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Eiffel and the Telling of Technological Stories

By Patrick De Oliveira Roland Barthes described the Eiffel Tower as “a universal symbol of Paris.”[1] Built to celebrate both the French Revolution’s centennial and the nineteenth century’s sweeping industrial transformations, the Tower can...
From: Age of Revolutions on 23 May 2022

Benjamin Franklin, Fireman

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents and titles. He was a printer, writer, scientist, inventor, politician, diplomat, and philosopher, among other things.... The post Benjamin Franklin, Fireman appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Christmas Trilogy 2021 Part 2: He was the author of rambling volumes on every subject under the sun?

The acolytes of Ada Lovelace are big fans of Sydney Padua’s comic book, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (Penguin, 2015). One can not deny Padua’s talent as a graphic artist, but her largely warped (she claims mostly true) account...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 26 Dec 2021

Review: Surveying in Early America

BOOK REVIEW: Surveying in Early America: The Point of Beginning, An Illustrated History by Dan Patterson and Clinton Terry (Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati Press, 2021)... The post Review: Surveying in Early America appeared first on Journal...

This Week on Dispatches: David M. Griffin on the Brooklyn Line Forts of 1776

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews architect and JAR contributor David M. Griffin on his research to determine the possible appearance and... The post This Week on Dispatches: David M. Griffin on the Brooklyn Line Forts of 1776...

Call for papers: Early modern science, technology, and institutions

The University of Manchester Conference to be held at the University of Manchester Date: May 13, 2022 Conference title: Early modern science, technology, and institutions Keynote speakers: Debin Ma (University of Oxford) and David...
From: Economic Growth in History on 13 Oct 2021

What Were the Brooklyn Line of Forts in 1776?

The planned capture of New York City in 1776 by British forces set the stage for what was to become the largest battle of... The post What Were the Brooklyn Line of Forts in 1776? appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Renaissance Science – XX

The term the Republic of Letters is one that one can often encounter in the history of Early Modern or Modern Europe, but what does it mean and to whom does it apply? Republic comes from the Latin res publica and means res “affair, matter, thing” publica “public,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 6 Oct 2021

Guns on Mount Defiance

Discussions about the American evacuation of Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga on the night of July 5, 1777 frequently address the question: could shot... The post Guns on Mount Defiance appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

I do wish people wouldn’t post things like this

I stumbled across the following image on Facebook, being reposted by people who should know better, and it awoke my inner HISTSCI_HULK: I shall only be commenting on the first three images, if anybody has any criticism of the other ones, they’re...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 3 Sep 2021

The seventeenth-century Chinese civil servant from Cologne 

From its very beginnings the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) was set up as a missionary movement carrying the Catholic Religion to all corners of the world. It also had a very strong educational emphasis in its missions, carrying the knowledge of Europe...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 4 Aug 2021

Renaissance Science – XV

Vitruvius’ De architectura was by no means the only book rediscovered from antiquity that dealt with the construction and use of machines and the Renaissance artist-engineers were also not the only authors producing new texts on machines. In this...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 28 Jul 2021

In Defense of Mount Independence

It’s an understatement to say that the spring of 1776 had not gone well for the American army in Canada. After a campaign that... The post In Defense of Mount Independence appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Renaissance Science – XIV

In the previous episode we saw how the Renaissance rediscovery of Vitruvius’ De architectura influenced the development of architecture during the Renaissance and dissolved the boundary between the intellectual theoreticians and the practical artisans....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 14 Jul 2021

Renaissance Science – XIII

As already explained in the fourth episode of this series, the Humanist Renaissance was characterised by a reference for classical literature, mostly Roman, recovered from original Latin manuscripts and not filtered and distorted through repeated translations...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Jul 2021

The deviser of the King’s horologes

There can’t be many Renaissance mathematici, whose existence was ennobled by a personal portrait by the master of the Renaissance portrait, Hans Holbein the younger. In fact, I only know of one, the German mathematicus, Nicolas Kratzer. Nicolas...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 9 Jun 2021

Christmas Trilogy 2020 Part 2: Charles brightens up the theatre

There is a strong tendency in the present to view Charles Babbage as a one trick pony i.e., Babbage the computer pioneer. In reality he was a true polymath whose intellectual activities covered a very wide spectrum. Already as a student at Cambridge,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 26 Dec 2020

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part LI

  By the middle of the nineteenth century there was no doubt that the Earth rotated on its own axis, but there was still no direct empirical evidence that it did so. There was the indirect evidence provided by the Newton-Huygens theory of the shape...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 16 Dec 2020

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part L

By the end of the eighteenth century, Newton’s version of the heliocentric theory was firmly established as the accepted model of the solar system. Whilst not yet totally accurate, a reasonable figure for the distance between the Earth and the Sun,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 2 Dec 2020

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