Harvard-ENS Spring School

  • Homo sapiens, Worldwide

    By Margo The gallery of the “living” (as opposed to the “fossil,” in Louis Agassiz’ binary classification of organisms on Earth) mammals in the Harvard Museum of Natural History contains many skeletons.  Two of them stand out in particular, more … Continue reading

  • Peter Galison: Practices, Places and Material Culture in the History of Science

      by Silvia, Nicola, and Elisabetta   The second conference planned for the afternoon session was held by Peter Galison, who outlined an overview of the project in which he is currently involved, that is “a material history of the … Continue reading

  • Natural History Museum

    by Silvia, Nicola, and Elisabetta Introduction Wednesday morning was devoted to the visit of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, one of three natural history museums whose public face is the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Janet Browne guided us throughout … Continue reading

  • Fashionable Science

    Look at this magnificent Air Pump, attributed to the famous Abbé Nollet, and built around 1745 – presented in the Harvard Museum of Scientific Instruments: Doesn’t it look familiar to you? Well, maybe not in fact, you might have designed … Continue reading

  • Aye-Aye (Harvard Student Commentary)

    J’aime l’Aye-aye! I also think that The Aye-Aye and I is a great book! If anyone is looking for some pleasurable reading, I recommend you get it.   What was your favorite animal from the museum??   *** I have … Continue reading

  • Historical instruments and the biotech controversy

    by Alessandro & Claudia Harvard’s Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments Harvard University collects scientific instruments since 1672, but it is in 1948 that the present Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments has been established by David P. Wheatland. Today it contains … Continue reading

  • Paul Tillich Lecture

    In the evening, inside the Memorial Church, there has been a lecture in memory of Paulus Tillich, professor at Harvard University. Tillich, born in Germany in 1886, was one of the most prominent Protestant theologians and existentialist philosophers of the … Continue reading

  • Monday : History of medicine in Boston

    This day was mainly dedicated to history and philosophy of medicine. Three important themes emerged : 1)      Architecture as a source for history of medical practices 2)      The use of bio-medical innovations to build the self-representation of an american medicine 3)      … Continue reading

  • Salem

      Upon our arrival in Salem, we first had the opportunity to have a great italo-american brunch. Professor Harrington then led us to the harbor, where she explained us the interest of the excursion. Although Salem got its name from … Continue reading

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