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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Role of Experts in Identifying Witchcraft

A (belated) summary of Jonathan Seitz’s recent colloquium, along with an account of the discussion that followed. Jonathan’s colloquium confronted a number of historiographical issues about expertise and experts. It also showed that early modern talks can draw reasonable crowds.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/23 at 10:53 PM
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

How (Not?) to Popularize the History of Science: Tycho Brahe (again)

The popular podcast, “The Stuff You Missed in History Class” offers an interesting case study in disseminating the history of science to a broad audience. There are lessons to be learned here, lessons to emulate and to avoid.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/19 at 10:42 PM
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calling All Clyde Tombaughs

When Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, he had to work hard at it. Now you can help find exoplanets in the comfort of your own home.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/16 at 10:28 PM
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Rock star genetics: the 27GP

Dude, let’s sequence the genomes of all the rock stars who died at age 27. (A tongue-in-cheek review of some recent stories in genomics and general science.)

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 12/16 at 10:17 AM
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Biblical Natural Philosophy in the Royal Library at the Escorial

Maria Poruondo’s recent colloquium offered a new interpretation of a fresco cycle in the Royal Library at the Escorial—a belated report.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/11 at 11:56 AM

Friday, December 10, 2010

Charles Babbage, Eat Your Heart Out

A video on the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, is a beautiful piece of science communication.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 12/10 at 08:12 AM

Friday, December 03, 2010

Dawn of the Living Brahe: Retro-Diagnosis that Refuses to Die

Brahe may have died, but speculations about how he died and who killed him seem to be alive and well these days (even proliferating). Such conjectures remain pointless. Further, they deny historical expertise and, at least in this instance, represent a secular form of hagiography.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/03 at 10:25 PM

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