History of Science
The history of the biological and physical sciences is strongly represented in landmark editions of works by Newton, Galileo, Darwin, Hooke, Leeuwenhoek, Linnaeus, Jussieu, Gessner, and Audubon, among many others. The collection also includes anatomical works by Vesalius, Harvey, and Fabricius, as well as Renaissance medical herbals, including, Fuchs’ De Historia Stirpium(1542); Hortus Sanitatis (1517); Mattioli’s De Materia Medica (1583); and numerous other beautifully illustrated botanical works. Special Collections also holds numerous 18th-century scientific periodicals, including long runs of Memoires of the French Academie des sciences and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
These works complement the University of Missouri’s emphasis on the life sciences, support interdisciplinary research, and provide an important access point for the study of intellectual history and scientific inquiry.
How to Use the Collection
The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours. Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.
Finding Aids for History of Science
The Rare Book Room was given to the library by the Department of Surgery and is dedicated to Dr. Donald Silver, an Emeritus professor of the…
The Venable Collection documents the history of cartography, geography, and exploration from the sixteenth through the early twentieth century.…
The Education Library of the University Libraries began collecting textbooks in 1968. Donations were solicited and members of the Friends of the…
Born in 1514 in modern-day Belgium, Vesalius studied at the Universities of Louvain, Paris, and Padua before becoming a professor...
On the meteorology of England for the years 1858 to 1862 : and the combination of the results with those of the years 1855, 1856, and 1857 / by James Glaisher, Esq.
pages 182-206 ; 22 cm
"From the Proceedings of the British Meteorological Society, April 20, 1864."
MU: Bound with: Notes on his eighteenth balloon…
An epitome of astronomy, with the new discoveries : including an account of the eidouranion, or transparent orrery, invented by A. Walker and as lectured upon by his son, W. Walker.
Essay on the theory of the earth / By M. Cuvier ... With mineralogical notes, and an account of Cuvier's geological discoveries, by Professor Jameson. To which are now added, Observations on the geology of North America; illustrated by the description of various organic remains, found in that part of the world. By Samuel L. Mitchill.
xxiii, , -43l pages, VIII plate (including frontispiece) ; 22 cm
Bilder-Atlas der Sternenwelt : 41 fein lithographierte Tafeln nebst erklärendem Texte und mehreren Text-Illustrationen : eine Astronomie für jedermann.
Shows cities, railroads, military outposts, areas of Indian habitation, and geographic features for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and a portion of New…