General medieval sciences, including astronomy, alchemy, metrology, geology, natural philosophy, and similar studies.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2005-10-31 07:30
Ph.D candidate in Materials Science and Engineering Dan Jeffery is using ancient technologies to understand how bloomery furnaces work. Bloomery furnaces were in common use "in Japan, Renaissance Europe, ancient Rome, Africa, and many other places to make iron and steel for armor, swords, locks, tools and hundreds of other household items."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-10-27 19:05
After the failure of Jamie and Adam to reconstruct a working model of Archimedes' death ray for Mythbusters, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken up the challenge.
Submitted by Aoife on Thu, 2005-10-27 09:59
Think modern society has a monopoly on power tools? Think again! For the mechanically-inclined, this week's edition of Aoife's Links is chock full of serious drool-bait: medieval machines.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-09-30 11:14
Monty Python's Terry Jones will host a documentary on the history of numbers. The Story of 1, which merges the comedian/writer's quirky wit with historical research, will be presented by BBC 1.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2005-08-15 16:15
Engineers from the University of Liverpool in England have created a reproduction of an ancient Iraqi harp, the Lyre if Ur.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-08-14 09:56
In an article for Science & Theology News, columnist Carolyn Moynihan discusses the facts and myths of scientific thought in the medieval world.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2005-07-13 15:27
This museum is a celebration of fascinating devices that don't work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures. Watch and be amazed as we bring to life eccentric and even intricate perpetual motion machines that have remained steadfastly unmoving since their inception.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2005-07-06 17:38
Researchers at the Royal Society, a British scientific association, have discovered notes on alchemy by Sir Isaac Newton that were previously thought to have been permanently lost.
Submitted by Aoife on Mon, 2005-07-04 08:44
From a secure bunker at an undisclosed location in the Pocono Mountains, Dame Aoife sends forth links about the history of the "artillery" whose echoing thunder now resounds through her abode.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-07-03 13:41
While Stonehenge is a popular attraction for those wishing to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the monument may actually have been constructed to celebrate the Winter holiday.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-07-03 10:58
In its July 2005 issue, Science et Vie explains how an artist used medieval techiques to recreate the image on the cloth.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-06-11 08:57
Fascinated by machines that almost - but don't quite - work? Here's a website dedicated to fascinating devices that would have been grand, if only they had really worked.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2005-05-23 17:21
The only known copy of Archimedes work known as the treatise "Method of Mechanical Theorems" may soon be visible again.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-05-22 08:59
Dutch scientists have discovered new, non-invasive techniques to identify the composition of the inks and pigments used in Gutenberg Bibles in order to better preserve the books.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-05-14 13:28
In what may well be one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever, the National Geographic Society has teamed with IBM to use DNA to map the spread of humanity across the globe.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-05-13 16:51
In an article for Nature, Leonardo Ricci, of the University of Trento, writes that poet Dante Alighieri described the law of motion in physics 300 years before Galileo.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-05-05 12:10
On May 7, 2005, the East Campus Courtyard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be the scene of the first — and only — Time Traveler Convention. All time travelers are encouraged to make their appearances between 8:00 and 10:00 pm on that day.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-05-01 09:20
An article in the Lawrence Journal-World looks at Kent Whealy and the Seed Savers Exchange, a network of argriculturalists whose mission is to preserve the diversity of plants.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-04-22 16:24
Richard Preston of the New Yorker discusses the how two mathematicians aided in the restoration of the Cloisters' famous Unicorn Tapestries and in the process, discovered a mystery.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-04-21 12:29
If you're one of those people who has always hankered to own your own siege engine but don't have a large enough garage to store it, your prayers may be answered in the form of a paper trebuchet.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-04-16 10:05
A new theory speculates that a flood, which killed 2,000 people in southern Wales in 1607, may have been a tsunami.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2005-04-12 18:45
"Fast or feast: reconstructing diet in later medieval England by stable isotope analysis," an article by Michael P. Richardsa, appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-04-09 12:40
Live Science, an online magazine, looks at the history of the Shroud of Turin and offers a factsheet with established facts about the Shroud.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-03-27 17:58
A new study shows a colleration between "difficult social periods" discussed in Viking sagas and unusually cold weather patterns.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2005-03-17 15:43
The Medieval Science Page is a comprehensive directory of cataloged links to resources about general science in the Middle Ages. Topics include alchemy, navigation, mathematics, medicine, botany, timekeeping (horology), weights and measures (metrology), physics, and many others.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2005-03-16 14:26
The Vienna Art Centre offers a new Leonardo da Vinci exhibit featuring 62 working models (some full-scale and some miniature) of his mechanical inventions.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-01-14 13:06
A laboratory once used by Leonardo da Vinci for his research into the natural sciences, but later sealed off by adjacent construction, has been found at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in Florence, Italy.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2004-11-21 17:44
Archaeology looks at the medieval alchemist as chemist rather than magician.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2004-11-21 14:20
University of New York at Buffalo geophysicist Gregory S. Baker believes laptops may be more effective tools for archeologists than picks and trowels.
Submitted by Aoife on Thu, 2004-11-18 13:21
This week's Aoife's Links List is on the subject of Medieval Handgonnes, Cannon, Arquebus and Matchlokkes.