OU Lynx

Announcing a new collaboration between the History of Science Collections and K12 educators: The OU Academy of the Lynx.

Lincei-TransparentCheck out the oulynx.org blog, follow oulynx tweets, join the Galileo-L listserv, and explore the OU Lynx Educator Workspace.

Our aim with the Lynx is to foster collaboration between OU and educators — including K12 teachers, amateur astronomers, docents, and museum professionals — in the development and implementation of the Galileo’s World exhibition, set to open in August 2015. Start here!

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Renovation

We have begun a year-long renovation that will prepare us to launch a major exhibition in August, 2015, entitled Galileo’s World.

Because of the renovation and preparations for Galileo’s World, we will not be able to offer tours or class visits until August, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope a year from now everyone will agree that the wait was worthwhile.

Researchers and students are still welcome and will be accommodated, although there will be more motion and noise than usual.

Check the Contact Us – Visit page for more information.

Rendering of new lobby for the History of Science Collections, coming summer 2015
Coming soon!

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“From the Vault” video resources

by Kerry Magruder, Curator

A series of “From the vault” videos is now available on OU’s Janux platform and at the Janux site on YouTube. These short videos, filmed on location by NextThought in the OU History of Science Collections, show rare treasures for a given topic along with a concisely-worded comment or story. Think of them as behind-the-scenes moments in a tour of the rare book vaults. Most are only 5-10 minutes long. They are not recorded lectures; rather than offering comprehensive information about a subject, they are designed to appeal to the imagination, to awaken interest in the history of science by conveying something of the physical presence of the rare books themselves. For this reason, they may be useful as auxiliary instructional resources for other courses across the various natural sciences including physics, astronomy, medicine, biology, geology, meteorology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, as well as in humanities disciplines such as history, art, literature and the history of science.

To find the videos on YouTube, go to the Janux section (where videos from many courses are posted) and find the History of Science Online playlist.

Camille Flammarion, L'Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163.  Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.To access the videos on the Janux platform, go to janux.ou.edu, and look in the Archive section for the History of Science to the Age of Newton course (HSCI 3013). As noted here previously, the course was offered in the 2014 spring semester, but the videos are still accessible to anyone by registering for the free version of the course. (The course icon, “Boldly go…,” may help you spot it quickly.) Within the course in the Janux platform, click the Lessons tab to view course content arranged week by week. The outline below will help you quickly find the videos of interest to you.

Have an iPad? A Janux app makes accessing the videos a breeze.

The numbers in the outline below are discontinuous; only the “From the Vault” videos (FTV) for each weekly unit are included. Not listed below (but equally accessible) are companion videos, filmed in a studio setting, which for each week’s topic invite students to consider what they know of the cultural context (“Starting Assumptions”) and to engage thought-provoking points of view (“Interpretations”).

  1. Week 1, Exploring the Past
  2. Week 2, Origins of Ancient Astronomy
  3. Week 3, Science in Ancient Egypt and the Aegean
  4. Week 4, Ancient Greek science
  5. Week 5, Hellenistic science
  6. Week 6, Roman science
  7. Week 7, Islamic and Early Medieval science
  8. Week 8, 14th-century science
  9. Week 9, 15th-century science
  10. Week 10, 16th-century Life sciences
  11. Week 11, 16th-century Astronomy
    • 11.2 Astronomy before Copernicus (see Dive Deeper instructions)
    • 11.2 Astronomy after Copernicus (see Dive Deeper instructions)
  12. Week 12, Science in Asia
  13. Week 13, Galileo
  14. Week 14, 17th-century science
    • 14.2 Competing paradigms (FTV not yet available)
    • 14.3 The Meaning of science (FTV not yet available)
  15. Week 15, Newton
    • 15.2 Newton’s works (FTV not yet available)
    • 15.3 Janus faces (FTV not yet available)

In addition to the above “From the Vault” videos for each week, there are also videos for “Starting Assumptions” and “Interpretations.” Watch these on Janux at YouTube or on the Janux platform.

Send questions or comments about the videos to hsci3013@ou.edu.

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BL5 Exhibitions and Displays

Bizzell Library, 5th floor, Exhibitions and Displays

Only 2 more weeks to see the Crossing Cultures exhibit and the Can’t Get Enough Sherlock? display!

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OU Libraries Top 10

See the OU Libraries youTube channel for more overview videos.

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Happy birthday, Mac!

Today is the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of Macintosh, the first computer to be marketed to a wide public with a mouse and windows-based user interface. All of our computers today are its heirs.

1984 Mac
To celebrate, stop by the History of Science Collections and view an early, low-serial number 1984 Macintosh, donated by Tim Long, on display in the Roller Reading Room. The Collections also holds a late-1984 Macintosh donated by Kennard and Kay Bork; these are part of a computer collection consisting of approximately 40 working computers from the 1970’s through the 1990’s.

Steve Jobs, Rosetta Stone
One of my favorite portraits of Steve Jobs, taken by Tom Zimberoff, hangs above an easy chair in the Researcher Lounge of the History of Science Collections. Jobs saw that the Mac would do for computers what alphabetic writing did for ancient civilization. The Rosetta Stone displays the same text in three bands of writing, beginning with Egyptian hieroglyphics and the more-easily read demotic script. Both hieroglyphics and demotic, like Mesopotamian cuneiform languages, were written in syllabaries comprised of several hundred characters. Syllabaries were the scripts of highly trained scribes, mastered only through a long period of preparation. As a result, scribes were an elite culture, and their work was subject to the control of large, highly-organized states in Egypt and Mesopotamia. In contrast, the lowest band is Greek, an alphabetic script. With only a couple dozen characters, Greek could be mastered with determination by anyone. The resulting impact of Greek culture upon the world, made possible by literacy, signified to Jobs what the Mac and the 20th-century Information Revolution were all about.

Research Lounge

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Can’t get enough Sherlock?

Adventures of Sherlock HolmesVisit the lobby of the History of Science Collections to view a display of books by Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930):

Holmes' pipe Holmes' hat

  • A Study in Scarlet (1888)
  • The Sign of the Four (1890)
  • The White Company (1892), with author’s inscription and autograph letter*
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
  • The Speckled Band (1912)
  • The Adventure of the Dying Detective (1913)
  • His Last Bow (1917)

*The White Company is from the History of Science Collections. All other works are from the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections.

Autograph letter of Arthur Conan Doyle

In addition to these rare books, two scholarly works are on display:

  • Alvin E. Rodin & Jack D. Key, Medical Case Book of Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle (1984)
  • Lawrence Frank, Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence (2003)

Larry Frank book

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More info: Exhibits and Displays LibGuide
Where: History of Science Collections, 5th Floor, Bizzell Memorial Library (visit)
When: Monday-Thursday 9am -6:45; Friday 9am-4:45 Saturday 12-3:45
Contact: (405) 325-2741

Doyle, White Company, inscribed

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