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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Formulating Questions in the History of Science

The third post recounting my efforts to instill curiosity in students and to encourage them to ask questions of source material. This time I try to model for them how to approach a source and how to formulate questions of that source.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/29 at 10:32 PM
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Philadelphia story

The discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome in 1960 was a landmark in cancer research—and an illustration of the primitive state of human cytogenetics.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 09/28 at 07:12 AM

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Why Should Anybody Care about Byzantine Science?

Looking at Nikephoros Gregoras’s text on the astrolabe as a case study in Byzantine science, this post suggests that we need to take more seriously Byzantine science because early-modern scholars took it seriously.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/23 at 10:48 PM
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Medicalizing Violence

The recent shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital provokes a historical reflection on constructing antisocial behavior as genetic disease.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 09/17 at 04:50 PM

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Modeling Curiosity in the History of Science?

A follow up to my previous post about teaching students to be curious. Model curiosity seems to be the mantra: show them how to ask questions.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/16 at 10:59 AM

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How to Teach Curiosity in the History of Science?

Some thoughts on trying to teach the history of science. And a request for help.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/12 at 02:35 PM
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Joseph Moxon Popularizes Astronomy

More on Joseph Moxon’s efforts to popularize astronomy. This post looks at his A Tutor to Astronomy and Geography, Or an Easie and Speedy way to Know the Use of both the Globes, Coelestial and Terrestrial, which was intended to help sell his globes as well as popularize astronomy.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/10 at 11:37 AM

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Personal genomics: “measures of intelligence”

A direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomics company includes “measures of intelligence” in their personal genomics kit. It’s an idea with a long and sordid history.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 09/09 at 07:19 AM
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