Out of Print Publications

The Museum has a wide range of publications giving in-depth information on areas of the collection. The titles listed below are unfortunately not available at the present time.

The Body as Instrument
Anke Timmermann, Nick Jardine and Debby Banham (eds.), 2006, 48pp

The Cambridge Latin Therapy Group's third booklet, discussing the different uses of the human body as an instrument in writings by the venerable Bede, Johannes Kepler, Robert Fludd, and the anonymous writers of a bestiary and lecture notes from sixteenth-century Vienna. The reader will encounter a maiden and a unicorn, Saint Anastasius, a dismembered hand and a protective medalet, but also be informed about Fludd's idea of the body as a monochord and Kepler's use of bodily imagery in his conception of the world and the cosmos. In itself an instrument of understanding, this publication presents texts and translations as well as notes and theories.

Instruments of Mystery
Catherine Eagleton and Patrick Boner (eds.), 2004, 65pp

A second booklet by the Cambridge Latin Therapy Group on problematic instrument texts, Instruments of Mystery tells how the group arrived at translations of three mysterious sources: a letter from Tycho Brahe ambiguously describing a planetary instrument that he had seen; a manuscript about a cunning device for uprooting a mandrake, without you or your dog being struck dead by its fearsome scream; and an arcane proposal for transmitting coded messages faster than the speed of time. Instruments of Mystery reflects on the status of these elusive instruments and on the ways in which translators can come to terms with the obscurities of such enigmatic, wondrous and inscrutable texts.

Instruments of Translation
Catherine Eagleton, Jennifer Downes, Katherine Harloe, Boris Jardine, Nick Jardine, Adam Mosley, 2003, 54pp

This essay derives from meetings of the Cambridge Latin Therapy Group, a graduate seminar devoted to translating Latin texts on the history of science. We tell how the group arrived at translations of three sources relating to medieval and early modern time-measuring instruments: a manuscript on the use of the navicula sundial; instructions engraved on a 17th-century Rojas dial; and a description of a horological device in Athanasius Kircher's Ars magna lucis et umbrae (1646). We discuss how the difficulties encountered in translation should be represented in critical translations and editions. Our problems and successes in using instruments to interpret texts - and vice versa - show the value of dialogue between historians of books and historians of instruments.

The Physics of Empire: Public Lectures
Richard Staley (ed.), 1994, 142pp

This volume uses a series of specially written essays to explore the work which physicists and technicians performed in their own laboratories, and the connection between these laboratories and the great exhibitions of later 19th-century science.

Instruments of Attraction
Patricia Fara, 1996, 30pp

A booklet to accompany the 'Case Study' prepared by Dr Patricia Fara. It is concerned with Enlightenment England where magnetic phenomena reverberated with a concealed symbolism of occult mystery, sexual attraction and universal sympathies. Selected instruments from the Whipple Museum's collection are used to illustrate how descriptions of the natural world and human emotions shared a common imagery, which has influenced how we think today.

Catalogue 1: Surveying
Oivia Brown, 1982, 48pp

A comprehensive guide to the surveying instruments housed within the Whipple Museum.

Catalogue 2: Balances and Weights
Oivia Brown, 1982, 32pp

A comprehensive guide to the balances and weights housed within the Whipple Museum.

Catalogue 3: Astronomy and Navigation
J.A. Bennett, 1983, 44pp

A comprehensive guide to the astronomy and navigation instruments housed within the Whipple Museum.

Catalogue 4: Spheres, Globes and Orreries
Oivia Brown, 1983, 24pp

A comprehensive guide to the sheres, globes and orreries housed within the Whipple Museum.

Catalogue 5: Spectroscopes, Prisms and Gratings
J.A. Bennett, 1984, 32pp

A comprehensive guide to the spectroscopes, prisms and gratings housed within the Whipple Museum.

Catalogue 7: Microscopes
Oivia Brown, 1989, 92pp

A comprehensive guide to the microscopes and microscopy accessories housed within the Whipple Museum.

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