American science

2015
Schechner, Sara J.Tortoises Sail the Sea.” Wonders and Marvels, 2015, 31 July 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Analysis of a Galapagos tortoise specimen marked "Ship Abigail," which belongs to Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, with remarks on Herman Melville, Charles Darwin, and whaling.  Online at Wonders and Marvels.

tortoises_sail_the_sea.pdf
Schechner, Sara J.Instrumentation.” In A Companion to the History of American Science, edited by Georgina M. Montgomery and Mark A. Largent, 408-419. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Wiley Blackwell instrumentation_schechner_companion_to_history_of_am_sci.pdf
2014
Schechner, Sara J.How Telescopes Came to New England, 1620-1740.” In Scientific Instruments in the History of Science: Studies in Transfer, Use and Preservation, 69-78. Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins (M.A.S.T.), 2014. Full book online schechner_how_telsecopes_came_to_new_england_2014_p69-78.pdf
2012
Schechner, Sara J. “Astronomy behind Enemy Lines: Colonial American Field Expeditions, 1761—1780.” C41/ICHA Science Meetings at the IAU XXVIII General Assembly. Beijing: International Astronomical Union, 2012. Abstract at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schechner, Sara J. “Preservation Challenges in North America: Recent Efforts by the American Astronomical Society.” C41/ICHA Science Meetings at the IAU XXVIII General Assembly. Beijing: International Astronomical Union, 2012. Abstract at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schechner, Sara J.An American of Many Lives. Review of Two Brides for Apollo: The Life of Samuel Williams, 1743-1817, by Robert F. Rothschild.” Journal for the History of Astronomy 43, no. 1 (2012): 122-123. Publisher's Version jha_book_rothschild_on_samuel_williams_vol.43_1_2014_pp.122-123.pdf
Schechner, Sara J.David P. Wheatland (1898 - 1993): Scholar, Author, Avid Collector, Sine qua non for the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.” The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, 2012. Read essay online Wheatland memoir (PDF)
2009
Schechner, Sara J. “Early American Telescopes.” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 41, no. 1 (2009): 186. Abstract at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schechner, Sara J.The Adventures of Captain John Smith Among the Mathematical Practitioners: Cosmology, Mathematics, and Power at the Time of Jamestown.” Rittenhouse: Journal of the Scientific Instrument Enterprise 21, no. 2 (2009): 126-144. rittenhouse_vol21_2007_schechner_adventures_of_caption_john_smith.pdf
2008
Schechner, Sara J. “New Worlds, New Scientific Instruments: Cosmology, Mathematics, and Power at the Time of Jamestown.” In The World of 1607, 229-239. Williamsburg: Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, 2008.
2007
Schechner, Sara J. “The Adventures of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Sundial: Cosmology, Mathematics, and Power at the Time of Jamestown.” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 39, no. 4 (2007): 786. Abstract at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Waywiser
Schechner, Sara J., Jean-Francois Gauvin, and others. “Waywiser.” Online database of the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 2007. Link to Waywiser Abstract
Waywiser, is the online database of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University. It was first developed by Jean-François Gauvin and Sara J. Schechner in 2007--2008, and has since been updated in format by Juan Andres Leon and other museum staff. As curator of the Collection, Schechner is the contributor of thousands of object entries and biographies, particularly in the areas of astronomy, microscopy, optics, time finding, horology, surveying, navigation, psychology, and radio. Work on the database is ongoing. The database is named after an ancient instrument for measuring distance, also called a hodometer.
Surveyor using a waywiser
Schechner, Sara J.The Adventures of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Sundial.” The Compendium 14, no. 1 (2007): 19-24. schechner_smith_pocahontas_sundial_compendium_2007.pdf
2006
Schechner, Sara J. “The Adventures of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Sundial.” In East and West: The Common European Heritage, Book of Abstracts of the XXV Scientific Instrument Symposium. Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University Museum, 2006.
Chaplin, Joyce, Sara J Schechner, and Thomas Horrocks. “Benjamin Franklin: A How-To Guide, Catalog of the Exhibition.” Harvard Library Bulletin 17, no. 1-2, spring-summer, special double issue, "Benjamin Franklin: A How-To Guide" (2006): 47-99. full text online
Schechner, Sara J. “Benjamin Franklin and a Tale of Two Electrical Machines.” Harvard Library Bulletin 17, no. 1-2, spring-summer, special double issue, "Benjamin Franklin: A How-To Guide" (2006): 33-40. full text online
Schechner, Sara J. “The Adventures of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Sundial.” East and West: The Common European Heritage, Proceedings of the XXV Scientific Instrument Symposium. Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University Museum, 2006.
2004
Transits of Venus
Schechner, Sara J, Stephen Johnston, and Steven Turner. “Transits of Venus,” 2004. Transits of Venus websiteAbstract
Transits of Venus is a global collaboration of institutions holding historical scientific instruments, images, and documents used on Transit of Venus expeditions in the 18th and 19th centuries, creating a database of instruments, observing stations, events, people, and institutions. The site was developed by Stephen Johnston, Sara J. Schechner, and Steven Turner, 2003-2004. Additions to the site's database are ongoing.
2001
Schechner, Sara J. “Sciences in America: Colonial Period to 1789.” In The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001.

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