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Highlights from Viewpoint, June 2015

//Highlights from Viewpoint, June 2015

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 Chelsea, October 16, 1784. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.

Signed admission ticket for Blanchard Balloon ascent from Chelsea, October 16, 1784. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.

“Marionne Cronin reflects on how polar travellers wrapped up warm with under-explored pieces of kit, and Erin Beeston also highlights neglected technologies in her discussion of freight rail.

Polar technologies in action: (L-R) George Noville, Richard Byrd, and Floyd Bennet at King's Bay, Spitsbergen, May 1926. Source: Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, Box 214, Folder 7742.

Polar technologies in action: (L-R) George Noville, Richard Byrd, and Floyd Bennet at King’s Bay, Spitsbergen, May 1926. Source: Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, Box 214, Folder 7742.

“Katherine McAlpine’s article on maritime timepieces explores historical travel necessities. Geographical curiosities are covered by Cristiano Turbil’s article on how Darwin’s ideas circulated the globe, and by Dmitry Shcheglov’s piece on Ptomley’s maps. Metaphorical movements are discussed by Anne M. Thell on brains in early modern science writing and Richard Bellon writes on bringing science back home. Also featured are reports on the promo tion of family friendly history of science by Laura Hobbs and on a fascinating 20th cen tury statistician by Jochen F. Mayer.”

Caption for featured image: GLOBE DIODON FISH’ from A new dictionary of natural history, W.F. Marty (1785), held at the Zoological Library, University of Cambridge. Photograph by Caitlín Doherty.

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