Giants’ Shoulders #60 Part II: The Present

I apologise that it has taken so long for the second part to appear. I can only plead pressure of work, an unexpected visitor (see next blog post) and a heat wave! We have had temperatures around 37°C in the shade this week and I was reduced to laying around in a sodden heap in the corner incapable of putting together this post. What you now have is a list of links to the best #histstem bloggage of the last month crudely grouped into areas of interest. Go poke around and see what you missed in the last thirty days!

 In the last month the ICHSTM blog has had a whole series of interesting #histsci post being with Officer! I moustache you a question: The Science of Selecting Soldiers in WWII continuing with Foreign friends to the British Board of Longitude (1714-1828), international war, and espionage and Saving Newton or destroying Newton? Popular and professional physics publishing in the 1920s up to It’s not longitude that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts with many others in between go and read them all!


Everest: an international scientific collaboration

Close shaves on Everest, technology and success


Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero (Alfred Russel Wallace)

Alfred Russel Wallace: The forgotten man of evolution

Conserving Darwin’s Letters

Mary Anning the carpenter’s daughter

Drummond Hill, sketches in field notebook, Henry Mowbray Cadell, 1883.

“This ardent geologist” : Caroline Birley

‘Genetical Information’: 60 years old today

A historical take on the perils of re-introduced species, musk-ox style

Edward Blyth (C19th zoologist): Still burning bright: Helen Dunmore encounters the solitary, charismatic tiger of our imagination

Irish chronicles reveal links between cold weather and volcanic eruptions

How people in the 17th-century lived up to their own climate change


Did you know that it was Albert Einstein, who has laid the theoretical foundations for the laser?

Did Einstein write his most famous equation? Does it matter?

How do you measure a mountain on the moon?

Physicist George Gabriel Stokes in love! (1857):

Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe

H Percy Wilkins’ 1951 map of the moon


An Early Modern Medicine for a Re-emerging Disease


Angelique du Coudray’s fabric womb for teaching midwifery

From psychoanalyst to theatre director: The Mysterious Career Change of Hugo Klajn

The moon and epilepsy in the 18th century

A microscope on Thames’ water (cartoon)

Of Porridge, Poetry and the Philosophers’ Stone

Death of Vesalius more evidence points to scurvy

The medicinal uses of 18th-century bath houses and plunge pools in Britain

Ancient Greek medicine: How to prepare deer penises and horns

Poisons and Panaceas: Plants Tell History of Healing

In 1559 a Jan van der Noot attributed a plague remedy to “King Henry:”

“The Dangers of Dancing”

What’s your poison? The History of Intoxicants

The history of medicine owes a debt to animals

A flat belly ‘denotes a man envious and covetous’ – What does your belly say about you?

So Comfortable You Can’t Even Feel It! The Cocaine Tampon

Remedies, Surgery and Domestic Medicine. Anything to avoid surgery!

How many is too many? Looks at super-fecundity in Early Modern Europe.

18th C smallpox inoculation from Phil Trans project

Not Dead Yet: Medieval Versus Modern Leprosy

Syphilis, sex and fear: How the French disease conquered the world   


Athanasius Kircher and the Hieroglyphic Sphinx

A 17th century Field Trip to the Moon

Catch up on the History of Alchemy podcasts

An Alchemical Reading List

Investigating the ‘Real Frankenstein Potential’ of Johann Conrad Dippel, Pt. 1


Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly the Atlantic

A brief history of robot birds

Measuring time at the Science Museum

Bill Who? The Lesser Known Codebreaker of Bletchley Park

Simon Schaffer’s documentary “Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams”

The Saga of the Flaming Zucchini: The technology of cooking utensils


As a genre intellectual history is important, but defining it is a challenge

Biographer Richard Holmes on the history of scientific biography

Why History?

Defining early modern experimental philosophy I

Will Thomas: Schaffer summarized

Materialism, vitalism and interdisciplinarity: from Thomas Nagel to 1913

What can we learn from old photos of a historian of science?

Six-Penny Science. Taster for project on late-Victorian & Edwardian popular science

The beginnings of the Philosophical Transactions Project at the Royal Society.

History of Science and Science Fiction

Borrowed terms and innovative concepts in Newton’s natural philosophy

Art History & the History of ‘Episcience’. On Ken Alder’s recent essay ‘The History of Science as Oxymoron’


Making Progress: a podcast on time

Descartes a fresh portrait (podcast)

A multimedia history of string theory, featuring interviews with some of its key developers: (Video)

Eye of the Beholder: Theories of Vision (podcast)

New extracts from video interviews for the Oral History of British Science project:


Skeletons and monstrous lambs

The biggest book in the world: The Klencke Atlas

The case of the missing diamonds

How chemistry works, in vintage infographics by the father of Popular Science magazine, 1854

Edmond Halley: My Shipp, the Paramore Pink

The Horrible History sketch of Newton, Pepys and Halley, plus great post on it at The Repostory:

Humphrey Davy’s recipe for relaxing cockled parchment – and much more…

Voltaire’s spat with Maupertuis – who’s got the last laugh now?

Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent than modern-day counterparts 


Book review: The Meteorological Office & Extreme Weather in the UK

Book Review: The Gentleman Naturalist

Did Frans Hals and Descartes really meet? Review of Steven Nadler’s new bio of Descartes

Book Review: Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature

Book review: ‘Darwin’s Apprentice: an archaeological biography of John Lubbock’

Review of the new translation of Jeremiah Horrocks’ Venus Seen on the Sun, from 1639 transit

Book review: The Audacity of Revenge: The Astrologer

Giants’ Shoulders #61 will be hosted by the Wellcome Library Blog on 16 July 2013. Submission, as usual, should be made either directly to the host or to me here at the Renaissance Mathematicus by 15 July at the latest.





















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