Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Barbara Traister on the Occult Physician Simon Forman

Barbara Traister spoke on the 17th-century English “occult physician” Simon Forman at yesterday’s Brown Bag Lecture. Her talk centered on her work editing one of Forman’s alchemical manuscripts, “Of Appoticaries Druges.”

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/31 at 10:15 PM

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Scientific Revolution: China’s Failure (pt. 1)?

This is the first is of perhaps three or four posts that explores the history and historiography of the Scientific Revolution. In particular, these posts will examine some of the explanations historians have given for why the Scientific Revolution occurred in Western Europe and not elsewhere, most notably China or Islam.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/30 at 06:00 AM

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #6

This week’s roundup of posts includes a few good articles too. There were a number of good Ada Lovelace posts around, but rather than link to them all, I chose a couple that I liked and pointed to the Ada Lovelace site, which collected most of them.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/28 at 12:00 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #5

A short Smörgåsbord of posts and articles from last week.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/21 at 08:51 AM

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Joris Mercelis on Baekeland and Bakelite

A review of the recent Brown Bag Lecture at the CHF. Joris Mercelis tries to adjust the standard history of plastics in the U.S. and technology transfer across national borders.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/18 at 08:48 AM

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Giant’s Shoulders #21—History of Science Blog Carnival

The Giant’s Shoulders #21—the monthly history of science blog carnival comes to PACHS for the first time. Read on for some great history of science posts on topics spanning the last 450 years.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/16 at 10:13 PM
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #4

This week’s roundup of links includes a couple links to articles in newspapers as well as the selection of blog posts that have attracted my attention this past week. This week there are a few nice links to posts on earlier topics.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/14 at 09:48 AM

Saturday, March 13, 2010

HoS Micropost: Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius turns 400

Yet another anniversary to celebrate today: the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/13 at 10:45 PM


The latest in my Pluto project posts. This post, on the anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of a trans-Neptunian object, looks as some of those earliest announcements to see how they portrayed the discovery and who got credit for making it.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/13 at 10:30 PM

Monday, March 08, 2010

Medicines for the Faithful

This (long) post offers some thoughts about Peruna and its continued success into the 20th century. I suggest that Peruna’s success needs to be seen within the context of a continuing belief in astrology, particularly amongst certain populations in the U.S. I highlight the ways that Peruna’s astrological claims would resonate with the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/08 at 01:47 PM

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