In his short life Francis Willughby immersed himself in the study of natural history yet he has been overshadowed by more famous peers. In a talk on Monday (6 May 2013), historian Dr Richard Serjeantson will draw attention to a remarkable man and his contribution to the beginnings of modern science.
Forgotten female correspondents of Charles Darwin; women who all made substantive contributions to nineteenth century society, are to be brought from the shadows to global attention in celebration of International Women’s Day today (March 8).
As voyages of exploration opened up the world from the 15th century onwards, European culture delighted in encounters with exotic items. Dr José Ramón Marcaida, a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, shows how portrayals of the spectacular bird of paradise reflect the intersection between art and science.
A new study into the grim and frequently heart-breaking history of childhood sickness and death has opened a window on to a surprisingly tender world of close families and devoted parenting in early modern England.
Dr Hannah Newton, an historian of science with an interest in how previous generations coped with childhood illness, digs up some 17th century tips for making medicine taste better and finds evidence for common sense and compassion among the doctors of the day.
An international conference taking place at Cambridge University later this week will reveal that for many centuries alchemy and medicine were deeply intertwined - both in theory and practice.