Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ancient Technologies or Modern Fantasies?

The latest rant about engineers dabbling in the history of science. This time, an Italian mechanical engineer “reconstructs” Archimedes’ steam cannon, despite any evidence that they existed.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/20 at 10:55 PM
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Exploring Collections: George Tannstetter as Editor

Continuing to explore the rich collections here in Philadelphia, this post looks at three textbooks edited by Georg Tannstetter, the Viennese astrologer/astronomer and personal physician to Emperor Maximilian I. Tannstetter’s texts are in The College of Physicians, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/19 at 10:47 PM

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Exploring Collections: Johannes Ganivet’s Amicus medicorum at the College of Physicians

A quick look at three editions of Joh. Ganivet’s important tract on medical astrology: the Amicus medicorum. Written in the early 15th century, it was printed five times between 1496 and 1614. The earliest three are at the College of Physicians.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/18 at 10:41 PM

Monday, July 12, 2010

Making Science Fun: Joseph Moxon’s Astronomical Playing Cards

This post looks at Joseph Moxon’s efforts in the late 17th century to make science fun and to popularize astronomy by using astronomical playing cards.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/12 at 10:43 PM

Friday, July 09, 2010

Exploring Collections: Tracts on the French Disease in the College of Physicians

This post points to some early tracts on the French Disease (often identified as syphilis) and offers a brief account of Joseph Grünpeck’s two works on the disease, highlighting his astrological account of the illness.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/09 at 11:23 AM

Thursday, July 08, 2010

History of Science in Philadelphia—The E.D. Cope Residence

Edward Drinker Cope’s townhouses still stand on the corner of Pine and 21st streets. The plaque in front clearly marks them for the few passers by to see.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/08 at 10:56 PM

More History of Science on “In Our Time”

Melvyn Bragg, host of BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time,” regularly examines topics in the history of science. His recent program on Pliny’s Historia naturalis joins a long list of such programs.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/08 at 10:07 PM

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

HoS Micropost: Infectious Disease and IQ

The latest attempt to essentialize and reify IQ, to apply it to disparate populations, and draw strong conclusions.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/06 at 11:15 PM

HoS Micropost: King Tut, again

Yet another effort to identify King Tut’s cause of death. This time sickle cell disease is the culprit.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/06 at 10:38 PM

Heresy is not all that thrilling

A critical review of S.J. Parris’s Heresy. Despite promising reviews, the book is something of a disappointment.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/06 at 10:07 AM

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