(Digital) Humanities

By Gertjan Filarski | Books, museums, arts & the humanities with steps into archeology. Classic and digital methods. Twitter: @GertjanF

Utopian Travels | IISH

Thomas More’s <i>Utopia</i> was published exactly five hundred years ago, in 1516, in Leuven. More had many epigones throughout Europe, particularly in the …

Utopia

Huntington Announces Crowdsourcing Project to Transcribe, Decode Civil War Telegrams - In The News

SAN MARINO, Calif.—In a move to gain new insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced …

Civil War

The 'Connective Tissue' That Liberal Arts Students Need For Lifelong Professional Success

For professionals, a great liberal arts education is an appreciating asset, like a wise investment that earns compounding interest over decades. That’s because the knowledge, skills, and learning capabilities that students develop in college gain value as their careers progress and their …

Liberal arts

DNA could be the perfect place to store our data

It looks like a test tube with dried salt at the bottom, but Microsoft says it could be the future of data storage. The company reported today that …

DNA

Digital humanities scholars are like Silicon Valley ‘disruptors’

Many humanities scholars have praised the digital humanities as one of the more promising developments for their disciplines. But a recent article in …

Humanities

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.<p>They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a …

Source Code

Scientists just found a huge cemetery that might solve one of the Bible’s biggest mysteries

One of the Bible’s deepest and most important mysteries may be about to be solved.<p>Archaeologists appear to have found a cemetery belonging to the …

Ancient civilization

60+ Free Books on Big Data, Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Python, R, and more

<b>By Brendan Martin,</b> (LearnDataSci).<p>Pulled from the web, here is a great collection of eBooks. While every single book in this list is provided for …

Data Mining

The Vatican just digitized this 1,600-year-old epic

Virgil wrote his classic poem, “The Aeneid,” more than 2,000 years ago. Thanks to the Vatican, you can now read one of the the world’s oldest versions of the ancient Latin text online.<p>The Vatican Apostolic Library announced Friday that it has digitized a 1,600 year-old manuscript that contains …

Vatican

Napoleon's Veterans Show Their True Colors In Gorgeous Portraits

Some of the earliest photographs of veterans on Earth are a series of 15 original sepia images of members of Napoleon's army. They were taken in …

Napoleon

The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with David Golumbia - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>FOR AT LEAST THE PAST DECADE, the term “digital humanities” (DH) has captured the imagination and the ire of scholars across American universities.</i> …

Humanities

By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Storytelling

Science funder becomes publisher; publishing, reading articles both free

Today, the UK's Wellcome Trust, a major funder of biomedical research, announced that it was partnering with a publisher called F1000 to create a new …

Publishing

Biologists have recreated life inside in a computer — NOVA Next

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Biology

Scientists use mass spectrometry to 'look inside' an ancient Greek amphora

Russian scientists have identified the components of the oldest bitumen sample to be found in an ancient vase and made an accurate estimate of its …

Archaeology

Daniel Aaron, Critic and Historian Who Pioneered American Studies, Dies at 103

Daniel Aaron, a literary critic and historian who helped preserve the nation’s cultural heritage as a co-founder of the nonprofit Library of America and who pioneered the multifaceted academic field of American studies, died on Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 103.<p>The cause was complications of …

History

Lindisfarne monastery evidence found by amateur archaeologist

<b>An amateur archaeologist has unearthed what is believed to be evidence of one of England's earliest Christian monasteries in a dig on Lindisfarne.</b><p>The rare grave marker, thought to be from the mid 7th-8th Century, has been described as a "stunning find".<p>A £25,000 project off the north-east coast was …

Archaeology

There Is No Scientific Method

In 1970, I had the chance to attend a lecture by Stephen Spender. He described in some detail the stages through which he would pass in crafting a poem. He jotted on a blackboard some lines of verse from successive drafts of one of his poems, asking whether these lines (a) expressed what he wanted …

Poetry

Cold Case: Cops Called To Viking Fortress Over Evidence Of Ancient Arson

"All indications are that there has been a fire set at the gates of the castle."<p>It's one of the coldest cases of all.<p>Police in Denmark have been called to Vallø Borgring, the remains of a Viking fortress, over evidence of arson committed more than 1,000 years ago.<p>"All indications are that there has …

Cold Cases

New Project Uncovers Ancient Games And Gladiators Through The Graffiti Of The Fans

<i>A new project looking at ancient graffiti uncovers the importance of gladiatorial games in the lives of everyday Romans.</i><p>Fans have always been passionate about athletics and sporting events, and so it makes sense that a common theme in ancient graffiti found at sites like Pompeii, Herculaneum, …

Graffiti

Syria’s cultural heritage recreated in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum

Kefah Ali Deeb is a Syrian refugee living in Berlin who is among one of 19 new Syrian and Iraqi guides working at Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site in Berlin’s historic centre. She conducts Arabic language tours at the Pergamon Museum where she tries to remind visitors – some of them also …

Berlin

1890 in glorious colour: the magic of photochromes – in pictures

Historical Photography

Citizen science: how the net is changing the role of amateur researchers

A new exhibition called Beyond the Lab will open at the Science Museum on Thursday, showcasing a cross-section of contemporary biomedical initiatives in Europe. The exhibition will feature the work of seven European scientists conducting urgent research with cutting-edge applications, with the …

Scientific Research

New ‘4D Somme’ Interactive Map of the Battlefields Launched

A new interactive visualisation of the landscape of the Battle of the Somme has been launched by Queen’s University Belfast to coincide with the …

Maps

Over exposed: where are the EU students?

It is hard to see how student recruitment from the EU can be stable until the final exit agreements have been made. Prospective students will need to …

European Union

Watch This Animated History of the Book

For hundreds of years, books have served as the world’s primary method of recording information, sharing knowledge, and telling stories. At some …

Cool

15 great websites for free audiobooks

Audiobooks can bring together the best of both worlds: The joys of a good story and the convenience of easy listening. They also often serve as a …

Literature

The Harvard Professor Who Shot a Financial Titan and Fomented Anti-German Sentiment in a Pre-WWI America

The breaking news of July 4, 1915, shocked New Yorkers and the rest of the country. A shooting at the home of America’s most powerful banker J.P. …

American History

Ancient Egypt: Tattooed mummy challenges the role of women in Egyptian religion

Mysterious tattoos on a 3,000-year-old female mummy have triggered new interrogations about the role of women in the religion of Ancient Egypt. Her …

Egypt