Viewpoint 107

By |April 28th, 2016|

In issue 107:

Off and away – travel issue, featuring balloons, bikes, trains, and even “wandering minds” (and of course all the kit required to travel, such as maps and timepieces).
Laura Hobbs explains her family friendly history of science project which was awarded a BSHS Grant.
An interview with Ben Marsden.

Viewpoint is the colourful […]

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Viewpoint 106

By |April 28th, 2016|

In issue 106:

I ♥ U Special!
Contributors including Fay Bound Alberti, Anne Hanley, Miquel Baradell Baruzzi; Ayesha Nathoo reflects on changes in approaches to fixing and preventing broken hearts
A BSHS Grant report on ‘Openness, Secrecy & Careers in Biological Warfare Research’ by Emily Richards
An interview with Chiara Ambrosio

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Message from the Viewpoint Editor

By |December 1st, 2015|

Alice White, Viewpoint editor, writes:

“It’s roughly half-way through term for many of us – if fatigue has started to set in, then there’s no better time to settle down with the latest issue of Viewpoint, which is all about historical science at work. You could avoid “burn out” by reading a fascinating article on the […]

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Highlights from Viewpoint, June 2015

By |June 23rd, 2015|

Editor Alice White writes:

“As many of us head off on conferences or holidays this June, this issue of Viewpoint roams far and wide on the topic of travel. A feature by Caitlín Doherty notes the challenges and opportunities of vertical travel in the 18th century.

“Marionne Cronin reflects on how polar travellers wrapped up warm with […]

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Viewpoint 105

By |December 15th, 2014|


Issue 105 is themed around the history of science for children. The feature article by Rebecca Onion (1-3) explores the dangerous consequences when juvenile experiments go wrong, and argues for the role of error and injury in histories of science at home. Peter Bowler continues the nostalgic theme, with his introduction to Meccano Magazine (4), […]

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Viewpoint 104

By |August 26th, 2014|


Issue 104 explores the shifting relationships between the natural and supernatural worlds, across time and across the globe. There are two feature articles: Christine Ferguson commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War by discussing Oliver Lodge’s spiritualistic testimonial, Raymond (1-4); and Joydeep Sen reveals the fascinating history and mythology behind Mumbai’s engineered landscape (8-11). […]

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Viewpoint 103

By |April 24th, 2014|


Issue 103 introduces the Great Exhibitions competition 2014, with a feature article from Jamie Stark and Katy Barrett of the BSHS Outreach and Education Committee (1-2), who discuss connections between academic and curatorial work, and ask what makes for a good show? Alison Boyle gives an introduction to the balancing act of curating an exhibition […]

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Viewpoint 102

By |February 25th, 2014|


This 20-page special issue of Viewpoint is themed around colour, with three feature articles exploring how colours have been identified, made, and used in the history of science. Charlotte Nicklas opens with a discussion of chemical fashions for the mid-19thC public (1-3); Simon Werrett sheds light on the origins of colour in early modern fireworks (4-5); […]

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Viewpoint Bonfire Night Special – Fireworks

By |November 5th, 2013|

To celebrate Bonfire Night, here’s Simon Werrett’s piece on ‘Full Colour Fireworks’ from the October 2013 issue of Viewpoint. Enjoy!

Melanie Keene, Viewpoint editor

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Viewpoint 101

By |July 30th, 2013|


Issue #101 features the history of emotions: Thomas Dixon’s tearful feature article (1-3) explores the science of weeping in the Shakespearean age; Katy Price (7) introduces an extraordinary and moving astronomical poem by William Empson; and Chris Millard uses the Lost Emotions Machine to recreate past emotional states with public audiences (4). The winners of […]

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