Post-War Botany

Between 1716 and 1717, Joan Salvador i Riera, an apothecary from Barcelona and Antoine de Jussieu, a professor of botany at Le Jardin du Roi in Paris, travelled the roads of Spain and Portugal, sometime by calash, sometimes on mule back, to make «botanical observations». This article provides a brief overview of the Salvador family and a glimpse of the journey made by these two naturalists.


Voyages of Discovery

Every journey, even the most trivial, has an element of discovery, both in terms of discovering the outside world and the traveller’s self-discovery. For some travellers, however, discovery is the very purpose of their journey, and history has witnessed their widely ranging objectives, ingenuity and deeds.


Control and power: Scientists at El Escorial

Philip II of Spain was instructed in humanism, was an Erasmus reader and a loved magic and occultism books. He had a soft spot for architecture and geometry, he knew the works of Dürer and Vitruvius, and Pico della Mirandola. In his library, you could

Alfredo Baratas

Interview with Alfredo Baratas

Alfredo Baratas Díaz is Full Professor of Science History at the School of Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid as well as the author of Primer Centenario de un Premio Nobel: Ramón y Cajal (Centennial of a Nobel Prize: Ramón y Cajal). Last May


Ramon Margalef

Homenatge a Ramón Margalef, ecòleg i naturalista català, conegut per les seues contribucions a l'oceanografia, la limnologia i la teoria ecològica.


Interview with Salvador Giner

Interview of the Observatori de les Dues Cultures with  Salvador Giner, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and President of the Institute for Catalan Studies.

Guido Reni. Charity, ca. 1630

Science and moral

ABSTRACT Scientific and, particularly, medical discourses have played a key role in the creation and dissemination of the standard model of motherhood envisaged as a vocation in itself, an exclusive task, women’s natural destiny and their self-realisation. Here we explore the origins of this social model

Susan Hiller. From the Freud Museum, 1991-1996.

An obstacle race

ABSTRACT A scientific career is often like an obstacle course, but for women there are additional problems and specific mechanisms of exclusion. This article shows us the strategies used to overcome some such hurdles by reviewing the biographies of four psychologists who endeavoured to receive academic


Electricity and its Audience

Throughout the seventeenth century, public exhibitions of natural phenomena caused or discovered by scientists began to have a major social impact. Prints and paintings of that period show the public dimension of corpse dissection experiences in anatomical theatres, while scientific academies contributed to the promotion


Interview with Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

Perhaps among the features that best characterise the work of Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Paris-Sorbonne University, are her tireless efforts to build intellectual bridges and help us understand science in the past and present.