristol – along with the libraries of the Royal Colle… »
Leiden University offers outstanding international students an intellectually exciting learning environment with high academic standards. Rather than concentrating on knowledge transfer, the focus is on debate and critical thinking whereby students’ abilities to think independently is greatly stimulated.
This July we commemorate the centenary of the First World War and remember those men who served in the various armies of all nations. Two such men were brothers Thomas and Joseph McEnroe, who served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and between them their experience covers the war years between 1914 and 1918. This album … Continue reading →
Over the last two years, New York art director, Kevin Weir, has been selecting historic photographs from The Library of Congress flickr stream and using them to create animated GIFs, which he shares on his blog. The results are delightfully absurd and utterly compelling. I was surprised to find that so many of the photographs chosen by Weir were taken during the Great War. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Artists have long drawn from traditions of absurdity and surrealism to understand and expr… »
We are excited to welcome nine UK research library partners to the UK Medical Heritage Library project. These libraries will be making their historic collections available for digitisation alongside the Wellcome Library’s own 19th century works. They make up the bulk of the 15 million page goal made possible by funding from the Higher Education and Funding Council for England and Jisc.
The nine partners include:
6 university libraries:
UCL (University College London)
University of Leeds
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Monday 28 July 2014
Another week and another edition of the history of science, medicine and technology weekly digest for your delectation. This weeks featured birthday is British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin who was born 25 July 1920 and gained fame chiefly for her picture of the DNA crys… »
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 Volume #6 Monday 28 July 2014 EDITORIAL: Another week and another edition of the history of science, medicine and technology weekly digest for your delectation. This weeks featured birthday…
We invite proposals for the third Lodge workshop, ‘Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering’, to be held at the University of Liverpool on the 31 October 2014.
Oliver Lodge was a defender of pure science, particularly in the modern university, yet he took a keen interest in how science might be applied throughout his career, taking out patents and setting up businesses. This workshop, which will take place in the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Building, the opening of »
Historical and Cultural Geographies of Woods and Forests – CFP – Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. CFP – Forest and woods session at ICHG http://www.ichg2015.org convened by Carl Griffin (Sussex) and Charles Watkins (Nottingham)
I have been working my way through the fascinating collection of digitised receipt books at the Wellcome Library. As keeper, feeder and walker of two children, a shift-working husband and a dog, archive days are pretty hard to come by and I therefore feel utterly justified in doing a little victory dance when such rich and personal sources are made available to me through the magic of the internet. There is, however, a downside. I am an information magpie – I am easily distracted by sparkly lit… »
In 1868 in England, Charles Darwin proposed his pangenesis theory to describe the units of inheritance between parents and offspring and the processes by which those units control development in offspring. Darwin coined the concept of gemmules, which he said referred to hypothesized minute particles of inheritance thrown off by all cells of the body.
On July 25, 1920 the English biophysicist Rosalind Franklin was born. She was instrumental in discovering the molecular structure of DNA, though her vital contributions were only posthumously acknowledged. After receiving her PhD from Cambridge in 1945 she worked as a research associate for John Randall at King’s College in London. Beginning in early 1951…
Marc-William Palen History Department, University of Exeter Follow on Twitter @MWPalen
William Appleman Williams is considered the founder of the “strongly influential” Wisconsin School of U.S. foreign relations imperial history that took root from within the History Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Williams’s book The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, first published in 1959, was the first of many revisionist imperial histories of American foreign policy that appeared amid what »
Dr Kim McLean-Fiander
In 2013, CofK announced that I (a CofK alumna and former Digital Editor of EMLO) had received a two-year British Academy/Leverhulme grant with my co-investigator, Professor James Daybell of Plymouth University, to produce a sister project to EMLO called WEMLO: Women’s Early Modern Letters Online.
Today, I’m providing an update on what WEMLO has accomplished in the past year and what’s on our agenda for the upcoming year.
In August 2013, James and I held the first WEMLO wo… »
Any readers who follow our social media accounts about Harvey (@FWHarvey on Twitter, and here on Facebook) will probably be aware that Harvey’s “lost novel” has been adapted as a play titled ‘Will Harvey’s War’ at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham as the launch event for the Gloucestershire Remembers WWI community outreach programme (the play runs from 30 July to 2 August 2014). Additionally, the novel has been published internationally by the History Press.
Last night, ITV West Country News a… »
Linkcube Studio is raising funds for Skea – Smart Kegel Exercise Aid on Kickstarter! Playing games while training your pelvic floor muscles at the same time! Skea is the world’s most caring and fun Kegel Exercise aid.
One of the best known scenes in Martin Scorcese’s 2002 movie Gangs of New York is that which depicts the enlistment of Irish emigrants ‘straight off the boat’ into the Union army. The seemingly unsuspecting men are quickly dressed in uniform and packed off for the front, even as those unfortunates who have gone before are brought back in coffins. This scene is one of the most influential in dictating modern memory of Irish recruitment into the Union army. The popular image of thousands of Irish… »
Thursday 30 January 1840 Somberly, Miss Martin calls the two little boys to her. Tomorrow their thirty day sentence will be up and they will leave her charge. Since their boisterous cellmates departed last weekend, the hours have slipped by slowly without incident. The Gaoler has not been required to reprimand the young boys who…
There are strange pig tails in the midnight sun From men who moil for hog’s stones The science trails have their secret tales That would make monstrous piglets groan; The English nights have seen queer sights But the queerest they ever did see Was that marge on the note of Stephen Gray Concerned with porcine […]
Birth involves the act of parturition, the beginning of the human life course and the expansion of the family unit. Throughout history, birth has been monitored and managed by individuals, institutions and the state – directly and indirectly – due […]
On this date, 163 years ago, a Russian daguerrotypist named Berkowski (first name unknown), took the first photograph of a solar eclipse, using an 84-second exposure. What celestial event would you most like to photograph?
(Image credit: Berkowski)
The post Photo Of The Day: Total Eclipse of the Sun appeared first on World Science Festival.
During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the United States, Leonard Hayflick studied the processes by which cells age. In 1961 at the Wistar Institute in the US, Hayflick researched a phenomenon later called the Hayflick Limit, or the claim that normal human cells can only divide forty to sixty times before they cannot divide any further.
It’s easy to assume that we know what pain is. We’ve all experienced pain, from scraped knees and toothaches to migraines and heart attacks. When people suffer around us, or we witness a loved one in pain, we can also begin to ‘feel’ with them. But is this the end of the story?
In the three videos below Joanna Bourke, author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers, talks about her fascination with pain from a historical perspective. She argues that the ways in which people respond to w… »
Livres patrimoniaux en texte intégral, images historiques, conférences audio et vidéo, cartes, travaux de recherche sur la Caraïbe, le plateau des Guyane, l’Amazonie et les régions ou centres d’intérêt liés à ces territoires.
Manioc is a digital specialized library on the Caribbean, the Amazon, Guyana and regions or areas of interest related to these countries.
Manioc es una biblioteca digital especializada en el Caribe, la Amazonia, Guyana, Guyana y la meseta de las regiones o áreas de int…
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series on the “crisis” in the humanities. A post introducing the series can be found here.
Pottery wheel demonstration at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo credit: Derek Jensen
In the past few years, the airwaves have been filled with angst about the state of the humanities, primarily in college and university humanities departments. Humanities at the Crossroads (HAC), a national initiative to examine the future of the »
This week we celebrate the 379th birthday of Robert Hooke, a Fellow of the Royal Society and key figure of early modern natural history and natural philosophy, born on 28 July 1635. Many of Hooke’s innovations paved the way for a more rigorous scientific analysis of materials, for which we in Collection Care are very grateful. To mark the occasion we are thrilled to host a guest post from Puck Fletcher who has just completed a doctorate on space, spatiality, and epistemology in Hooke, Boyle, Ne… »
Photo by Douglas Levere
Twentieth-Century China Editor Kristin Stapleton came on board in 2014. The modern China scholar, based at University of Buffalo, recently took some time out of her schedule to talk about her goals for the journal, advice for young scholars, and her summer reading list. Read the Q&A below:
China’s New Sorrow: Water-Management Policies, Environmental Degradation, and Salar-Tibetan Minority Relations in Qinghai Province, 1862-1978 Acting out Reform: Thea… »
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. It is hard to overstate the impact of this event to the world at the time; the moon landing was a major victory for America in the space race between the US and USSR, and was a moment shared with the entire nation through the expanding medium of television.
The moon landing holds even additional significance for my generation as it represented the fulfillment of President Kennedy’s bold promise that America »
In the summer issue of Perspectives on History, published online, historians wrote about the historical context of the Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In “Property v. Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Radical Break with Its Historical Treatment of Corporations,” Ruth H. Bloch and Naomi R. Lamoreaux examine the legal history surrounding the rights of corporations. Alonzo Hamby reflects on the Hobby Lobby case as representing a cultural conflict, and John Fea writes about it in the c… »
Blog 20: Contemplating Time and Tide in the Sailor’s Magazine
When nineteenth-century Britons stood facing the ocean, what did they think about?
Did they rejoice in the healthy sea breezes? Fret about a French invasion? Did they daydream about travel, worry about stock market crashes, plot the conversion of unbelievers in far-flung colonies? Or, watching the waves themselves, did they marvel at the scientific achievement represented by the compilation of precise tide tables for the entire plan… »
Category: Research | Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences | Department: English & Creative Writing | Closing Date: 11 Aug 2014 | Working on the MHRA funded Davy Letters Project you will assist the Project’s PI, Professor Sharon Ruston to work on the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy, a four-volume print edition to be published by the Oxford University Press in 2018. You will have a PhD in history or literature (or award within 12 months) concentrating on the eighteenth and/or ninetee… »
Today is a red-letter day for readers of The Renaissance Mathematicus; I have succeeded in cajoling, seducing, bullying, bribing, inducing, tempting, luring, sweet-talking, coaxing, coercing, enticing, beguiling Harvard University’s very own Dr Melinda Baldwin into writing a guest post on the history of the term scientist, in particular its very rocky path to acceptance by the scientific community. First coined by William Whewell at the third annual meeting of the British Association for the… »
Uebersicht von Menge und Güte der Wein-Erträge in dem vormaligen Herzogthume Naussau in den Jahren 1682 bis 1884.
Some of you may recall that I have an interest in wine related tables which is reflected in such posts as A Visual History of Wine Gauging Tables. This interest led me to Heinrich Wilhelm Dahlen’s book Karte und Statistik des Weinbaues im Rheingau und sämmtlicher sonstigen Weinbau (1885) that is full of viticultural statistics for the Rheingau and other areas. Though these stati… »
<p><p>To those not engaged in the practice of scientific research, or telling the story of this enterprise, the image of empirical observation may conjure up images of boredom more than anything else. Yet surprisingly, the profoundly uninteresting nature of research to many science workers and readers in history has received little attention. This paper seeks to examine one moment of encroaching boredom: nineteenth-century positional astronomy as practised at leading observatories. Though possi…
A new exhibit is on view in the Medical Historical Library, curated by Charlotte Abney, graduate student in the History of Science and Medicine program. The materials in this exhibit are part of the recently donated collection of William Drenttel (1953-2013). A graphic designer with an interest in chemistry, Drenttel collected over 200 books, advertisements, collectibles, and other objects documenting the development of the periodic table and the incorporation of its components into graphic des…
Introduction Canary Island wines were not just popular for their taste but also for their medicinal value. In addition to their use by Dr. Thomas Sydenham in London their medical use is documented in such countries as France by the early pioneer in geriatrics Francois Ranchin, "Talia autem funt canarium album spirituosum admodum & substantisicum…