Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kepler on supernova, theology and astrology

Johannes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1571, is the subject of a couple recent interesting articles. These articles are an opportunity to see how Kepler was typical of the early-modern European scholar, a person as interested in astronomy and optics (our notion of sciences) as theology and astrology.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/31 at 12:17 PM
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Best History of Science Books for 2009

This post surveys a number of popular lists of best books for 2009 to cull from them a list of the best history of science and science books from the past year. It will, perhaps, not surprise many people that only a few books on the history of science make it onto these best books lists.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/29 at 10:46 PM

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Govert Shilling: Pluto is Icy Chunk of Space Debris

Govert Shilling’s The Hunt for Planet X is the second review in my survey of the literature on Pluto. Unlike Weintraub, Shilling does not think Pluto deserves the status of planet. It seems that for Shilling, the IAU’s decision in 2006 was long overdue.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/20 at 10:49 PM
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Friday, December 18, 2009

A review of David A. Weintraub’s Is Pluto a Planet?

This is the first review of the literature on Pluto. Here I look at David Weintraub’s Is Pluto a Planet? Weintraub supports Pluto’s planetary status and is, probably, still upset that the IAU’s definition of a planet excludes Pluto.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/18 at 01:25 AM
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A literature review of Pluto

This post is the first in series of posts on Pluto, formerly known as a planet. I offer some background to why I am interested in Pluto and provide a sketch of the form this series of posts will take. I do not offer any opinion about the status of Pluto, at least not here.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/17 at 10:15 PM
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Monday, December 14, 2009

The ultimate blog post

Saying bye-bye to the PACHSmörgåsbord.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

HoS Micropost: Charles Babbage’s “Difference Engine” at NPR

A quick pointer to a reconstruction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, currently on display at the Computer History Museum and reported on at NPR.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/13 at 12:45 PM

Friday, December 11, 2009

December PASHoM meeting

Posted by tbartlow on 12/11 at 09:29 AM

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