Publications Science and Technology
The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalog. Erwin Tomash & Michael R. Williams.
This extensively annotated catalogue with approximately 4000 illustrations describes the library formed by computing pioneer Erwin Tomash of over 3000 books and manuscripts on the history of mathematics and computation issued between 1180 and 1955. Learn more »
Charles Thomas Jackson:
“The Head Behind The Hands.”
Applying Science To Implement Discovery And Invention In Early Nineteenth Century America
Richard J. Wolfe & Richard Patterson
This is the first full-length study of Charles Thomas Jackson, one of the most remarkable and maligned figures in the history of American medicine and science. Jackson was a key figure in three notable scientific discoveries made in the United States before 1850: the discovery of surgical anesthesia, brought about with the dentist William T. G. Morton; the discovery of the American electromagnetic telegraph, made in association with the artist Samuel F. B. Morse; and the proving and commercial exploitation of the copper deposits in the state of Michigan. However, out of greed or resentment, those associating with Jackson in these discoveries claimed the honor of discovery for themselves while disparaging Jackson’s claims and painting him as unstable, paranoid and litigious—a reputation that persisted for over 150 years. Charles Thomas Jackson: “The Head behind the Hands” is the first book to come to Jackson’s defense. With the aid of new or long ignored and long forgotten documents and archival records, including printed literature, court records and previously unavailable manuscript sources, Wolfe and Patterson prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jackson was the hero and not the villain in all of these controversial and acrimonious affairs. Learn more »
Origins of Cyberspace: A Library on the History of Computing, Networking and Telecommunications
Diana H. Hook and
Jeremy M. Norman
With contributions by Michael R. Williams
Origins of Cyberspace describes the Jeremy Norman library of technical reports, books, pamphlets, blueprints, typescripts, manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera on the history of computing and computer-related aspects of telecommunications, from the early seventeenth century to about 1969. Learn more »
Pike’s Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Optical, Mathematical, And Philosophical Instruments
Benjamin Pike, Jr.
With a new introduction by Deborah Jean Warner, Ph.D. and a new index to instruments.
The most complete illustrated catalogue of American scientific instruments in the second half of the nineteenth century. Learn more »
The Queen Catalogues
James W. Queen & Co.
$325.00—2 volume set
With a new introduction by Deborah Jean Warner, Curator, History of Physical Sciences, Smithsonian Institution.
Picking up where Pike’s Illustrated Catalogue left off, this collection of 19 extensively illustrated and annotated catalogues, bound in 2 volumes, provides the best available record of the widest range of scientific and artistic instruments available during the latter part of the 19th century. Learn more »
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