Magazine article History Today

Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment

Magazine article History Today

Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment

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www.nahste.ac.uk

This site is designed to open up a variety of outstanding collections of archives and manuscripts held by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heriot-Watt. Funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme, it provides carefully-indexed details of several hundred thousand documents in the collections of some forty-three organisations and individuals active in Scottish science. Outline biographies of many are also included, as are a number of images and soundclips.

It covers, among many others, collections of the papers of David Gregory, expert in the 1690s on cometary orbits, and a friend of Isaac Newton; John Walker, the naturalist who inventoried the economic bounty of the Scottish highlands; Robert Jameson, mineralogist; the chemist Joseph Black; polymath John Robison; and geologists Charles Lyell, Archibald Geckie and Roderick Impey Murchison. Enthusiasts of the history of zoology will appreciate access to the archive of James Cossar Ewart, who studied animal eyes and many other topics. …

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