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Internet History of Science Sourcebook

Edited by Paul Halsall, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida, this Fordham University metasite contains links to documents and Web resources pertaining to the history of science. Although this site has a historical focus, it includes interesting science-related links and original texts from great scientific thinkers. Contents are organized by geographic locations...
Galileo and Einstein Home Page

These lecture notes from Michael Fowler, Physics professor at University of Virginia, explore "two revolutions in our perception of the universe," the impacts of Galileo and then Einstein on our understanding of physics. The 27 lectures included here may be a useful supplement and teaching aid for educators. The lectures begin with the early Greeks and follow the progress of scientific thought...
The Unexpected Science to Come

This feature article from Scientific American, "The Unexpected Science to Come" by Sir John Maddox, looks at the next 50 years of scientific discoveries and comes to the conclusion that the most important discoveries will be ones we cannot foresee. The article addresses this topic through the lens of previous discoveries and the patterns they present. Within the text, key terms, names, and ideas...
Online Literature Library : Charles Darwin

While not offering new publications, this fun and handy resource does provide a glimpse into the possible future of libraries and publishing. has made available online four definitive volumes by Charles Darwin. These include The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Origin of Species - 6th Edition, and The Descent of Man.
The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective

Modern astronomy, physics and engineering would not be the same without the contributions of Galileo, Da Vinci, and other Renaissance figures, and this site pays tribute to science in the context of Renaissance art and society. Prof. Joseph W. Dauben, who teaches history of science at the City University of New York, oversees this page, "The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective,"...
Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Brought to you by a group of four Italian, Dutch, and British museums, Epact (stands for European pact) is a digital catalog of over 500 scientific and technical instruments made before 1600. Start from the handlist, a simple list of all the items in the collection, and proceed to catalog entries with pictures and two levels of text -- overview and detailed. There are also articles explaining the...
A Romantic Natural History: A Website Designed to Survey the Relationships Between Literary Works and Natural History in the Century Before Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859)

Created by Ashton Nichols, Professor of English at Dickinson College, this interesting site should appeal to users in both the history of science and literature. Basically, the site explores connections between literary works and natural history in the century before Darwin's Origin of the Species. At the site, visitors will first find several essays by Ashton, some short case studies, and a...
Edgar Fahs Smith Collection

Part of the University of Pennsylvania Library, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image offers a unique collection of chemistry related photographs. The pictures are in three categories and include scientist's portraits, apparatus images, and laboratory images. For example, a link to a 19th century pressure chamber brings up the photograph, information on the people in it, image...
Astronomy 161-The Solar System

The Astronomy 161-The Solar System online course is maintained by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. The twenty two chapters cover everything from time and scale in the universe, development of modern astronomy, the planets, asteroids, meteors, and everything in between. Text, photographs, illustrations, and movies, help users understand the topics along with a...
The Oxford Science Walk

Maintained by The Museum of the History of Science, the Oxford Virtual Science Walk Web site explores "some of the most important and interesting historic scientific sites in Oxford, from the time of the founding of the University in the 13th century and the work of Friar Bacon to advancements in modern science such as the development of penicillin." Visitors visit thirteen sites and view an...
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