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October 2013

Assessing the Value of Modular Design

October 23, 2013
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/77741495 Eric Friesel, Ph.D. Candidate in Technology Management, Indiana State University. Modular design allows for mixing and matching standard components within a machine to vary its function. For example, standard batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) are replaceable modules that can be selected for low cost, long life, single use, or ability to recharge. Other examples of modularity are found in nature and throughout the productive endeavors of humankind. Join Eric Friesel, Ph.D. Candidate in Technology Management at Indiana State University and…

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Making Oil in Mexico in the 19th Century: The U.S. Oilmen and Scientists Who Took a Chance

October 30, 2013
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/78299801 Dr. Francesco Gerali, 2013 Resident Fellow, Linda Hall Library. Between 1860 and 1910 the political elites of the Mexican government attempted to stabilize and expand Mexico’s economic base into an emerging global economy. During this long and difficult process, oil received special attention as Mexico attempted to set in motion the mechanism of oil production, following the pattern of European and North American countries. In 2011, Francesco Gerali began a post-doctoral project on the development of the modern Mexican…

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November 2013

Jesuit Science in Lisbon: The Practice of Astronomy in the Court of King João V, 1723-1750

November 13, 2013
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/79443707 In 1722, following a request by King João V of Portugal, two missionaries from the Naples College traveled to Lisbon: Giovanni Battista Carbone (1694-1750) and Domenico Capassi (1694-1736). The aim was to employ the two astronomers in cartographical work on the state of Maranhão, in Brazil. In this lecture, Luis Tirapicos, a PhD candidate in history of science at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, will discuss the work of these and other Jesuit astronomers in the wider context of…

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July 2014

Through Dark and Mysterious Paths: The Search the Origin of Springs from the 16th to the 18th Century

July 23, 2014
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/102054014 Dr. Francesco Luzzini, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, and Linda Hall Library Resident Fellow.

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September 2014

Feather Wings, Leather Wings: Victorian Geology and the Moral Hierarchy of Deep Time

September 10, 2014, 3:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/106224940 Caitlin Silberman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, University of Wisconsin. Narratives in which membranous, leather-winged demons or dragons face off against feather-winged angels and heroes are hardly original to the Victorians. However, discoveries of fossil pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and Jurassic birds in the nineteenth century opened up new spaces for wings to perform their cultural work. In this presentation, Silberman argues that the cultural connotations attached to different types of wings conditioned the framing of flying creatures by early…

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