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July 2013

Homology, Redux: Revisiting Pre-Darwinian Debates within Comparative Biology

July 24, 2013
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/71171754 Dr. Catherine Kendig, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Missouri Western State University, and Resident Fellow at the Linda Hall Library. The concepts of homology and analogy continue to be a source of heated discussion within comparative anatomy and comparative genomics. Richard Owen provided the first formal distinction between the similarity of structure or “homology” and the similarity of function or “analogy.” His contribution was pivotal to the development of early 19th-century British biology. Dr. Catherine Kendig, Assistant…

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August 2013

“Taming Our Machines:” Race and America’s Robots, 1790-2010

August 14, 2013
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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http://vimeo.com/72551078 Dr. Dustin Abnet, PhD, Indiana University, and Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University. Dr. Dustin Abnet uses the history of robots and automata to explain changes in how Americans imagined the relationship between race and technology from the late 18th century to the present. Examining exhibition automata, toy catalogs, science and engineering periodicals, films, and other sources, he shows how imagining robots in the forms of different types of people helped Americans address the tensions created by the rise…

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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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