History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources

The History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources devoted to many eras of the history of science and the history of technology. Here may be found materials for educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research and scholarly communities studying the history of science and/or the history of technology.

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The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
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This archive features all the known work of Charles Darwin, including his publications, private papers, supplementary works, and specimen descriptions. It contains first editions of "Voyage of the Beagle," "Zoology," and "Descent of Man;" all editions of "Origin of Species;" his diary, notebooks, and journal from the "Beagle" voyage; and his autobiography. There is also a bibliography, reviews of his publications, biographies, and obituaries. The archive includes digitized texts, covers and illustrations, as well as downloadable audio files of some works. It is searchable by keyword, name, date, title, document type, language, and several other parameters.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
Van Wyhe, John, 1971-
Date Added:
11/08/2006
The Discovery of Global Warming
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This web site provides an overview of the history of scientific research and public policy on climate change, from the nineteenth century to the present. The site is an expanded version of the book "The Discovery of Global Warming" by Spencer Weart, and is presented as a series of essays with hyperlinks connecting related topics from page to page. Topics include climate data, influences on climate, models of climate change, and societal impacts. The essays are searchable by keyword, and the entire site can be downloaded as a zipped file or a series of printable files (PDFs).

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Spencer R. Weart
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Distillations: Extracts from the Past, Present and Future of Chemistry
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This weekly science podcast focuses on the past, present, and future of chemistry. Program content includes interviews, monologues, reviews, features, and other items intended to provide historical perspective on current scientific issues. Topics covered include, for example, chemistry as technology, performance-enhancing drugs, catalysts, the chemistry of brewing, and preservation. The web site offers a brief synopsis and timeline for each program, and links for streaming the audio or downloading files for later listening. Other materials include links to a selection of science blogs and to other science-oriented podcasts.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Chemistry Gateways and Resources
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Audra J. Wolfe, executive producer
Robert D. Hicks, host
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Historical Scientific Instrument Gallery
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This virtual gallery features a collection of scientific instruments used in the early days of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The gallery's inroduction briefly describes the history of the department and its early instrument purchases, and the recovery and restoration of these items for use in a physical display. The virtual gallery is organized by the functions of the instruments (wave motion, optics, magnetism, and others). Each instrument is represented by a photograph and a brief description with the item's manufacturer, how it was used, and some references. There is also a gallery of "mystery objects," instruments whose function is no longer known.

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History, Law, Politics
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Internet Resources for History of Science and Technology
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This web site, developed by the University of Delaware Library, is a guide to online resources in the history of science and technology. The links it provides are organized by topic and type: starting points (general information), bibliographies and research guides, databases, blogs, museums, libraries, and archives, and others. Topics include general science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, and many other areas.

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History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Linus Pauling: A Centenary Exhibit
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This online exhibit recognizes the life and work of Dr. Linus Pauling. Materials include information on his childhood in Oregon and his college career at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) and the California Institute of Technology. There are also discussions of his research on the nature of the chemical bond, for which he won the 1954 Nobel Prize for chemistry, and of his pacifism and opposition to atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, for which he won the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. Other materials include discussions of his work on sickle-cell anemia, the alpha-helix model for protein molecules, and his late-career research into the physiological effects of nutrients at the molecular level.

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History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Special Collections, Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives, Oregon State University Libraries
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Manufacturer and Builder (1869-1894)
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This is a collection of issues of the monthly journal Manufacturer and Builder from 1869 to 1894, scanned from originals held by the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan. This journal, published from 1869 to 1897, was a "practical journal of industrial progress" devoted to industrial and technological issues of the day. The collection, consisting of scanned images of pages, can be browsed by year or searched by keywords. The issues are part of Cornell University Library's contribution to the Making of America project, a digital library of primary sources in American social history (including history of science and technology) from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
02/24/2000
Milestones:Early Developments in Remote-Control, 1901
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This site provides a brief history of the development of remote control devices by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres-Quevedo. He was the first person to lay down the modern remote control operation principles, which he expressed in a prototype that he patented in 1903 under the name Telekine.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik
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This online exhibition from the National Museum of American History traces the expansion of interest in and teaching of science and mathematics in the United States in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's technical triumph in placing the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit in October 1957. Topics include technological advances brought about by the the Cold War, public excitement over the tracking of satellites, and reform efforts in science education and popular culture triggered by embarrassment at occupying second place in the Space Race. There are also discussions of teaching math and science in the home during the 1950s and 1960s, the development of new technologies for teaching, and efforts to improve primary- and secondary-school science curricula in the United States during the period. References are provided.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Museum of Science, Boston: Virtual Exhibits
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This collection of online exhibits introduces users to a variety of science topics, including the history, methods, and fundamental ideas behind the science of astronomy; how ice-core samples taken in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet reveal human impacts on climate over the past 200 years; and how scanning electron microscopes can extend our powers of observation beyond things that are too fast, too small, too far away, or simply invisible to the naked eye. There are also exhibits on the world's oceans, the scientific discoveries of Leonardo da Vinci, and modern archaeological methods.

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History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum
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The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum is the largest privately-owned collection of U.S. patent models in the world. The museum's web site includes a database of over 700 models that is searchable by item name, patent number, inventor, city, and state. It also features a brief overview of the organization, a history of patent models (from 1790 to 1880, all patent applications were required to be accompanied by a working model of the invention, no more than 12 inches square), links to articles about patent models, and information about on-loan exhibits.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
ScienceMakers Digital Archive
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The ScienceMakers African Americans and Scientific Innovation oral history collection is a growing collection of interviews with scientists designed to increase awareness of the contributions of African American scientists, raise awareness of STEM careers, and increase understanding of STEM concepts. It is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2013
Science and Society Picture Library of Great Britain: Science and Technology
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This library features images depicting the origins and development of major scientific and technological advances collected from a variety of sources in Great Britain, including the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television, and related collections. The pictures are arranged by topic: atomic and nuclear physics, chemistry, electricity and magnetism, optics, and many others. The collection is also searchable by keyword or term, and the images are accompanied by a title, description, reference number, credits, and keywords. Users may download low-resolution watermarked images for evaluation or layout purposes; a small service fee is charged for use of digital images in a final product, or for loan of transparencies. Prints may also be purchased from a print-sales web site.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Scientific American (1846-1869)
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This is a collection of issues of the magazine Scientific American, vols. 2-14 (1846-1859) and new series vols. 1-21 (1859-1869). During that period, Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, provided reports of items submitted to the U.S. Patent Office and articles on the latest technology and research written for the general public. The collection, consisting of scanned images of pages, is browseable by year or searchable by keywords. The issues are part of Cornell University Library's contribution to the Making of America project, a digital library of primary sources in American social history (including history of science and technology) from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
02/24/2000
SparkMuseum: Vintage Radio and Scientific Apparatus
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This online museum features images and brief information on hundreds of electrical devices developed from the late 18th century onward, including spark machines, Leyden jars, voltaic piles, early electric motors, electric lighting, dynamos, transformers, and other devices, and images and information on early telegraph and radio equipment, from their 19th-century beginnings into the 1920s. Much of the collection, which is owned by John D. Jenkins, is on display at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
John D. Jenkins
Date Added:
11/03/2014