PACHSmörgåsbord: Events

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Distilling Ancient Greek Alchemy from the Manuscripts

Matteo Martelli’s recent Brown Bag Lecture at CHF offered a nice diversion from the more modern presentations. His project, to recover the contours of ancient Greek alchemy, raise some historigraphic issues.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/28 at 10:01 PM

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Barnes, Berkowitz, and British Medicine at the Wagner

David Barnes offered the commentary on Carin Berkowitz’s paper about rhetoric and British medical practice. A spirited if smallish audience showed up at the Wagner to participate.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/24 at 10:50 PM

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Barbara Traister on the Occult Physician Simon Forman

Barbara Traister spoke on the 17th-century English “occult physician” Simon Forman at yesterday’s Brown Bag Lecture. Her talk centered on her work editing one of Forman’s alchemical manuscripts, “Of Appoticaries Druges.”

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/31 at 10:15 PM

Saturday, March 06, 2010

HoS Micropost: Simon Schaffer on Astronomy and Empire

Just a quick link to Simon Schaffer’s Tarner Lectures on astronomy and empire. Podcasts are available for download.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/06 at 06:57 AM

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Can Business History Inform History of Science?

Daniele Cozzoli offered a detailed chronology of the development of antihistamines from the early 1930s through the mid- to late-1940s. He arranged these developments broadly against the backdrop of World War II and French-German business interests,on the one hand, and French-U.S. on the other.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/02 at 10:30 PM

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jo Ann Caplin’s Video on La Bella Milanese

At latest Brown Bag Lunch at the Chemical Heritage Foundation Jo Ann Caplin rehearsed (and advertised) one part of her idea for a new PBS television show. Much of her talk was, simply, screening part of a video of Martin Kemp’s study of La Bella Milanese (Kemp wants to rename the work “La Bella Principessa”).

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/23 at 06:14 PM

Friday, February 12, 2010

Erik Rau on Terry Christensen on Cold-War Liberals

Terry Christensen spoke on Cold-War science and the divergent reputations of Edward Teller and John Wheeler. Erik Rau offered commentary.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/12 at 05:50 PM

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

James Voelkel on Bringing Newton’s Alchemy to the Masses

James Voelkel spoke this past Tuesday about recent efforts to produce on-line editions of Isaac Newton’s alchemical manuscripts. The project, “The Chymystry of Isaac Newton” is an ambitious history-of-science foray into digital humanities.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/10 at 10:58 PM

Saturday, January 23, 2010

PASHoM January meeting

The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics discussed Berkeley’s critique of calculus on January 21

Posted by tbartlow on 01/23 at 09:24 AM

Friday, December 11, 2009

December PASHoM meeting

Posted by tbartlow on 12/11 at 09:29 AM

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