Saturday, March 7, 2009

700 Years of Scientific & Medical Drawings - Beautiful Steampunk Resource

While spending a smashing day at the Library researching some ancient Mayan technology for possible use in some certain upgrades for the Anomaly Obscura Engine, I ran across this collection of works and immediately knew I simply must share it.

The New York Public Library has a Digital Gallery available for viewing online that contains almost 300 scientific drawings from the last 700 years. Talk about an invaluable research tool for all you engineers and inventors out there! In my perusal of the documents I saw everything from naturalist sketches, astronomy, botany, human anatomy, chemistry, and even some machinery drawn out in an exploded view and presumably used for æthyric travel through time. Yes, æthyric time travel, or distilling alcohol. It's hard to tell.

Here are some of the sketches that I randomly picked out of the gallery to share, to help illustrate the beauty and quality of this collection. Click any of the images to go to the NYPL Digital Gallery - Pictures of Science: 700 Years of Scientific and Medical Illustration.

Steampunk Adventures - Fossil Shells sketch, 1832 Steampunk Adventures - Machinery sketch, 1789

Steampunk Adventures - Platonic Planet sketch, 1596 Steampunk Adventures - Chemistry Sketch, 1789

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