Wednesday, July 20, 2011

History of Science Society annual meeting, November 3-6 in Cleveland

The History of Science Society (HSS) has announced that registration for the annual meeting and housing is now open:

Travel grants are also available to grad students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs, so be sure to avail yourself of the support out there!

Several of us are planning on driving together to Cleveland, which is just a day's drive, so consider joining us if you'd like to make the conference more affordable.  The HSS annual meeting is a great opportunity to get connected with colleagues and get your research interests out there -- it's also a relatively low pressure opportunity to present, so keep it in mind for future papers.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

UPDATE: Cat piano!

I recently posted about an image of what appeared to be an early-modern musical instrument that harnessed the vocal stylings of live animals. I had found the image in Gaspar Schott's 1657 Magia universalis at Memorial Library's Special Collections. I am still working on my Latin, so I was unclear whether or not this was actually a musical instrument. Turns out it was! The more popular form of which was the "cat organ" or "cat piano." In fact, this musical instrument has its own wikipedia page. As always, the truth is stranger than fiction.

The blogosphere is alive with the sound of HSMT

Many thanks to Darwin blogger Michael Barton, who has posted an impressive list of blogs and twitter feeds related to the history of science, medicine, and technology: