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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

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Exhibitions and Displays

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Conflicting Chronologies: PhD student Meira Gold explores some of the nineteenth century texts that debated the age, origin and development of early Egyptian civilisation and illuminates how Egyptian materials and labour informed these cross-disciplinary disputes.

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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. (November 2018 - April 2019)

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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)

Archive of Whipple Library displays from 2003 to 2012

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