Henry Davis Sleeper was many things. He was one of America’s first professional interior decorators. He was a member of New England’s elite in the early twentieth century. He remained unmarried. He was gay. The details of this story that […]
A pre-print version of Richard Noakes’ thought-provoking article looking at the complex relationship between unorthodox and established sciences is now available for download on the website of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
HAUNTED THOUGHTS OF THE CAREFUL EXPERIMENTALIST: PSYCHICAL RESEARCH AND THE TROUBLES OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
Richard Noakes, University of Exeter
Abstract This paper analyses the relationship between the ‘elusive’ science of psychic… »
Bert van de Roemer explores the curiosity cabinets of the Dutch collector Levinus Vincent and how the aesthetic drive behind his meticulous ordering of the contents was in essence religious, an attempt to emphasise the wonder of God’s creations by restoring the natural world to its prelapsarian harmony.
According to a recent post that’s gone viral among science and history nerds, the first baby born to a mother under anaesthesia named her baby Anaesthesia. It’s an amusing fun fact. But unfortunately, it’s too good to be true. Anaesthesia was reportedly a nickname sometimes used by the doctor who delivered the baby girl in 1847, but her real name was Wilhelmina.
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This sketch by L. Penn Bird was one of the illustrations that accompanied Netley Lucas’s short story “Vanity’s Consequence,” published in the popular Sovereign magazine in October 1925. It shows the New Zealand ex-soldier Joe – respectable married man by day, expert burglar by night – and his unsuspecting wife, Lucy, surprised at home by a knock at the door. Set against Lucas’s text, Bird’s illustration imagines the persistent anxieties that accompany a life of crime, and anticipates the dram… »
The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson; comprising also a history of the invention and introduction of the railway
locomotive. By SAMUEL SMILES, author of ‘Self-Help,’ ‘The Hugenots,’ etc. Published Harper Brothers, New York, ca. 1868 – with additional images added to this
This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
“Would you like to see the brain collection?” my guide asked, as we finished our tour of the Yale School of Medicine. What scientist could resist?
I was expecting an impersonal chamber crammed with specimens and devices. Perhaps a brightly lit, crowded, antiseptic room, like the research bays we had just been exploring. Or an old-fashioned version, resembling an untidy apothecary’s shop packed with mysterious jars.
But when we entered the C… »
Five years ago, I began to write daily in these pages without any expectation of where it might lead or what the outcome might be, and now the business of seeking a story and getting photographs and putting it all together has become my way of life. I consider myself privileged to pursue an occupation that offers such a constantly renewing source of interest, avoiding any possibility of boredom and providing an ongoing education upon the subject of human life.
Regular readers will be familiar w… »
I suggest how to leave the dispute about historical responsibility for climate change behind and unleash the power of example.. Enter one of 18 contests on what to do about climate change. Comment, collaborate, share, submit your ideas!
By Lucinda Matthews-Jones
I hope the advice below helps all those about to start short term teaching contracts. I’m no expert but I have had three temporary lectureships and what I offer below has been learnt in hindsight and through experience.
You’ve been appointed because you’ve convinced an interview panel that you’re the best person to teach their students. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve been dazzled by your proposed module options but rather that you’ve persuaded them… »
By Andrew D. Linden and Lindsay Parks Pieper
The first five men to cross the stage ranged in age from 60 to 69. As the caller announced the required bodybuilding positions—“front double biceps” or “back lat spread”—the men flexed, leaned, turned, tightened, and contracted on cue. After finishing the group poses, the individual athletes performed solo routines, highlighting different parts of their muscular physiques. While this contest followed the policies of most bodybuilding competitions, s… »
In the wake of the murder of Michael Brown, and amidst this long moment of national black mourning, I want to pause with one voice (or, set of voices). That is the voice of Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, whose open letter to Michael Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., calls out to an historical community of black women who have lost their children at the hands of white America’s racism. Fulton refuses to offer platitudes, denies easy answers, … »
For many Americans, the phrase “California history” sounds like an oxymoron. Born out of a Gold Rush and two World Wars, the Golden State, to easterners, has always seemed like the new kid on the block. Californians might have aided in such perceptions, notes the 1970s dean of West Coast literature, Joan Didion. “You might […]
Periodicals were an essential part of, and reflected all aspects of Victorian culture, including the Victorians’ interest in the past. The Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database (PHVM) derives from a project on popular presentations of history in Victorian magazines:
“Histories for the Many: Historical Lifeworlds in Victorian Family, Women’s and Children’s Periodicals” – “Geschichte(n) für viele: Historische Lebenswelten in Familien-, Frauen- und Kinderzeitschriften des viktorianischen… »
Listen to Eavesdropping Ep16: Constructive Empiricism by Sententias: Constructive empiricism (CE), primarily developed by Bas van Fraassen, regards theoretical identities rather than realistically. CE allow… | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.
“Pain has become our fifth vital sign.” Speaking last fall at a New Jersey symposium on pain management called “Do No Harm,” the chairman of emergency services at Hackensack University Medical Center said what his audience of doctors and nurses hardly needed to be told. We are all familiar with the medical routine: The thermometer beeps, the blood pressure gauge sighs, breaths and pulse are recorded—and then we’re asked, these days, how much it hurts on a scale of one to 10. Pain didn’t get the… »
Tonight my graduate seminar on “Philosophy of History and Historiography” meets for the first time. Your many wonderful comments and suggestions on my post a few weeks back, which I will share with my students, have helped me better conceptualize the course. […]
The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to offer competitive fellowships of $2,500 to support research based on our collections. Fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of five days in the Library & Archives; stipends may be used towards transportation, living, and other expenses. Eligibility Graduate and undergraduate students from the US and abroad University faculty from the US and abroad Independent scholars Requirements
Just over a year ago, our graphic arts curator, Lauren Hewes, announced that we had completed the photographing of over 600 political cartoons produced in the United States between 1764 and 1876, and that these images were now available in GIGI, our digital image archive. This comprehensive collection includes everything from early cartoons relating to […]
Explore the Imperial War Museum’s massive crowd-source digitization project, "The Lives of the First World War." Luke Smith, the project’s digital director, believes the site may serve as an archive for future research and a pedagogical tool. Please share your thoughts on crowd-sourced history with our readers at the end of the post.
By James Hawkes The sheer immensity of Sloane’s collection poses a daunting challenge for the researcher, especially given its present division among different institutions. It might be useful to consider Sloane’s collection alongside smaller and more manageable (not to mention intact!) ones. I recently had the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom as part of […]
In this deep world of horology, it’s easy to lose sight of just how fascinating the careful assortment of gears, jewels, levers, and screws that make up a wristwatch movement really are. But when you encounter a watch like the Midnight Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpels, you’re forced to pause. You’re forced to pause and consider the elegant interplay of mechanics and artistry illustrated by a timepiece like this, in which an impossibly tiny solar system revolves around a dial in accurate harm…
In 2010 Angela Bartie, Susan Batchelor, and Alistair Fraser interviewed a range of individuals who had first hand experience of Easterhouse in the 1960s. These included a minister, social worker, police officer, social researcher and a youth worker. This summer, Angela Bartie and Alistair Fraser are building on this research, interviewing young people about their…
We had the chance this week to sit down with physician and historian Scott Podolsky to discuss the history of serum therapy. Podolsky is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Medical Library.
If you’re a millennial like me, you remember the Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark?, in which kids sit around a campfire (or flickering stage lights or whatever), taking turns giving each other anxiety disorders with scary stories. The title is a bit of a silly question, though. Everyone is to some degree […]
Vishwas R. Gaitonde – We all know them and grow up loving them. They are the nursery rhymes and limericks of our youth, but is there a more macabre origin to these simple verses? TPR Contributor Vishwas Gaitonde explores the Black Plague and its possible effect on well-known rhymes.
Govard Bidloo’s Anatomia corporis humani, first published in Latin in 1685, is one of the most famous early modern anatomical atlases. The beautifully rendered illustrations by artist Gerard de Lairesse are notable in how they differ from previous conventions of anatomical illustration. While the dissected figures seen in the works of Italian anatomists such as Vesalius and Casserius posed in lifelike positions, de Lairesse depicted the corpses as the dead bodies they were, and sometimes even… »