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Galleries at a Glance

The Galileo’s World book lists and “Galleries at a Glance” have been moved to the new oulynx.org site! We have converted oulynx.org from a simple WordPress blog to a drupal site hosted by Reclaim Hosting. oulynx.org Galileo’s World at a … Continue reading

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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. To celebrate, stop by the … Continue reading

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Regiomontanus, Ptolemy’s Almagest (1496)

Ptolemy’s Almagest, the most important work of astronomy for nearly 1500 years, suggests both the richness of the History of Science Collections’ holdings and the need to maintain active acquisitions. The Collections hold more than 50 works of Ptolemy, not … Continue reading

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Athanasius Kircher, Mundus subterraneus (1665)

We have recently made available, in its entirety, high resolution images of the most lavishly-illustrated treatise on the Earth in the 17th century:Athanasius Kircher, Mundus subterraneus (1665). (Gallery; cf. two-page spreads.) The range of interests displayed by Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680) … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin, soil ecologist

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Charles Darwin, Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, 1881; F1357 The last work Darwin published is one of his least-known, but his study of mold and earthworms drew upon his … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin, Botanist

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Charles Darwin regarded natural selection as a “universal law of nature.” Its comprehensive scope led him to investigate the natural world with a breadth of vision that encompassed both plants and animals. Darwin’s … Continue reading

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Darwin on the emotions

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Charles Darwin, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), F1142. In 1872, to illustrate continuities between humans and animals, Charles Darwin explored the expression of the emotions. Dogs have an amazing … Continue reading

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Darwin, Descent of Man (1871)

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, and Selection in relation to Sex, 2 vols. (1871), vol. 1, F937.1.; and vol. 2, F937.2. In 1871 Charles Darwin published a two-volume work which followed up on … Continue reading

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Darwin, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Darwin, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, 2 vols. (1868), vol. 1, F878.1 and vol. 2, F878.2. In a two-volume work, Darwin investigated the degree of variation evident in domesticated animals. For … Continue reading

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Darwin on orchids

Darwin@the Library info | Exhibit brochure (pdf) Darwin, On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects (1862), F800. After publishing the Origin of Species (1859), Darwin spent the remainder of his life exploring the … Continue reading

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