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The Medieval Science Page

James McNelis, Editor. I am also Editor-in-Chief of Envoi: A Review Journal of Medieval Literature, and Founding Editor of ¨ˇstel . Full text of several articles may be accessed from its website.

 This page has been continuously available on the World-Wide Web since October 19, 1995.

 Last updated 29 June, 1998: 

  • Added link to the Society for Medieval Technology and Science. 

Welcome to medieval science on the Web. This page is intended to provide a convenient and comprehensive set of links to all Internet resources worldwide which deal with aspects of medieval science, both in Western and other cultures.

 References to new sites are welcome; please send e-mail to me at with information about them.



Contents by Topic

* Alchemy * Animals * Astrolabe * Astronomy * Botany * Calendars * Cartography * Mathematics * Medicine * Physics * Time * Museums (under construction) * General History of Science * Renaissance Materials

 The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science (SHMTS)

 The Society is based in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford University.

 Conferences, Meetings, and Announcements


General Medieval Science E-Mail Lists

The Medieval Science List

 You may get a list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX MEDSCI-L" command to LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU. You may then order these files with a "GET MEDSCI-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the latter.

 History of Science: Med-Tech List

 To join, send the following message to

 subscribe name institution


Medieval Science by Topic

The Alchemy Home Page.

The Aberdeen Bestiary Project
A detailed and informative source, with convenient cross-indexing.

 Hunting and Falconry
This page will provide links to references on medieval hunting and falconry as practiced in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and other regions.

Note: this site includes a commercial solicitation. The link is provided by me because the site does contain useful information. I do not myself have any commercial involvement with it, or make any representations concerning it.

There are many net resources devoted to astronomy. These are only a selection which may be of greater interest to those studying the medieval period:






Mathematics  Medicine  Physics
The Physics of Aristotle. The file is on a gopher server and is about 500KB in size.




Museums of the History of Science (under construction)

 General History of Science
The WWWVL for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine


Renaissance Materials

Although not strictly within the purview of this page, there are several web sites of interest relating to the renaissance period; accordingly, some are listed below.


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