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The centennial of Charles Townes

Today, July 28, would have been the 100th birthday of Charles H. Townes. Of course, he’s not here to enjoy it, because he passed away… 241 more words


Are Cars the Ultimate Myth of Individual Choice?

One of historian Lewis Mumford’s many complaints about modern society was that compulsory action often posed as freedom of choice. In his 1970 book The Pentagon of Power… 759 more words

History Of Science

Galileo's Idol: An Interview

Nick Wilding’s new book is brilliant, thoughtful, and an absolute pleasure to read. Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and The Politics of Knowledge (University of Chicago Press, 2014) takes an unusual approach to understanding Galileo and his context by focusing its narrative on his closest friend, student, and patron, the Venetian Gianfrancesco Sagredo. 58 more words


Stations in the Field: An Interview

While museums, labs, and botanical gardens have been widely studied by historians of science, field stations have received comparatively little attention.Raf De Bont’s new book rectifies this oversight, turning our attention to the importance of biological field stations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in generating new scientific practices, theories, and networks.  65 more words


Faxed: An Interview

Jonathan Coopersmith’s new book takes readers through the century-and-a-half-long history of the fax machine and the technologies that shaped and were shaped by it, from Alexander Bain’s 1843 patent to the computer-based faxing of the end of the 20th century.  57 more words


Jonathan Hulls, Inventor

This is some more from Highways and Byways of Oxford and the Cotswolds:

“Jonathan Hulls was the son of a mechanic at Aston Magna, a hamlet through which the railway now passes between Moreton and Blockley stations. 242 more words

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Wellcome Trust ISSF Award (2015)

I am delighted that my artist’s residency at The University of Manchester has received further funding through the Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF). 67 more words