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    Jennifer M. Rampling, The Experimental Fire: Inventing English Alchemy, 1300–1700 Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2020. Pp. 416. ISBN 978-0-2267-1070-9. £28.00/$35.00 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Richard Dunn - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):119-120.
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  2. William Beinart and Saul Dubow, The Scientific Imagination in South Africa: 1700 to the Present Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022, Pp. 406. ISBN 987-1-1088-3708-8. £64.99 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):121-122.
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    ‘Not Birth, Marriage or Death, but Gastrulation’: The Life of a Quotation in Biology.Nick Hopwood - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):1-26.
    This history of a statement attributed to the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert exemplifies the making and uses of quotations in recent science. Wolpert's dictum, ‘It is not birth, marriage or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life’, was produced in a series of international shifts of medium and scale. It originated in his vivid declaration in conversation with a non-specialist at a workshop dinner, gained its canonical form in a colleague's monograph, and was amplified (...)
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    Elena Aronova, Scientific History: Experiments in History and Politics From the Bolshevik Revolution to the End of the Cold War Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2021. Pp. 256. ISBN 978-0-2267-6138-1. $45.00 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Alex Langstaff - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):124-126.
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    Mapping the Invisible: Knowledge, Credibility and Visions of Earth in Early Modern Cave Maps.Johannes Mattes - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):53-80.
    This paper examines cave environments as unique spaces of knowledge production and shows how visualizations of natural cavities in maps came to be powerful tools in scientific reasoning. Faced with the challenge of limited vision, mapmakers combined empiricism and imagination in an experimental setting and developed specific translation strategies to deal with the uncertain origin of underground objects and the shifting boundaries between the known and the unknown. By deconstructing this type of cartographic representation, which has barely been studied, this (...)
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    ‘The Troubles of Collecting’: William Henry Harvey and the Practicalities of Natural-History Collecting in Britain's Nineteenth-Century World.John McAleer - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):81-100.
    In recent decades, historians have become increasingly interested in the logistical challenges and difficulties encountered by those responsible for the collection, preservation and safe transport of specimens from the field to the museum or laboratory. This article builds on this trend by looking beyond apparent successes to consider the practices and practicalities of shipboard travel and maritime and coastal collecting activities. The discussion focuses on the example of William Henry Harvey, who travelled to Australia in pursuit of cryptogams – non-flowering (...)
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    Descartes on Fermentation in Digestion: Iatromechanism, Analogy and Teleology.Carmen Schmechel - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):101-116.
    Fermentation is a cornerstone phenomenon in Cartesian physiology, accounting for processes such as digestion or blood formation. I argue that the previously unrecognized conceptual tension between the terms ‘fermentation’ and ‘concoction’ reflects Descartes's efforts towards a novel, more thoroughly mechanistic theory of physiology, set up against both Galenism and chymistry. Similarities with chymistry as regards fermentation turn out either epistemologically superficial, or based on shared earlier sources. Descartes tentatively employs ‘fermentation’ as a less teleological alternative to ‘concoction’, later renouncing the (...)
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    Diarmid A. Finnegan, The Voice of Science: British Scientists on the Lecture Circuit in Gilded Age America Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. Pp. Xiii + 286. ISBN 978-0-8229-4681-6. $60.00 (Hardback). [REVIEW]James A. Secord - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):117-119.
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    Mark A. Waddell, Magic, Science and Religion in Early Modern Europe Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Pp. 220. ISBN 978-1-1083-4823-2. £69.99/£19.99 (Hardback/Paperback). [REVIEW]Neil Tarrant - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):123-124.
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    Imperial Entomology: Boris P. Uvarov and Locusts, C.1920–C.1950.Michael Worboys - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):27-51.
    In this article, I explore how the twin forces of imperial and entomological power allowed Britain to shape locust research and control across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Imperial power came from the size of the formal and informal empire, and alliances with other colonial powers to tackle a common threat to agriculture and trade. Entomological authority came primarily from the work of Boris Uvarov and his small team of museum and (...)
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