Tagged: science history

The lost map of South Westland - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 27, 2017

Fascinating science stories await those willing to delve into New Zealand’s archives. But few do, because of the vast amount of information to sift through, says Dr Simon Nathan, geologist and guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The first of two issues focused on science history, this … Read More

The Royal Society, 150 years on - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 06, 2017

There’s a common thread running through the 150 year history of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. That is the Society’s ability to reinvent itself, says historian John Martin, who wrote the book Illuminating our World: 150 Years of the Royal Society Te Apārangi launched in Wellington last night. The Society’s latest reconception, in some ways, takes the organisation back to its … Read More

Sir Joseph Bank’s journal and account of New Zealand - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 25, 2014

Readers interested in historic scientific voyages and New Zealand history might like to know that Sir Joseph Bank’s journals of 25 August 1768 — 12 July 1771 aboard the HMS Endeavour under the command of Lieutenant James Cook are available on line from the University of Sydney Australia Digital Collections website. This voyage observed the Transit of Venus … Read More

The bosom serpent - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 05, 2013

Last night I was reading Alison’s latest post. In response to her blog post a commenter remarked that he was not acquainted with the “bosom-dwelling vipers” that Alison referred to in her piece, and remarked that he thought the bosom must be “a marginal ecological niche.”[1] The bosom-dwelling vipers phrase is … Read More

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