[Humanist] 28.425 on visualisation

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Oct 21 07:51:03 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 425.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:27:33 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: on visualisation

Thanks to the following generous provision by the Royal Society, 
everyone here will have brief access to Sachiko Kusukawa, "Picturing 
knowledge in the early Royal Society", Notes and Records 65 (2011), on a 
particular case of visualisation which will interest some here. I quote 
the abstract:

> Much of science today relies on visual information of one kind or
> other for its experiments, observations, simulations and
> publications. The historical study of how visual resources (such as
> drawings, prints or models) became integral to scientific knowledge
> is a developing field and an area to which the pictorial remains of
> the early Royal Society have much to contribute. This paper examines
> the examples of Richard Waller (d. 1714 or 1715; FRS 1681) and Henry
> Hunt (d. 1713), Operator of the Society, who both created images for
> the SocietyÂ’s publications and meetings. By focusing on their
> contribution to knowledge rather than on their accuracy, I discuss
> how images were used to express the SocietyÂ’s aspirations and values,
> and were integral to the weekly business of investigating nature in
> the early Royal Society.


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The Royal Society is celebrating Open Access Week - all content is currently free to access until Sunday 26 October 2014.  Open access includes the journal Notes & Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science.

Since 21 October 1803 is the date that John Dalton presented his first table of atomic weights, why not celebrate by downloading a free copy of 'John Dalton and the London atomists: William and Bryan Higgins, William Austin, and new Daltonian doubts about the origin of the atomic theory' at http://bit.ly/1vYU5go (or search Notes & Records home page http://rsnr.royalsocietypublishing.org/).

My paper presents some new takes on how Dalton came up with his table.

Mark Grossman
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Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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