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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Three Historic Physics Sites to Be Honored

Three sites important to the history of physics have been chosen by the APS Historic Sites Initiative to be honored in 2013

Posted by Paul Halpern on 04/16 at 06:30 PM

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Fourth Dimension And Non-Euclidean Geometry In Modern Art

Linda Dalrymple Henderson’s groundbreaking history of the influence of higher dimensions on modern art has been updated and published in a new edition

Posted by Paul Halpern on 03/26 at 08:04 PM

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cosmas, the Tabernacle, and the Flat Earth

The Byzantine traveller-turned-monk Cosmas Indicopleustes was a rare proponent of a flat earth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/25 at 10:48 PM

Friday, February 08, 2013

More Patent Medicine Artifacts

In addition to the almanacs and trading cards and other ephemera, patent medicine companies also used their bottles to market their products.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/08 at 11:25 AM

Relics from Medicine’s Sordid Past

Today’s adventures in boxes of junk turned up two interesting little artifacts: a phrenology bust and a business card from an Indian Cancer Doctress

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/08 at 09:47 AM
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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Caspar Wistar Plaque on 4th Street

Philadelphia is peppered with memorializing plaques celebrating the city’s rich scientific history. Here is the Caspar Wistar memorial.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/07 at 09:44 AM

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Controlling Panic in Renaissance Europe

For at least half a millennium now authorities have tried to control panic during epidemics. Here are just a few of the early sixteenth century efforts to quell society’s fears during such outbreaks.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/05 at 09:30 AM

Monday, February 04, 2013

Medical Notes from the 1940s

A sort of vademecum of student medical notes from the 1940s, probably from Boston City Hospital.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/04 at 11:00 AM

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tales of Scientific Heroes are Just Celebrity Bios

A small branch library in Arizona shelved Science, Technology, and Society with the rest of the celebrity biographies. What initially seemed odd now seems perfectly reasonable.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/31 at 11:36 AM

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Astrology and Medicine at the College of Physicians

An exhibition at the College of Physicians highlights the close connection between astrology and medicine.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/29 at 11:39 PM

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