Monthly Archives: June 2010

Bibliography for the History of Science, Part 1: Basic use

To find information related to the history of science in a wide variety of academic journals and monographs, consult the Isis Bibliography for the History of Science. This remarkable project is sponsored by the international History of Science Society and … Continue reading

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Earliest published microscopic study

Galileo’s Sidereus nuncius (Venice, 1610) created an international sensation as the first published record of observations made with a telescope. Yet many people do not realize that Galileo was also involved with the first published record of observations made with … Continue reading

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The Night Sky at Alamut

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day features a photo of the night sky at Alamut, in the Alborz Mountains of Iran, northeast of Tehran. Alamut Castle was for a while the home of the Persian mathematician and astronomer Nasir al-Din … Continue reading

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Collections in the news

OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library Named as One of the Most Beautiful College Campus Libraries

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Congratulations to Dr. Kate Sheppard!

Kate defended her doctoral dissertation in the Department of the History of Science on April 19, 2010. Her dissertation is entitled: The Lady and the Looking Glass: Margaret Murray’s Life in Archaeology. History of Science Department Associate Professor Katherine Pandora … Continue reading

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Saulnier (1822) on the Temple of Dendera

Recent acquisition: Sébastien Saulnier, Notice sur le voyage de M. Lelorrain, en Égypte; et Observations sur le zodiac circulaire de Denderah (Paris, chez lʼauteur, 1822). This is a story at the intersection of intrigue, thievery, French nationalism, Egyptian archaeology, politics, … Continue reading

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Digitized Books

See also: About the Online Galleries Over 130 books are digitized entirely (or nearly so) on the Online Galleries website of the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries. The Galleries provide over 60,000 high-resolution color images … Continue reading

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John Bulwer, Anthropometamorphosis

Recent acquisition: In 1653, an English physician, John Bulwer (1606-1656), published a curious work in comparative cultural anthropology entitled Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d (London, 590 pages). Bulwer presented abundant woodcut illustrations of all manners known to him of decorating or transforming … Continue reading

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Landmarks of Science

Until May, 2013, the History of Science Collections hosted the production of Landmarks of Science, a microform collection sponsored by Readex (a division of Newsbank), photographed and cataloged in the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries … Continue reading

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Works of Leonardo

The current exhibit includes the first two printed works containing material produced by Leonardo da Vinci. Like someone today who avoids email and the web, Leonardo sat out the Printing Revolution. Despite Leonardo’s remarkable accomplishments and enduring interest, his manuscripts … Continue reading

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The Herbert Holl Collection and Archive

This collection includes the papers and personal science library of Herbert Holl, a German astronomer and physicist. Holl’s career represents several significant historical moments in 20th-century physics, particularly the era immediately before and during World War II, and the post-war … Continue reading

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The Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship program

General Information See also: FAQ | Application form | Area Attractions | Email | Through a generous endowment provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the History of Science Department and the History of Science Collections, the University of … Continue reading

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Mellon Travel Fellowships: FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program See also: General information | Application form | Area Attractions | Email | Who may apply?Short-Term Travel Fellowships are available to scholars at both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels. … Continue reading

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Baroillet manuscript, Cryptography collection

This recently-acquired manuscript is a report to the French Ministry of War about methods of encryption, composed circa 1790: BAROILLET. Rapport du Comité des Fortifications, sur une méthode d’écrire en chiffres et sur l’instrument approprié à cet objet, proposés par … Continue reading

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How to browse the Online Galleries

Browsing the Online Galleries to see what images are available To see if an image is available for downloading, go to the main page of the Online Galleries: http://hos.ou.edu/galleries/. You can then browse image thumbnails by period, author and date. … Continue reading

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Images terms of use

Terms of Use for images from the Online Galleries of the History of Science Collections Consistent with our role as a special collection of rare books in a major public university committed to a teaching and research mission, the History … Continue reading

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Images recently added

After a long hiatus, with this post we are resuming our Images recently digitized blog. That old location will not be updated. About every week or two, we’ll post here a brief notice of some of the most recent images … Continue reading

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Microform collections

Microforms are a researcher’s best-kept secret. Although often overlooked, they contain as many books as the Collections’ physical rare book holdings, as well as unpublished papers from major archives around the world. For example, who would have guessed that one … Continue reading

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