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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thoughts on History of Science in a Science Curriculum

Reflecting on recent concerns about how science is taught (concerns that, we learn, seem to be perennial), I spent some time thinking about a role for the history of science in teaching science. This post surveys some proposed changes to that science curriculum and collects my inchoate thoughts on a role for the history of science in this re-imagined science curriculum.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/23 at 09:00 AM

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On Medieval Sundials and Scholarly Publishing

A review of Catherine Eagleton’s Monks, Manuscripts and Sundials. The Navicula in Medieval England is followed by some reflections on the price of scholarly monographs and editorial oversight.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/20 at 12:51 PM
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Putting Science on Display at HSS 2011

These four papers asked about the role of display and visualization in science from the 17th to the 19th century. Yet another summary of papers at this year’s History of Science Society Annual Conference.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/19 at 12:43 PM

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Early Astronomy and Astrology at HSS 2011

A brief summary of some papers on early modern astronomy and astrology at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Two technical/detailed papers, one that dipped into the sources, and final paper that argued for the importance of Historia in 16th-century astronomy

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/15 at 10:52 PM

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Antikythera Mechanism at HSS 2011

A summary of the panel on the Antikythera Mechanism at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting. One nice review of the mechanism was followed by four technical papers.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/13 at 11:01 PM

Musing on Book Reviews

Prompted by a two very different reviews of Westman’s The Copernican Question, I spent a morning thinking about the form and purpose of a book review. This post tries to hammer those thoughts into something useful.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/13 at 12:56 PM

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