All events in history of science, technology and medicine at member institutions or within 75 miles of Philadelphia


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October 23, 2014

Salvatore Mangione, M.D.

Leonardo and the Reinvention of Anatomy

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

October 23, 2014

Domestic Exhalations and Pestilential Fevers: Philadelphia’s Search for a Yellow Fever Cure

College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania

October 23, 2014

Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi, University of Toronto

“Ear Spectacles” for the Deaf: Making and Marketing Artificial Eardrums, 1850-1920

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

October 23, 2014

Massimo Mazzotti, University of California Berkeley

The Politics of Proving: Geometry in the Age of Revolutions

Princeton University, History of Science Colloquium

October 23, 2014

Victor Katz, University of District of Columbia, retired

Recreational Problems in Medieval Mathematics

The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics

October 27, 2014

Pamela Smith, Columbia University

The History of Early Modern Science in Practice

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

October 28, 2014

E. A. Driggers, University of South Carolina

Edward Darrell Smith and the Chemical Treatment of Urinary Stones

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

October 28, 2014

Phoebe Pollitt, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Appalachian State University Department of Nursing

“We are all one nurse, Florence Nightingale”

Bates Center Seminar Series

October 29, 2014

Nahyan Fancy, DePauw University

Arabic Medical Commentators and the Renaissance Anatomists

Bryn Mawr College

October 30, 2014

Daryn Lehoux, Queen’s University

Very Muddy Waters: Observation and Authority in Renaissance Debates on the Generation of Mice and Bugs

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

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Don Pedro, merino ram imported to U.S. by E.I. du Pont. Image courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.

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Working Groups

October 29, 2014

Physical Sciences

(Note Special Day) Nasser Zakariya of CHF will introduce a draft book chapter, “Tales of Hawks and Hounds: Scientific Narratives of the SSC and NASA Origins”

November 4, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 135-271 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition).

November 12, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read Chapter 2 for the 11/12 meeting.

November 13, 2014

Early Sciences

Bruce Moran of the University of Nevada, Reno will introduce his draft paper Preserving the Cutting Edge: Traveling Woodblocks, Material Networks, and Visualizing Plants in Early Modern Europe

November 14, 2014

Science Beyond the West


November 19, 2014

Human Sciences

Whitney Laemmli of UPenn will introduce a draft dissertation chapter “‘Dance as the Measure of Man’: Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)”

January 13, 2015

Medicine and Health


January 20, 2015



February 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences