Part of the front of Codex Selden, the manuscript that concealed the newly discovered images for almost 500 years.One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques.The Codex Selden, a book of concertina-folded pages made out of a five-metre strip of deerhide, is one of a handful of illustrated books of history and mythology that survived wholesale destruction by Spanish conquerors and missionaries in the 16th century.A covered-up page with a page from the Codex Selden.Researchers using hyperspectral imaging, a technique originally used for geological research and astrophysics, discovered the underlying images hidden beneath a layer of gesso, a plaster made from ground gypsum and chalk, without damaging the priceless later manuscript.The underlying images must be older than the codex on top, which is believed to have been made about 1560 and was donated to Oxford s Bodleian library in the 17th century by the scholar and collector John Selden.
You’re appointed the social media manager for a world-renowned institution like Oxford’s Bodleian Library.Obviously, you spend the next year making GIFs out of the thousands of precious cultural treasures hoarded there.At least that’s what Adam Koszary did.It’s actually not an easy question.The audience is largely scholars and bookworms who probably pronounce GIF “gee eye eff.” Your bosses are academics who discourage experimentation, especially among young persons.It’s one thing for MedievalReacts to do it, but the Bod itself?
Forget the detractors and the hyperbole, Ada Lovelace warrants her status in the history of science on the facts alone, says Ursula MartinUniversal History Archive/Universal Images Group/REX/ShutterstockMore than two centuries after her birth, controversy still surrounds the work of Ada Lovelace.Although hailed as a computing pioneer, and an icon for those promoting women in science, detractors persist in painting her as an intellectual lightweight with an overhyped reputation, and some suggest she didn’t even write the paper for which she is famous.Invited to work on a display celebrating Lovelace, I had a chance to sort fact from fiction.Organised by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, it has now
William Henry Fox Talbot, the British scientist and inventor, who was born in 1800, was a polymath, well-versed in subjects from botany to the classics, which he studied at Cambridge University.But it was his frustration with paper and pencil that led to his most lasting contributions, in the nascent medium of photography.Using light-sensitive silver nitrate, he was able to create “photogenic drawings,” imprinting the shadows of opaque objects onto paper.A few years later, he would develop a new and more stable photographic technique, the calotype, which was far more economical than the daguerreotype, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre’s method for capturing images on polished silver plating.Talbot’s pioneering images—which the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library is currently in the process of digitizing—are a window into his obsessions, both alchemical and aesthetic.When he brought his camera to Oxford’s campus to document the university’s architecture, he was working to insure that he could capture detail beyond the formal scenes he had been arranging at his estate, and was also enchanted by the idea of imbuing his images with a historical quality that might help them transcend his era.
As well as pretending to be a dwarf and a few warriors, author JRR Tolkien spent a fair bit of his down time imaging a fictional universe based around Santa Claus for the benefit of his children.Over the course of more than 20 years, Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his kids in which he infringed upon the copyright of Santa by pretending to be Santa, with these self-illustrated treats filling in the world of the North Pole's most famous resident and including encounters with polar bears, goblins and the sky-filling aurora borealis.The drawings and letters are to go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, where keen Tolkien enthusiasts will be able to see some possible early links to hobbits living in holes via a Christmas letter that had its stars hiding from goblins in holes in the ground -- a theme that would reappear five years later when The Hobbit would be published.
Tade Oyerinde is obsessed with communications inside educational institutions.A few years ago, while studying at Leeds University in England, he founded Gleepost, a Craigslist-like service targeting college campuses.The startup flopped, so Oyerinde moved on to build with his college roommate and twin brother Uniroulette, a Chatroulette clone but limited to people with .edu email addresses.To get those numbers, the startup officially opened at 8pm each evening, and anyone who tried to login earlier was given a countdown timer.To further drive engagement, Oyerinde created dozens if not hundreds of Facebook pages around the concept of love and missed connections targeting different campuses, such as Leeds Crushes or Bodleian Library Secrets.Students were hooked — and also getting carefully calibrated advertising messages to spend more time on Uniroulette.
stress was placed on centers with manuscripts from before a thousand A.D., and also the majority return from Egypt, wherever the climate have allowed preservation for thousands of years.Holdings vary from stamp-sized items to full pages Mentions Of Ancient History Books.Given Below Are New 20 Books Manuscripts Square Measure Discovered Each Year!Bodleian Library: Oxford University, UKThe Bod boasts the foremost vital assortment of Hebrew manuscripts within the world history ancient and early modern times online book, together with a 12-century manuscript of Rabbi philosopher with the author’s signature, similarly as five,000 fragments Cairo Geniza.University of Cambridge Library, Cambridge, UK
stress was placed on centers with manuscripts from before a thousand A.D., and also the majority return from Egypt, wherever the climate have allowed preservation for thousands of years.Holdings vary from stamp-sized items to full pages Mentions Of Ancient History Books.Given Below Are New 20 Books Manuscripts Square Measure Discovered Each Year!Bodleian Library: Oxford University, UKThe Bod boasts the foremost vital assortment of Hebrew manuscripts within the world history ancient and early modern times online book, together with a 12-century manuscript of Rabbi philosopher with the author’s signature, similarly as five,000 fragments Cairo Geniza.University of Cambridge Library, Cambridge, UK
stress was placed on centers with manuscripts from before a thousand A.D., and also the majority return from Egypt, wherever the climate have allowed preservation for thousands of years.Holdings vary from stamp-sized items to full pages Mentions Of Ancient History Books.Given Below Are New 20 Books Manuscripts Square Measure Discovered Each Year!Bodleian Library: Oxford University, UKThe Bod boasts the foremost vital assortment of Hebrew manuscripts within the world history ancient and early modern times online book, together with a 12-century manuscript of Rabbi philosopher with the author’s signature, similarly as five,000 fragments Cairo Geniza.University of Cambridge Library, Cambridge, UK
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