Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stephen Johnston on Early-Modern Chymistry

A quick summary of Stephen Johnston’s recent Brown Bag Lecture at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/27 at 04:00 PM

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Call for Proposals: Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium

Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium meeting
19 & 20 May, 2010
Deadline for Proposals:  31 January 2010

Posted by Bonnie on 01/26 at 04:01 PM

Monday, January 25, 2010

HoS Micropost: Science vs. Religion, again

Some quick thoughts on the undead science vs. religion debate and a pointer to a nice rebuttal of a recent version of it.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/25 at 12:56 PM

Sunday, January 24, 2010

File Pluto under “K” for “Kuiper Belt”

A quick review of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s The Pluto Files. Tyson’s book, which just appeared in paperback, is readable, witty, and engaging. It will not, however, convince very many people that Pluto should not be counted amongst the planets.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/24 at 02:09 PM
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

PASHoM January meeting

The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics discussed Berkeley’s critique of calculus on January 21

Posted by tbartlow on 01/23 at 09:24 AM

Friday, January 22, 2010

Building a Temple to Galileo

The main point of this short post is to draw attention to some nice on-line exhibits at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence. The museum is currently being renovated and will reopen as the “Museo Galileo,” which prompted the post’s title.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/22 at 11:35 AM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

HoS Micropost: Matteo Ricci’s World Map

A quick pointer to an article about Matteo Ricci’s World Map from 1602, the first Chinese map to name the Americas. The map will be on display for the next three months.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/20 at 02:42 PM

Monday, January 18, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple (redux)

If you prefer the style of the Guardian, they too have an article on Newton and his apple, and The Royal Society’s Turning the Pages™ gallery. This post also includes links to the British Library’s and the Wellcome Library’s Turning the Pages™ galleries.

UPDATE: This post now also includes a link to the New Scientist article about Newton’s apple.
UPDATE #2: Links to the articles in Scientific American and in the NY Times.
UPDATE #3: Now this is just silly—link to the BBC News story and to the History Today article.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/18 at 08:03 AM

Sunday, January 17, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple

A quick pointer to an article in the Independent about Newton and the apple as well as a link to the Royal Society’s Turning the Pages™ on-line exhibition.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/17 at 10:27 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What is the case for Pluto?

A review of Alan Boyle’s The Case for Pluto, which is readable and enjoyable. As he makes clear in the title, he favors a definition of a planet that would include Pluto, as well as an indeterminate number of yet-to-be-discovered objects orbiting our sun as well as other stars.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/16 at 10:50 PM
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