PACHSmörgåsbord: Athanasius Kircher

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Art, Science, and Historical Method

Rebecca Kamen gave a presentation on her sculpture and art, tracing her inspiration to old scientific illustrations. Her description of these illustrations and the uses to which she put them raise questions about how we use the past and for what ends.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/24 at 12:42 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Putting Science on Display at HSS 2011

These four papers asked about the role of display and visualization in science from the 17th to the 19th century. Yet another summary of papers at this year’s History of Science Society Annual Conference.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/19 at 12:43 PM

Saturday, December 31, 2011

On Collecting and Collectors

The NY Times recently posted a “Room for Debate” topic asking “Why we Collect Stuff.” This post reflects on what I think worked well in that debate and where I would have liked to see the participants say more.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/31 at 12:54 AM

Monday, December 17, 2012

Revisiting Noah’s Ark?

Recent attempts to reconstruct Noah’s ark join a long line of such efforts. One of the more thoughtful came from pen of the 17th-century Jesuit polymath and all-around quirky thinker, Athanasius Kircher.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/17 at 11:29 AM

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