Sunday, October 18, 2009
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
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
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
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
Rebecca Kamen’s Art: a periodic table transformed into an ‘elemental garden’. Now on display at the Greater Reston Arts Center.
Posted by Anke on 10/12 at 12:43 PM
Toby Lester borrows from his forthcoming book to argue that Copernicus’s exposure to the Waldseemüller map was crucial in his intellectual development toward a heliocentric system.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/12 at 09:44 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Dr. Jayne’s was one of the first patent medicine companies in the U.S. to issue annual almanacs. By the 1850s the company was one of the most successful patent medicine companies in the U.S. This post looks at Dr. Jayne’s efforts to brand and protect its patent medicines, and then concludes with some brief reflection on the value of studying patent medicines.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/11 at 10:31 PM
Friday, October 09, 2009
Introducing Robert Hicks (of the Mütter Museum)’s video podcast, “No Bones About It”.
Posted by Anke on 10/09 at 01:46 PM
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
J.C. Ayer, another patent medicine company, relied on recipe books and personal testimony to sell its cure-all: Sarsaparilla.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/07 at 11:07 AM
Thursday, October 01, 2009
A short look at the marketing efforts of Dr. Miles Medical Company, a patent medicine company in Elkhart, IN. It is interesting to note the prominent place of astrology in the company’s marketing efforts.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/01 at 10:35 PM
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