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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

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Exhibitions and Displays

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Curating the Chemical Elements: In advance of the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev's publication of the periodic table, PhD student Karoliina Pulkkinen explores alternative ways in which the elements have been organised.

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Personifying Plague: exploring the ways plague has been imagined in the West, from the early modern to the present day. Prepared by Ranana Dine, HMS MPhil student 2017-18 (July - November 2018 )


Marginalia: a selection of books that have been annotated by readers both known and unknown (February - July 2018)



Exploring Deep History: exploring the history of geology, inspired by a donation to the Library by Professor Martin Rudwick, prepared by Claire Matthews (September 2017 - February 2018)

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Staging the History of Science: exploring theatrical representations of three major themes in the history of science, prepared by HPS MPhil students Juila Ostmann and Alona Bach (June - September 2017)

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" is not difficult to define a BIRD": exhibition featuring a selection of British Museum postcards and bird related books (April - June 2017)


Writing science: interpreters, educators, scholars: featuring material on a wide range of topics by Women  who were scholars, educators and interpreters of scientific information from the mid 18th to the early 20th centuries (November 2016 - April 2017)


The leg bone's connected to the knee bone: exploring anatomy books in the collections (April-November 2016)

Books from the collection of Sir George Howard Darwin: featuring items once owned by George Darwin, son of Charles, and related books in the Whipple’s collections (February-April 2016)
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Colour Science: exploring the history of colour science as represented in the Whipple collections (September 2015-February 2016)

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Microscopy in Print: exhibiting material donated to the Whipple Library from Gerard L’Estrange Turner’s collection of microscope books (May-September 2015)

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Archive of Whipple Library displays from 2003 to 2012