2 de septiembre de 2014

Extended deadline: Mathematical readers in the early modern world

Final call for papers and extended deadline (my apologies that this CFP was previously circulated with an incorrect deadline)

Research workshop: Mathematical readers in the early modern world

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December 2014
All Souls College, Oxford

Call for Papers

How was mathematical writing consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period? What was distinctive about mathematical reading, compared with the reading of other kinds of technical writing, or with the reading of prose more generally? Were mathematical books handled or annotated in distinctive ways? Was  mathematical reading associated with a distinctive set of locations? How, where and when did readers learn the (presumptively specialized) skills of mathematical reading? These questions will be the subject of this two-day workshop, to be held in All Souls College, Oxford.

Confirmed speakers:

Ken Clements, Illinois State University
Nerida Ellerton, Illinois State University Robert Goulding, University of Norte Dame Kathryn James, Yale University Yelda Nasifoglu, McGill University Renée Raphael, University of California, Irvine Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford

Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of reading and consuming mathematics in the early modern world. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to benjamin.wardhaugh@all-souls.ox.ac.uk by 15 September 2014. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers.

Job: Curatorial position at Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Salary: £26,694
Job Type: Full Time - Fixed Term

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), a member of the Science Museum Group, is seeking an experienced curator to play a key part in the Collections team.

The museum occupies one of the nation's most historic industrial heritage sites, telling the story of where science met industry and the modern world began and showcasing Manchester as a 21st century city of science, technology and innovation. MOSI's seven acre site is home to five listed buildings, including the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station, and attracts over 600,000 visitors every year.

Since becoming part of the Science Museum Group in 2012, MOSI has initiated a Masterplan to realise its ambition to be an internationally significant museum with a strong Manchester personality. A dynamic forward programme is in place and a range of priority projects have been identified for development and delivery over the next ten years which will transform the Museum's site and its impact as a cultural attraction.

We are looking to recruit a Curator of Science & Technology on a Fixed Term contract to cover maternity leave. You will play a central role in developing and delivering a major temporary exhibition about graphene, Manchester's latest global scientific export. Based in the Curatorial team and working on a range of projects across the museum, you must be able to research and deliver innovative, accessible and audience-focussed outputs based around our collections and themes.

You will need experience of developing sound curatorial ideas and innovative ways of engaging audiences with the subject. Your excellent teamworking, motivational and management skills will be supported by your ability to deal confidently with people at all levels. As the role involves working across the collections, you will have demonstrable knowledge of an area of history of science and technology, and have the commitment to gain knowledge in other areas.

For further information about the Museum of Science and Industry, a full job description and details of how to apply, please visit:

Closing date: Sunday 14th September 2014

Interviews: w/c 29th September 2014

Kind regards


Jack Kirby
Head of Collections

The Science Museum Group consists of:
Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Railway Museum York, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum Shildon

How race became embedded in a medical instrument

The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics
By Lundy Braun
University of Minnesota Press l 304 pages l 2014
ISBN 978-0-8166-8357-4 l cloth l $24.95

Lundy Braun traces the little-known history of the spirometer to reveal the ways medical instruments have worked to naturalize racial and ethnic differences, from Victorian Britain to today. An unsettling account of the pernicious effects of racial thinking that divides people along genetic lines, this book helps us understand how race enters into science and shapes medical research and practice.

"Breathing Race into the Machine brilliantly tracks the remarkable story—lasting to the present—of how ‘correcting for race’ in measures of lung capacity became unremarkable scientific practice. This eye-opening account demonstrates that precision technologies and statistical techniques that supposedly measure biological differences accurately can mask racial myths and wreak devastating consequences for black people’s health and legal rights. Essential reading for everyone concerned about the impact of race on science and technology." —Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

"In Breathing Race into the Machine, Lundy Braun powerfully reinvigorates our understanding of how racial formation happens. An incisive, considered study of a seemingly conventional physiology instrument, this book reveals science as a foundational feature of the social construction of race. We create our own difference engines, but Braun’s astute book reminds us that we do not have to remain captive to them." —Alondra Nelson, author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination

Lundy Braun is Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence, professor of medical science and Africana studies, and a member of the Science and Technology Studies Program at Brown University.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's website:

Please email me if you have any questions.

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University of Minnesota Press
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1 de septiembre de 2014

2015 BSHS Postgraduate Conference: call for individual papers and paper sessions

Dear all,

This is a call for individual papers and paper sessions for the next BSHS Postgraduate Conference to be hosted by the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London from 7-9 January 2015!

Conference Details:
The BSHS Postgraduate Conference is an annual conference for postgraduate scholars in the history of science, technology, and medicine interested in meeting and sharing research with other postgraduate scholars. This is a great opportunity to build professional and social networks within a supportive and constructive environment.

Submission Details:
We encourage all submissions related to the history of science, medicine, and technology. We also encourage submissions that combine the history of science, medicine, and technology with philosophy and sociology. All submissions are due by Friday 24 October 2014.

-For individual papers, please submit your name, university affiliation, paper title, 3-5 key words, and an abstract of no more than 300 words.

-For paper sessions, please submit your paper session title along with the name, university affiliation, paper title, 3-5 keywords, and an abstract of no more than 300 words for each individual within the proposed paper session.  A paper session may include 3-5 individuals.

-All submissions can be sent to: bshs.pg.15@gmail.com.

-More information:

Thank you and we look forward to your submission!

BSHS PG Conference 2015 Committee

Elizabeth D. Jones
Science and Technology Studies
University College London

31 de agosto de 2014


Conference Programme: Greek Medical Texts, KCL, 12-13 December 2014‏

We are pleased to announce the programme for the conference:


Friday 12th - Saturday 13th December 2014

SW 1.09, Somerset House East Wing

Strand Campus, King's College London


This event is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via our Eventbrite page:


Any enquiries please email the organisers: petros.bouras-vallianatos@kcl.ac.uk or sophia.xenofontos@glasgow.ac.uk

Friday 12 December

14.00 Registration

14.15 Introduction

14.30 Session 1

Stavros Kouloumentas (Berlin) Alcmaeon & his addresses: revisiting the preface of a treatise On Nature

Jordi Crespo Saumell (Cagliari) The Anonymus Londinensis & the paideia of the Imperial Period

Michiel Meeusen (Leuven) Solving medical problems 101: an interpretation of Ps.-Alexander of Aphrodisias' Med. puzz. 1, Praef.in light of medical school practice

16.00 Break

16.30 Session 2

Lesley Dean-Jones (UT Austin) Extending the family, the protreptic aim of some Hippocratic treatises

Chiara Thumiger (Berlin) The multiple audiences of the Hippocratic Epidemics

Laurence Totelin (Cardiff) Gone with the wind: laughter & the audience of the Hippocratic treatises

Daniel Bertoni (Miami) A popular history of medicine

Saturday 13 December

09.00 Registration

09.30 Session 3

Antoine Pietrobelli (Reims) Galen's books & friends

Sophia Xenophontos (Glasgow) Philosophical protreptic in Galen's Exhortation to the Study of Medicine: construction of authority & audience response

Maria Luisa Garofalo (Rome) The De Propriis Placitis: evolution & systematisation of medical doctrines in Galen's medical & philosophical testament

Dimitris Karambelas (London) Greek medicine & the law: juristic readings & reception of medical texts in the Imperial Age

11.30 Break

12.00 Session 4 

Uwe Vagelpohl (Warwick) The user-friendly Galen: Hunayn ibn Ishāq & the Syro-Arabic translation tradition

Elvira Wakelnig (Vienna) Arabic De Natura Hominis-treatises: their tradition, scope & audience

Katherine van Schaik (Boston, MA) Text-less medical instruction? The evolving role of texts in an experiential profession

Joshua Olsson (Cambridge) Medical tetrads in Medieval Islam

14.00 Lunch

15.30 Session 5 

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (London) Reading Galen in Byzantium

Christophe Erismann (Lausanne) Medicine & philosophy according to Meletius' De Natura hominis

Erika Gielen (Leuven) Physician versus physician: a comparison of On the Constitution of Man by Meletius and On the Nature of Man by Leo Medicus

17.00 Concluding remarks

17.30 Drinks reception

30 de agosto de 2014

Vesalius and the Invention of the Modern Body

Saint Louis University and Washington University in Saint Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, USA February 26-28, 2015

This symposium will examine the impact of Vesalius and his contemporaries on perceptions of the human body in medical, intellectual, and artistic contexts from the early modern period through the present.  In addition to the presentation of academic papers, the schedule will include a live anatomy demonstration, rare book workshops, and a publishers’ exhibit hall.  Daniel Garrison, Malcolm Hast, and Sachiko Kusukawa will present Keynote Addresses.

For more information, please visit http://vesalius.slu.edu or http://vesalius.wustl.edu.

CSHM/SCHM: Congress 2015 CSHM-ACHN call for papers

 Call for papers

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing are issuing a call for papers for their annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Congress for the Social Sciences and Humanities, at the University of Ottawa 30 May to June 1st. The theme of the 2015 Congress is “Capital ideas” and invites us to reflect on the power of ideas: ideas captivate our hearts and minds; ideas connect people and ignite discussions and debates; ideas create knowledge and spark discoveries. Ideas represent an invaluable currency capable of changing our lives and our world. Abstracts on other topics are also welcome.

Please submit your abstract and one-page C.V. for consideration by 15 November 2014 by e-mail to Marie-Claude Thifault: mthifaul@uottawa.ca Abstracts must not exceed 350 words. Submissions for panels are also welcome, but abstracts and one-page c.v.s for each paper in the panel are required. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by 15 January 2015. If invited to present at the meeting, the author must undertake to provide a translation of the abstract for the bilingual program book.

Marie-Claude Thifault Ph. D.

Professeure agrégée

Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne en santé

Director, Nursing History Research Unit

Faculté des sciences de la santé/École des sciences infirmières

Université d'Ottawa

451 Chemin Smyth, RGN # 3037

Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5, Canada

Tél.: 613-562-5800-8442

Seeking Podcasts Hosts

New Books in Medicine (http://newbooksinmedicine.com) is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on medicine and the history of medicine. Hosting the channel is a good way to bring the work of scholars of medicine to the attention of large audiences. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at marshallpoe@gmail.com.

New Books in Medicine is part of the New Books Network (http://newbooksnetwork.com), a non-profit consortium of 100 author-interview podcasts focused on serious non-fiction and academic books.

IHPST September Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

The September IHPST newsletter is now available on the web at:



1.            Science & Education, vol.23 no.9, 2014
2.            Science & Education Journal, Report
(a) Rationale and Purpose of the Journal
(b) Journal on the Web
(c) Manuscript Submissions
(d) Copyediting Assistance Required for Manuscripts from Non-Anglo Authors
(e) Article Downloads
(f) Impact Factor
(g) Thematic Issues
(h) Journal Reviewing

3.         The 2nd Asian Regional IHPST Conference, December 4 -7, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan

4.         The 3rd Latin American Regional IHPST Conference, November 17-19, 2014, Santiago, Chile
5.            The 8th Hellenic HP&ST Conference, November 14 -16, 2014, Patras, Greece
6.            European Society for History of Science, Conference, Lisbon, Sept.4-6
              Symposium: History of Science for Science Education
7.            The Royal Society (2014).  Vision for Science and Mathematics Education. An Appraisal (Jonathan Osborne)
8.            International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching, Springer 2014
9.            20th anniversary, revised and enlarged edition, Science Teaching: The Contribution of History and Philosophy of Science, Routledge 2015
10.         Book Reviews

(i) Peter Watson (2012) The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New.  Weidenfeld & Nicolson,

(ii) Ulrich Meyer (2013) The Nature of Time, Oxford University Press,

(iii) Peter Achinstein (2013) Evidence and Method: Scientific Strategies of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell. Oxford University Press.

(iv) Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz (2013) Genetics and Philosophy:  An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

11.         Coming Conferences
12.         IHPST Council (2013-15)
13.         Newsletter Items

A/Professor Michael R. Matthews
School of Education
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052

Phone: 61-2-9418 3665
Email: m.matthews@unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.matthews@unsw.edu.au>

Editor Science & Education
President, Inter-Divisional Teaching Commission of DHST/DLMPS of IUHPS

25 de agosto de 2014

John Dalton's Atomic Theory

For some new takes on how John Dalton came up with his atomic theory, see my paper that was just published in Notes & Records: The Royal Society Journal
of the  History of Science.

The article, 'John Dalton and the London atomists: William and Bryan Higgins, William Austin, and new Daltonian doubts about
the origin of the atomic theory', can be accessed in the FirstCite section at http://rsnr.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2014/08/20/rsnr.2014.0025.abstract.

Unfortunately, it is not available via Open Access, but I just wanted to alert those who might be interested in the subject matter.

Food for thought!


Mark Grossman
28 Cypress Lane
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510