Publications

2011
Schechner, Sara J.Materialna kultura astronomii w życiu codziennym: Zegary słoneczne, nauka i przemiany społeczne.” GNOMONIKA.pl: Zegary słoneczne, czyli słoneczniki, 2011. Publisher's Version OnlineAbstract

"The Material Culture of Astronomy in Daily Life: Sundials, Science, and Social Change," Journal for the History of Astronomy 32 (2001): 189-222. Translated into Polish by Darek Oczki, and posted with color illustrations in three parts on the Polish sundial website, http://gnomonika.pl at these addresses:

  1. Zegary słoneczne, nauka i przemiany społeczne (cz. 1): http://gnomonika.pl/news.php?id=54
  2. Zegary słoneczne, nauka i przemiany społeczne (cz. 2): http://gnomonika.pl/news.php?id=59
  3. Zegary słoneczne, nauka i przemiany społeczne (cz. 3): http://gnomonika.pl/news.php?id=62
Zegary sloneczne czyli sloneczniki (PDF)
Schechner, Sara J. “IAU Historical Instruments Working Group: Triennial Report (2009-2011).” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 14 (2011): 235-236.
Schechner, Sara J. “Division IX/Commission 41/Working Group Historical Instruments.” Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 7, no. T28A (2011): 400-402. PDF
Stork, David G, Jacob Collins, Marco Duarte, Yasuo Furuichi, Dave Kale, Ashutosh Kulkarni, Dirk M Robinson, Sara J Schechner, Christopher W Tyler, and Nicholas C Williams. “Did Early Renaissance Painters Trace Optically Projected Images? The Conclusion of Independent Scientists, Art Historians, and Artists.” In Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Analysis, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks , 215-242. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011. Barnes & Noble proof copy of text
2010
Schechner, Sara J. “Review of Eastern Astrolabes, by David Pingree.” HAD News April 2010, no. 76 (2010): 6-7.
Schechner, Sara J. “Essay Review of Eastern Astrolabes, by David Pingree.” Aestimatio 7 (2010): 7-11.
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.
Schechner, Sara J.Astrolabes and Medieval Travel.” In The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel, 181-210. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008. astrolabes_and_medieval_travel_2008_schechner.pdf
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. “Review of Elizabethan Instrument Makers: The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making, by Gerard L’E. Turner.” Isis 97 (2006): 743.
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.
Schechner, Sara J. “Astrolabes and the Medieval Traveler.” AVISTA Forum Journal 16, no. 1/2 (2006): 30-32.
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.

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