Science Art: Scheutz mechanical calculator (Zeichnung der Difference Engine No.1 aus dem Jahr 1853), 1867.
Now, after that brief, regrettable interruption in service, a tribute to the computer.
This illustration is from The Elements of Natural Philosophy; Or, An Introduction to the Study of the Physical Sciences, a book Charles Brooke wrote, expanding upon the work of Golding Bird. If Brooke did the illustrations or if someone else did, I’m not sure.
This is a machine used to make mathematics; it’s an ancestor of the computer, and a kind of difference engine. The machine…
SOURCE:Based on “Vulnerability made us human: how our early ancestors turned disability into advantage”, PhysOrg, 15 June 2015, as used in the post “The Vulnerable Ape theory of human origins.”
ABSTRACT: This is the late song. I had the chorus on time, but no verses. Will these do? They have mutations and selection in them.
This is a song about tolerating people who are wrong an…
This is a waterwheel, from a book written by architect and engineer Georg Andreas Boeckler, under the title Theatrum machinarum novum : exhibens opera molaria et aquatica constructum industria Georgi Andrea Böckleri… and so on. (The title page doesn’t have a lot of white space on it.)
For the Renaissance, this is pretty high tech – it turns running water into flour!
Boeckler built fountains. He had a thing for moving water… and moving things with water. His whole book of wonderfu…
These are paper sculptures of birds’ wings – four specific categories of birds’ wings. As explained by their creator:
This is my paper sculpture of the basic structural differences of the wing types in birds: High Lift, Elliptical, High Aspect/Soaring, and High Speed. Some of the most important differences were the inclusion of wing slots and the alula.
That’s a lot of little snips done just right.
This seems to be a minute beetle, as pictured in Objects for the microscope, being a popular description of the most instructive and beautiful subjects for exhibition by Louisa Lane Clarke.
It’s quite lovely, though. This is a sample of a larger illustration. Nearby on the same page, you ca…
File this, I guess, under “the problem with Jurassic Park.”
The little claw at the bottom belonged to the fearsome Velociraptor, a category of creatures most of whom were about the size of a house cat ( like so ). The big scary claw up top belongs to Deionychus, closer to the size of a German shepherd… or the super-scary dinosaurs in the movie ( like so ).
The really scary uncle of these guys was Utahraptor, just for the record. About the size of a small car… and…