One winter’s evening in the late 1930s, in the town of Shingleton, a small logging community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or U.P., two local laborers, one by the name of Mike Bobic, the other George White, got into a knife … Continue reading →
Last week, the Pew Research Center released a report that surveyed Americans’ attitudes about technology and their thoughts about what technological advances would happen in the next half-century. I’ll be writing something about the report itself later – suffice it to say for now that Americans’ views of the technological future are remarkably static. But Pew’s report was quite timely because, 50 years ago, the New York World’s Fair opened.
The juxtaposition, while surely accidental, prompted me »
Earlier today, scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.
As I write this, I’m sat with a little bottle of pink lemonade on the platform at York Station, heading home from the Social History Society’s annual conference. This year’s conference, held at the University of Northumbria in central Newcastle, was my first – but hopefully not my last.
It is a sign of just how big and busy a conference it is that I’d only said the briefest of hellos to some of the twitterstorians I had hoped to spend some time meeting or catching up with. If you’re one of thos… »
By now it seems clear: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos got Bruno wrong. People have pointed out, and out, and out, and out, and out the various errors. Meg Rosenburg starts to move the discussion beyond the errors by offering a bit more about Bruno. In her post Becky Ferreira adds still more detail. But as the comments to all these posts suggest, the vast majority of readers (at least those who bother to leave comments) don’t care that Cosmos got it wrong—a disturbing number seem to def… »
Blog of a three-year research project "Calendars and chronology in the intellectual culture of Central Europe, 1400-1700". Project funded by the Polish National Science Centre within the FUGA programme for postdoctoral fellows and carried out at the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw (by Michal Choptiany)
Sir Hans Sloane, collector and physician, was born on 16 April 1660. To celebrate his 354th birthday, I’m hosting the history of science carnival: Giants’ Shoulders #70. Sloane collected stuff of all kinds, from curiosities (natural and man-made) and botanical samples to manuscripts. He was very thorough… So what does one give the man who […]
by Lisa Smith.
Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a famous physician and well-known collector, whose collections became the core of the British Museum (founded in 1753). The online database of Sloane’s Correspondence presents research from the lives of Sloane and his patients, making his large correspondence more searchable for details of early modern trade and collecting, medical case histories, and scientific networks.
Over at The Sloane Letters Blog (www.sloaneletters.com), Lisa Smith shares cu… »
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In its third episode, titled “When Knowledge Conquered Fear,” the new Cosmos reboot, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tells the story of the discovery and publication of Isaac Newton’s laws of motion. Almost three centuries after Newton’s death, these laws, which offer a unified framework for calculating and predicting the movement of a projectile on earth as well as the planets in the heavens, remain a fundamental contribution … »
It’s apt that this post should follow our recent one about unicorns. From an earthbound mythological creature to one which lived in the sea, this post is all about mermaids. But not as you might expect… Paolo Viscardi, co-author of Mermaids Uncovered, a new article in the Journal of Museum Ethnography on the history of mermaids, tells us about Henry Wellcome’s connection to these legendary aquatic beings.
On the surface, there may not seem to be many obvious overlaps between mermaids and medi… »
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Robert Mitchell’s new book is wonderfully situated across several intersections: of history and literature, of the Romantic and contemporary worlds, of Keats’ urn and a laboratory cylinder full of dry ice. In Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), Mitchell argues that we are in the midst of a vitalist turn in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and that this is only the latest in a series of eras of what he calls… »
In the early 1960s, John W. Saunders Jr., Mary T. Gasseling, and Lilyan C. Saunders in the US investigated how cells die in the developing limbs of chick embryos. They studied when and where in developing limbs many cells die, and they studied the functions of cell death in wing development.
Experience is a series of interviews with Harvard faculty covering the reasons they became teachers and scholars, and the personal journeys, missteps included, behind their professional success. First up is E.O. Wilson, one of the most accomplished biologists of the past century. Interviews with Melissa Franklin, Martha Minow, Stephen Greenblatt, Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, Steven Pinker, Laurel Ulrich, Helen Vendler, and Walter Willett will appear in coming weeks.
Edward O. Wilson, the Pellegrino »
The Cullen Project, Glasgow, United Kingdom. 40 likes · 6 talking about this. ‘The Cullen Project’: AHRC-funded collaboration between Glasgow University School of Critical Studies and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
The March 2014 issue of Isis, the official journal of the History of Science Society, is now online. Included in this issue are a number of items of interest to AHP readers, including a special Focus section on Neurohistory. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below.
“The Organizational Revolution and the Human Sciences,” by Hunter Heyck. The abstract reads,
This essay argues that a new way of understanding science and nature emerged and flourished in the human sciences in America between »
Session 1: Narratives and Biographies of Buildings Long Papers Richard Newman - Archaeological Site Director, Cambridge Archaeology Unit, University of Cambridge The School of Pythagorus, Cambridge: the biography of a later 12th century townhouse The School of Pythagoras in Cambridge represents the rare survival of a substantial late 12th century masonry townhouse. Elucidated by the results…
My sister is a witch. Or, more precisely, a Wiccan astrologer and tarot reader. Growing up as a kid who worshipped Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, I found it hard to square her worldview with my own. But that didn’t stop me from feeling a thrill when I visited her shabbily ornate, mist-clad Victorian house […]
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Below is a guest reading list from Daniel A. Gross, journalist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He also writes and produces radio about the lives of stuff and the stuff of life.
Journalism has been called the first draft of history. Here are 5 technology stories that belong in the second draft. Like a lot of technology journalism, they’re each focused on an emerging future, which at times makes them a bit breathless with excitement. But unlike m… »
Thomas Scattergood copied a number of recipes into one of his later diaries, one that dates from just after the turn of the century. Many of these recipes he took from “the Countess of Kent.” Shortly after Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, died, a book of her medical recipes were collected and published in two versions:
A choice manual of rare and select secrets in physick and chyrurgery collected and practised by the Right Honorable, the Countesse of Kent, late deceased ; as also most exquisite »
JF Ptak Science Books Post 1577 Before the Neil deGrasse Tyson version and update of Carl Sagan’s landmark tlevision series, Cosmos, there was Alexander von Humboldt, and his enormously influential book of the same title, printed in 1845-1862. Well, von…
I have recently been trawling through the mammoth, dusty, fragile patient casebooks of Caterham. I have numerous images of them saved on my pc, but missed having the dirt, the grime, and the feeling of the pages under my fingers. I also found that flipping through the pages physically allowed me to see was contained within the casebooks beyond that of brief notes as to their health, qualitative information which is hidden, or less evident when I scroll through them on my computer screen.
So the… »
By Ashley Buchanan On July 19, 1736, Baroness Massimilianna Moltke wrote Anna Maria Luisa, the Electress Palatine and last Medici princess, to thank her for sending a “miraculous powder” to treat infant convulsions, or “male caduco.” In the letter sent from … Continue reading →