Monthly Archives: July 2010

Diagrams, Figures and the Transformation of Astronomy, 1450–1650

This five-year digital project, funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of Cambridge University. The project is led by Nicholas Jardine, Liba Taub, Sachiko Kusukawa, Isabelle … Continue reading

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Embryo Project Encyclopedia

The Embryo Project Encyclopedia is a collection of articles, scholarly interpretive essays, images and videos related to developmental biology and its history. To get a sense of the resources being prepared for the Embryo Project Encyclopedia, take a look at … Continue reading

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The Papers of Isaac Newton

The Papers of Isaac Newton project is providing open access to interlinked, scholarly editions of all of Newton’s non-chemical manuscripts (for his chemical manuscripts see here). In addition, this project is interlinking Newton’s manuscripts with all of his published works. … Continue reading

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Manuscripts in the Collections

This list of manuscripts in the History of Science Collections, arranged chronologically by date of original composition, includes only manuscript books, not handwritten letters or archives. They are written on vellum, paper and rice-paper, in Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Latin, … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The Encyclopedia of Life and Biodiversity Heritage Library The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, and the Library of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), are leading partners in several related projects, including: 1. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) … Continue reading

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Reference Resources

Using Reference Sources for History of Science Research Whether you are just beginning to explore research topics or you are conducting advanced study in the history of science, technology, or medicine, we have a wide variety of reference sources to … Continue reading

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The Chymistry of Isaac Newton project

The Chymistry of Isaac Newton project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and in partnership with the Othmer Library in Philadelphia, and the Indiana University Digital Library Program, is providing online access to all of the chemical and alchemical manuscripts … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Ready reference vs. Research literature

Why do we use Wikipedia? Should you? In this blog we frequently link to Wikipedia for background information on an author or topic in the history of science. This practice is subject to some controversy, so this post will explain … Continue reading

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Einstein Papers and Archives Projects

These two projects, hosted by the California Institute of Technology in partnership with Princeton University Press, will provide access to interlinked, scholarly editions of all of Einstein’s manuscripts and publications. The project editor is Dr. Diana Buchwald. Einstein Archives Online … Continue reading

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Longitude at Sea: J.T. Mayer (1770)

Recent acquisition: Johann Tobias Mayer, Tabulae motuum solis et lunae novae et correctae … Quibus accedit methodus longitudinum promota … editae jussu praefectorum rei longitudinariae. Edited by Nevil Maskelyne. London, William and John Richardson, 1770. 4to, pp. [viii], 89, [6], … Continue reading

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Visiting Fellow: Deise Rodrigues

This week we welcome a visiting fellow, Deise Rodrigues, from Brazil. (“Deise” is pronounced “Daisy.”) Ms. Rodrigues is from the beautiful city of Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Deise is working … Continue reading

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Cambridge announces “The Foundations of Science” project

The University of Cambridge Library has announced “a £1.5m lead gift pledged by Dr Leonard Polonsky” to fund a new, open digital project in the history of science. University Librarian Anne Jarvis said: “We want to make it accessible to … Continue reading

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Books speak of books

“Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, … Continue reading

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Really simple explanation of Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

Basic idea Are you drinking the Internet from a fire-hose? Do you try to keep track of more websites than you can remember off the top of your head? Do you feel like you’re wasting time checking to see if … Continue reading

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July 4, 1776

Settle down with a cup of coffee and take a brief glimpse with us, on this anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, into materials held by the Collections with a connection to this historic period. In his … Continue reading

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