Well, Well, and What Have We Here: Optical Cards created by Mary Lewis in 1828

August 11th, 2014

Card 55: The magic lantern. Optical cards by Mary Lewis, Camp Hill, December, 1828  (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE)

A mini-exhibit for August 2014 asks (but does not answer) the question: Who was Mary Lewis of Camp Hill (Birmingham, England?) and, in 1828, why did she make 58 carefully handwritten, illustrated flash cards which addressed problems, phenomena, and experiments in optics and vision?

Card 2: A ray of light. Optical cards by Mary Lewis, Camp Hill, December, 1828  (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE)

Mary Lewis’s cards (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE), each with a standard embossed border, were purchased by the History & Special Collections for the Sciences section of UCLA Library Special Collections from Samuel Gedge, a dealer in antiquarian books, manuscripts, and ephemera. They are on display at the Louise M. Biomedical Library (1st floor lobby/research commons) through Labor Day, 2014.

Card 33: The angle of vision. Optical cards by Mary Lewis, Camp Hill, December, 1828  (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE)

This mini-exhibit is part of an occasional series, Well, Well, and What Have We Here, which brings to light (no pun intended) surprising, unexplained, and sometimes unexplainable items from or added to the collections.

Explanations are welcomed.

Card 38: To find what proportion the size of the picture (card 36) bears to the size of the object. Optical cards by Mary Lewis, Camp Hill, December, 1828  (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE)

The cards are titled:

  1. [Title]
  2. A ray of light
  3. In the same medium, the rays of light are in straight lines
  4. Rays of light may be bended
  5. The same joining of mediums will bend some rays and not others
  6. A ray passing obliquely through a plane glass goes on afterward parallel to its first direction though not in the same line
  7. An angle
  8. The angle of incidence
  9. The angle of reflection
  10. To see an object reflected from a plane looking glass
  11. Parallel rays of light
  12. Converging rays
  13. Diverging rays
  14. The eye sees an object by rays diverging from all the visible points of its surface
  15. A pencil of rays, and a radiant point
  16. A focus
  17. A double convex lens or glass, seen edgewise
  18. A plano-convex lens seen edgewise
  19. A double concave lens seen edgewise
  20. A plano-concave lens seen edgewise
  21. A meniscus or concavo-convex lens seen edgewise
  22. The radius of convexity of concavity of lenses
  23. A triangular prism seen end-wise
  24. The focus of the sun’s parallel rays when transmitted through a double convex lens
  25. Parallel rays become parallel again by passing through two convex lenses placed parallel to each other & at double their focal distance
  26. The focus of the sun’s (or any other) parallel rays, transmitted through a plano-convex lens
  27. Rays diverging from a radiant point in the focus of a lens are parallel after passing through the lens
  28. Rays diverging from a radiant point between a convex lens and its focus will continue to diverge, though in a less degree, after passing through the lens
  29. Rays from a radiant point beyond the focal distance of a convex lens will, after passing through the lens, converge to a point or focus on the other side of the lens
  30. Parallel rays passing through a double concave lens
  31. Parallel rays passing through a plano-concave lens
  32. Parallel rays passing thro’ a solid sphere or globe of glass
  33. The angle of vision
  34. Why an object appears smaller and smaller as we recede further and further from it
  35. A convex lens magnifies the angle of vision, and why
  36. Rays from an object passing thro’ a convex lens, will make a picture of the object in a dark room
  37. To form the picture mentioned on card 36, the object must be farther from the lens than the focal distance of the lens
  38. To find what proportion the size of the picture (card 36) bears to the size of the object
  39. The camera obscura
  40. The multiplying glass
  41. An artificial eye
  42. The human eye, with its coats and humours
  43. The sclerotica & cornea of the eye
  44. The choroides and ligamentum ciliare of the eye
  45. The retina and optic nerve of the eye
  46. The pupil and aqueous humour of the eye
  47. The crystalline and vitreous humours of the eye
  48. The manner of vision
  49. Why an object appears large when it is near the eye, and small when far from the eye
  50. Three patches being stuck on a board, to lose sight of the middle one, whilst both the others are visible
  51. The use of convex spectacle
  52. The use of concave spectacles
  53. Single microscope
  54. Refracting telescope
  55. The magic lantern
  56. The phantasmagoria lantern
  57. The polyphantasma
  58. Prismatic colours.

Card 48: the manner of vision. Optical cards by Mary Lewis, Camp Hill, December, 1828  (BIOMED Ms. Coll. no. 347 RARE)

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Call for Applications: 2015 Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

August 5th, 2014

The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history. Read the rest of this entry »

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Undergoing Web Site Maintenance

July 30th, 2014

We have been notified that the web site of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry will be migrated to a new platform beginning August 4. This migration process may take a few days to complete. During this time, the site will be unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact biomed-ref@library.ucla.edu.


Graduate Reading Rooms News

July 25th, 2014

ID checks effective July 21, 2014

Due to unauthorized use of this space, daily BruinCard ID checks are being conducted by CHS security.

All individuals will be asked to swipe their BruinCards.  If you do not have your card or access is denied, you will be asked to leave.

Use of the Graduate Reading Room is restricted to graduate and professional students in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and the Life Sciences division of the College of Letters and Science.

<submitted by Charlene Vinetz>

Two Upcoming NCBI Webinars on July 30 and Aug. 13

July 25th, 2014

NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is hosting two upcoming webinars. On July 30, 12:00-1:30 PM PDT, is the session “BLAST in the Cloud,” which will showcase the experimental NCBI-BLAST Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to configure hardware for BLAST searches using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Further details and registration information are available here. On August 13, 10-11:00 AM PDT, is the session “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation.” Details are available here.

Introducing Faculty of 1000 Prime

July 23rd, 2014

The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library recently subscribed to a valuable new resource called Faculty of 1000 Prime or F1000Prime. F1000 creates recommendations of articles in various subject areas by experts in the field.  F1000’s experts not only recommend articles but also rank the articles importance and explain their selections. Every month F1000Prime publishes more than 1,500 recommendations of articles published in biology and medicine, providing expert commentary on the top 2% of articles indexed in PubMed. Over 3,700 journals have been covered already.

F1000Prime allows scientists to stay up to date on new publications and explore new areas of interest. Additionally, F1000Prime offers an online Journal Club tool to help scientists create, organize, and share conclusions.

For more information on F1000Prime please click here.

<submitted by Liz Goralka>

Instruction Materials for SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program)

July 7th, 2014

Below are links to the materials for the SMDEP library instruction sessions to be held on July 8, 2014 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) auditorium.

Important links:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Is Scopus important to your work? Tell UC about it!

July 7th, 2014

Scopus User Survey

All ten UC campuses have access to Elsevier’s Scopus database for the 2014 calendar year. Scopus is a citation and abstracting database that covers a broad universe of peer reviewed journal and conference literature, with links to Fulltext – when available – through the library. Covering scientific, technical, medical, social science, and arts and humanities disciplines, Scopus indexes nearly 21,000 journals and more than 340 book series from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Scopus allows researchers to perform citation searches to see how many times a work has been cited, by whom, and to rank searches by times cited, from 1996 to the present. Scopus also offers tools to track, analyze, and visualize research, as well as a capability to crosssearch more than 25 million patents.

UC is providing an initial subscription; however, to continue the subscription, the UC Libraries Collection Licensing Subgroup (CLS) needs to hear from the community about whether Scopus is important to UC research. We would like to add many voice to the conversation about whether Scopus is a useful and necessary research and teaching tool.  This link to a very short (i.e., five minute) UC Scopus User survey can be found in the top right corner of every Scopus web page or click here.

Importing Bibliographies into Endnote is Easier with HubMed Citation Finder

July 3rd, 2014

Are you an Endnote user? Have you ever wished that you could import an existing bibliography into your library? HubMed, an alternative interface to PubMed, has a Citation Finder that allows bulk searching of formatted citations – making it easy to move a formatted bibliography from a PDF or Word file into an Endnote library. Here’s a step-by-step guide: Read the rest of this entry »

Electronic Lab Notebooks Workshop: June 25, 2014 in the Biomedical Library

June 19th, 2014

Next in the Data Wednesdays Series:

The “what’s”, “why’s” and “how’s” of Electronic Lab Notebooks

Your data are probably stored as digital files, while the information about your experiment is in your paper notebook. Have you wondered what it would be like to have everything stored together in an Electronic Lab Notebook? Have you wanted to try one or several out but did not have time?

Come to this Data Wednesday workshop on June 25th from noon to 1 P.M. to find out more about the structure and features of several popular ELN’s. The class will meet in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Presented by Vessela Ensberg, Ph.D., Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Please register to reserve your space.

Note: this workshop is not available by webinar.

Questions?  Email biomed-ref@library.ucla.edu for more information.