Monthly Archives: June 2010

Earliest published microscopic study

Galileo’s Sidereus nuncius (Venice, 1610) created an international sensation as the first published record of observations made with a telescope. Yet many people do not realize that Galileo was also involved with the first published record of observations made with … Continue reading

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The Night Sky at Alamut

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day features a photo of the night sky at Alamut, in the Alborz Mountains of Iran, northeast of Tehran. Alamut Castle was for a while the home of the Persian mathematician and astronomer Nasir al-Din … 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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Baroillet manuscript

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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