Science as Art

Charles Estienne (1504-1564), De Dissectione Partium Corporis Humani Libri Tres, Paris 1545

Early advances in anatomy

William Harvey (1578-1657), Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis, Frankfurt 1628

What the heart really does

Manṣūr ibn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf ibn Ilyās (14th century), Tashrih-i Mansuri [The Anatomy of Mansur of Shiraz]

The human body in Islamic medicine

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), watercolour of the Shiant Isles, 1893-4

The art of geology


Album of preserved samples of Scottish mosses, c.1828

Botany – the art of preservation

Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror, in the years 1839-1843,  London 1844-60

Green life in the southern oceans

Moses Harris, The Aurelian or, Natural History of English Insects; Namely, Moths and Butterflies, London 1778

Collecting the beautiful

Euclid (c.300 BC), Elementa Geometriae, Venice 1482 and  Elements of Geometry, manuscript, 19th century

The shape of the idea

Roslin Institute Collection, glass positive slides, early 20th century

International travel and pig breeding – a unique visual record

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