Category Archives: Recent acquisitions

OU Athletics Department enables OU Libraries to acquire manuscript for the Galileo collection

Press Release (original at Public Affairs; photos for media): NORMAN – A rare manuscript written by a leading astronomer in Rome at the height of Galileo’s astronomical discoveries recently was acquired by the University of Oklahoma’s History of Science Collections. … Continue reading

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Chymical Wedding

Current Exhibit: Chemistry: From Alchemy to Radioactivity General exhibit information Brochure Scavenger hunt We are delighted to add a rare work to the History of Science Collections in tribute to the OU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School … Continue reading

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Another Baldi manuscript: The Cronica autograph

Recently we made available a manuscript of an unpublished work on sundials by Bernardino Baldi that had been missing since 1783. The OU History of Science Collections hold a second Baldi manuscript: his autograph copy of Cronica, a 16th-century history … Continue reading

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Lost manuscript on sundials

Bernardino Baldi (1553-1617), a celebrated Italian polymath, is known to have written a treatise on sun dials and timekeeping. However, this treatise was never published and, since 1783, it has been considered lost. Now we are happy to announce that … Continue reading

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Mars: Earliest detailed sketches

The Collections have recently acquired a rare 1666 first edition of three separately issued broadsides (foglie volante) in which Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712, also known as Jean-Dominique Cassini) reported his observations of Mars, including the first detailed sketches of its … Continue reading

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Anfossi, Dell’uso ed abuso della cioccolata (Venice, 1779)

Is it cold outside? Why not warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate? So advised the 18th-century Italian physician Giovanni Anfossi, in a work recently acquired by the History of Science Collections: Dell’uso ed abuso della cioccolata (Venice, … Continue reading

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Physics Centennial #5: Einstein in Yiddish

This is the 5th post in a series celebrating the centennial of the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. One unlikely work of Einstein is a Yiddish translation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, published in 1921. This … Continue reading

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Darwin’s first and rarest work: The Zoology of the Beagle

The voyage of H.M.S. Beagle from December 1831 through October 1836 became one of the most famous expeditions of modern times. Originally planned as a survey of southern South America and some islands in the Pacific, the voyage became a … 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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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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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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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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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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Catherine Whitwell, An Astronomical Catechism (London, 1818)

Recent acquisition: This beautiful work, written as a dialogue between a mother and her daughter, offers a wonderful introduction to the night sky. Catherine Whitwell was a professor at Robert Owen’s school at New Lanarck in the 1820′s, who also … Continue reading

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Drawing perspective

Welcome to the blog of the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries. This blog will keep you informed about special events, current exhibits, research tips, who we are, images recently digitized, recent acquisitions, archives, manuscripts, photographs, … Continue reading

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