Friday, October 30, 2009

Gold, Elixirs and Books of Secrets

A lecture on alchemy, as part of the Year of Science

Posted by on 10/30 at 04:03 PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CFP:Women’s Health Conference

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its fifth annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.  We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, November 6, 2009 for consideration. 

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 10/28 at 02:43 PM

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My kingdom for a teleportation device!

A far-away conference on the 1609 chair of chemistry offers food for thought, and creates a yearning to be on location for the 400-year anniversary.

Posted by on 10/21 at 03:30 PM

Monday, October 19, 2009

HoS Micropost: The Nature of Technology (reviewed in the NY Times)

W. Brian Arthur’s new book on the relationship between science and technology argues that technological developments often precede scientific ones, not the other way around.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/19 at 11:00 PM

HoS Micropost: Polymaths are going extinct (update)

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/19 at 01:53 PM
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

HoS Micropost: The Art of Scientific Imaging

An article in today’s The Independent reports on the artistic aspects of scientific imaging and the 2009 Wellcome Institute’s Image Awards. The article raises some questions about the artistic understanding of these images. There are also some scientific questions that could be raised.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/18 at 11:11 PM

Wright’s Indian Vegetable Pills

Another bit of local patent medicine history. This copy of Wright’s almanac was sold at Frank T. Landis’s shop in Womelsdorf, PA.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/18 at 04:33 PM

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reforming the Humanities Ph.D.

A very interesting report on a 10-year $85 million project to evaluate and improve the process of producing Ph.D.’s in the humanities. 

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 10/14 at 03:00 PM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How Perspective made the Modern World

A quick review of Samuel Edgerton’s new book The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope. How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009) and its problematic explanation for the rise of modern science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/13 at 10:53 PM

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chemistry made Art: Rebecca Kamen’s Elemental Garden

Rebecca Kamen’s Art: a periodic table transformed into an ‘elemental garden’. Now on display at the Greater Reston Arts Center.

Posted by on 10/12 at 12:43 PM

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