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CERN and the History of Science

By Dr. Jim Grozier John Krige’s brief history of politics and physics at CERN (published in Viewpoint 110, June 2016) provides a useful insight into the factors that brought the European research centre into being in the 1950s, including the Cold War, the rise of “big science”, and competition with the USA. Unfortunately, this history [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Blog, Viewpoint|0 Comments

Viewpoint 107

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 [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint 107

Viewpoint 106

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 Contributions All contributions and correspondence should be [...]

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Message from the Viewpoint Editor

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 [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Message from the Viewpoint Editor

Highlights from Viewpoint, June 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. Signed admission ticket for Blanchard Balloon ascent from [...]

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Viewpoint 105

Children 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 [...]

By | December 15th, 2014|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint 105

Viewpoint 104

Supernatural 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 [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint 104

Viewpoint 103

Museums 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 [...]

By | April 24th, 2014|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint 103

Viewpoint 102

Colour/Congress 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 [...]

By | February 25th, 2014|Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint 102

Viewpoint Bonfire Night Special – Fireworks

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

By | November 5th, 2013|BSHS Announcements, News, Viewpoint|Comments Off on Viewpoint Bonfire Night Special – Fireworks