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Focuses on the visual aspects of herbals, receipt books, and still room manuals
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The Scientist’s Space: The Laboratory

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Musings upon movement from the domestic still room to the laboratory. The de-feminization of chemistry, I say!  And, some talk of worms on a dish. Really.

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Distilling lavender oil: Rainier Distillers

This looks interesting; custom welded herb distillation set-up from a whisky-whiskey distilling expert.

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Nature News Blog: Thousands of old manuscripts burned amidst renewed clashes in Cairo

Nature News Blog: Thousands of old manuscripts burned amidst renewed clashes in Cairo | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
Cross posted from Nature Middle East’s House of Wisdom blog on behalf of Mohammed Yahia.
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Back Issues: Takes: Evelyn Lauder

Back Issues: Takes: Evelyn Lauder | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
The field executives filed into a room set up like a stylized laboratory, so they could understand how Beautiful came to be. There was a distillation apparatus, with the cutest wiggles of glass condenser coils and rose-oil-filled flasks.
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From a 1960's biology book | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

From a 1960's biology book | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it

From a 1960's biology book...Not distallation, upon inspection!  Is a model for how to triangulate in on heat generated by hamster "work."

 

Besides, who wants distallate of hamster?  Well, for early modern women, distallate of snail, coveys (pigeons/doves), and other animals were used in recipes.  Really.

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BBC's Volatile History of Chemistry | Brain Pickings

BBC's Volatile History of Chemistry | Brain Pickings | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
In Part 1, Discovering the Elements, Al-Khalili tackles one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science, tracing the steps of the chemists who risked their lives to find and fight for the building blocks of our entire ...
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Smithsonian Libraries: Captivated by Science, Mathematics, and Imagination: An 18th Century Lady's Commonplace Book

Smithsonian Libraries: Captivated by Science, Mathematics, and Imagination: An 18th Century Lady's Commonplace Book | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blogathon in celebration of October’s American Archives Month.
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What Did Galileo Know of Arabic/Islamic Science and How Did He ...

What Did Galileo Know of Arabic/Islamic Science and How Did He ... | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
He received the History of Astronomy Prize from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 1996, and the History of Science Prize given by the Third World Academy of Science in 1993. He has also been ...
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Das Buch zu Distillieren by Hieronymus Braunschweig (Strasbourg, 1519)
This is a large folio volume packed with detailed illustrations of distillation equipment, furnaces, and Renaissance men engaged in the distillation process. Braunschweig was a chemist and pharmacist, and his book also includes instructions on how to distill essential oils from various plants, as well as information about how to use the resulting products to treat particular ailments. It is a beautiful book, linking the world of the medieval herbal with the early days of experimental chemistry. This volume was donated to the Royal Society in 1667 as part of the Arundel Library.

 

Hmm. Wonder who had this book: How did these ladies set up their still rooms?

Alethea Howard, 13th Baroness Furnivall, Countess of Arundel (1585 – 3 June [O.S. 24 May] 1654)[1], née Lady Alethea Talbot, was the wife of Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel. She was the youngest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Mary Cavendish; and the sister of two other countesses: Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent. 

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Science Diction: The Origin Of The Petri Dish - NPR

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Petri DishNPRScience historian Howard Markel recounts the history of this ubiquitous lab supply, and the serendipitous discovery of the stuff in it, agar.
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Botany Education in the 18th Century

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In the 18th century, botany books were mostly written for a female audience. Women were encouraged to study botany as it was considered to be an acceptable activity for women. In Linnaeus in Letter...
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History of Geology: The Toadstone

History of Geology: The Toadstone | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it
The Bufonite / Botrax / Borax / Batrachite / Chelonite / Brontias / dragonstone or Lapis Bufonis / toadstone is a particular form of gemstone that grows in the brains of toads, most often after various toads jumped on the head of ...
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SCETI: Smith Scientists & Philosophers [12]

SCETI: Smith Scientists & Philosophers [12] | bain de Marie: Women and the roots of botanical chemistry | Scoop.it

Jane Marcet wrote "Conversations on Chemistry": the full text is digitized here:

http://www.rsc.org/Library/Collections/Historical/Conversations/index.asp

 

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Drug Trade

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Part of an exhibit on the history of the drug trade at the Museum of the History of Science (Oxford).

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