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El ave del paraíso. Historia natural y alegoría

Book chapter (in Spanish) devoted to the allegorical uses of the bird of paradise in the early modern European context. Some references and sources are here introduced and discussed for the first time. José Ramón Marcaida, “El ave del paraíso. … Continue reading

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‘How To Think About Science’ Series

24 episodes (audio files) devoted to science and its cultures – starting with Simon Schaffer discussing his and Steven Shapin’s Leviathan and the air-pump (1985) among other themes. The whole series can be found here  

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Will Thomas on Ken Alder’s “The History of Science as Oxymoron”

Excellent discussion by historian of science Will Thomas (@GWilliamThomas) on a recent paper by Ken Alder: ‘The History of Science as Oxymoron: From Scientific Exceptionalism to Episcience’. This paper is part of an Isis ‘Focus section’ devoted to ‘The Future … Continue reading

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Mechanical Marvels, Clockwork Dreams – Simon Schaffer

Here you have the full BBC documentary Mechanical Marvels, Clockwork Dreams, written and directed by Simon Schaffer.

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Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture

Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture Colloquia at CRASSH, University of Cambridge (24-25 May 2013) and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (27-28 September 2013). A summary of the main themes of … Continue reading

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Submarine telegraphy – Victorian science

Bruce J. Hunt, “Doing Science in a Global Empire: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in Victorian Britain.” In Bernard Lightman (ed.), Victorian Science in Context (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), 312–33. (from today’s lecture at HPS) + gutta-percha

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Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance art and Arab science

Hans Belting, Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance art and Arab science (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011)

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Cristóbal Suárez de Figueroa – Plaza universal de todas ciencias y artes (1615)

Cristóbal Suárez de Figueroa – Plaza universal de todas ciencias y artes (1615) 

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Automata – Enlightenment

Simon Schaffer (HPS, University of Cambridge) retelling the story of how an article on the Turk –the chess-playing automata– was published in the Berlinische Monatschrift right after Immanuel Kant’s text ‘An answer to the question: What is Enlightenment’. Things: Early … Continue reading

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