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Smithsonian: History of Science and Technology: A beautiful site. And it's really nothing more than a "rough" index to the Smithsonian's online exhibitions relating to the history of science. Highlights include History Wired: "A Few of Our Favorite Things," and "Explore the Universe." Not the best reference tool, and downloads can be slow, especially when trying to go back to the homepage, nonetheless fun.

NASA Historical Archive for Manned Missions: Probably the best tool for learning about the development of the space industry. Mission histories (mercury to the shuttle), astronaut bios, and several digitized images. Also one of those sites that--despite its rough appearance--can get you lost in space real fast. Godspeed John Glenn!

Islamic Medical Manuscripts Homepage: National Library of Medicine: Simply stunning. The Web's definitive site for the discussion of Islamic medicine changing the world. The site also does a great thing in really holding the surfer's hand through the explanation of vital figures of the day, terms, vital historical background, and fabulous digital images of actual hand-printed Islamic text at its most gorgeous.

History of Los Alamos National Laboratory: How did a patch of clay in the New Mexico Highlands become the single most important laboratory in modern history? You'll essentially find it here. Los Alamos was the birthplace of the "Manhattan" and "Trinity" projects, endeavors that gave the world the nuclear bomb. Learn about the scientists, the history of the lab, and the decisions to develop the lab, and eventually the bomb. A comfortably sized site with a lot of fascinating information.

History of Plumbing: ThePlumber.com: Perhaps more than you ever wanted to know about this field, but it's science nonetheless. Enjoy a series of articles and surveys of plumbing history, covering much from the Roman bath to the exploits of Thomas Crapper. Stuff that will make you think a bit next time you flush.


Museum of the History of Science: Oxford University: A useful site from the world's preeminent place of learning. Strengths are the site's online exhibitions (check out the "Geometry War") and both a cataloge of items (literally a full listing of museum holdings with full descriptions and--if you're lucky--an image), and one of digital images from the museum (care to see an engraving of Isaac Newton without the whig?).

George Mason University's ECHO Virtual Library for the History of Science, Technology, & Medicine: Just a really solid site, not just simply pulling in the best that the Net has to offer on the history of science, but it provides great exhibitions, generated by George Mason, and covering a number of topics while employing a lot of oral history.

Internet History of Science Sourcebook: Fordham University: A typical Halsall site: well organized, with a nice mix of self-generated text and appropriate links to the best of the Internet. Very strong in its coverage of non-Western thought.

Selected Resources in the History of Science: University of California at Santa Barbara: A worthy list of highly annotated links addressing our topic. Although the list is not very well organized, sites are good, and the Web authors are both medical librarians.

History of Science: University of Kansas: A sinple, but solid site, drawing its content from a number of sites which are fundamental to the topic.

History of Science: Tulane University: A good site crafted by a professor of physics at Tulane. No sophisticated indexing, but links are intact and the sources good.

BUBL Information Service (UK): A super site covering all sorts of areas in the history of science. Will always provide a greater picture into how the Brits perceive things as it is a British academic site.

British Broadcasting Corporation: History of Science & Discovery: A typically solid BBC site that does exceptionally well in the area of biography: for various scientists, you'll find nice narrative essays. Everything else is solid (i.e. online features), but not too much in the mold of workable reference.

History of Medicine: National Library of Medicine: An ideal site for tracking official U.S. Government policy and associate documents (i.e. Surgeon General's Reports). Also, pay special attention to the many manuscript-oriented online exhibits.



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