New Internet Sites and Services for History of Science
Regular readers of this Newsletter will note that this news feature has become a regular column, as opportunities to use the Internet for historical scholarship, education, and entertainment continue to proliferate. Work is proceeding to mount the AIP's articles (with links and other materials) on the World Wide Web.
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The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, has launched an extensive information service. Among the pages available to World Wide Web users are: a version of the special exhibition now running at the Museum called "The Measurers: a Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth Century;" images of instruments, portraits, and illustrations from the Museum's collections, notably a special exhibition of early photographs including Michael Faraday and John Herschel; and news and information from the Museum itself, including publications and newsletter. The pages contain 150 images, all for viewing at two sizes (low and medium resolution); in addition very large versions of the images in The Measurers exhibition can be used for detailed examination. The Museum's URL is: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/.
Biography is a proven way to organize historical information, and Websters are taking advantage. New biographical Web sites of note are a Leo Szilard exhibit with links to documentary sources, at http://www.peak.org/~danneng/szilard.html, and a Galileo project with a variety of hyperlinked texts and pictures at http://www.rice.edu/Galileo.
Seeking to expand understanding of the history of women in physics in connection with the forthcoming centennial of the American Physical Society, a page has been established, currently containing a call for volunteers to help in the project. It is at: http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~cwp.
The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) World Wide Web Home Page has moved to: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/j/jherkert/index.html. The site features information about SSIT, including the Technology and Society electronic mailing list, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and the International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), as well as links to related Internet resources.
Among sites mentioned in articles
in past Newsletters there has been an especially notable expansion of
the ASAP (Australian Science & Technology Project--World Wide Web Virtual
Library for History of Science, Technology & Medicine), the most comprehensive
general source for the field, at a NEW address: http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/hstm/hstm_ove.htm.
This is a well-organized collection of some 200 links, including a rapidly
expanding biographical dictionary, and currently attracting some 1,000
accesses per week. Check also the improvements in the history page of
the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, now including
links to histories of several of its labs, at
http://history.nasa.gov; and the CalTech Archives at http://www.caltech.edu/archives.