A New Year and New Beginnings

These are exciting times around the office. As those of you in the history of science community have no doubt heard, seven institutions have joined with the dozen members of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science to form the new Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. You can learn more about the Consortium, its vast collections, and its frequent events at this link. Among the coolest things that I’ve discovered while familiarizing myself with its dramatically expanded collections (now over two-million items) was this striking illustration of Diogenes, which was produced in 1787, and which is housed at member-institution Yale. I’m not sure why the image speaks to me, but I mostly just love the idea that when Diogenes set off with his lantern in search of an honest man, his dog was in search of the same.