Monday, April 30, 2012

Should Science Writers Read Historical Material?

Science writers and scientists frequently discuss whether or not science writers should read the scientific papers on which their stories are based. What would happen if we asked similar questions of science writers and scientists who relied on historical sources?

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/30 at 11:40 PM

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Thoughts on Comedy and History of Science

The Festival of the Spoken Nerd, an English comedy group, combines comedy with science and performs at festivals and other venues across England and Scotland. Their success along with the success of last week’s “Love, Sex, Death (and Food)” suggests that comedy might be a good way to make history of science and science more interesting to a broader audience.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/29 at 11:09 AM

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fighting the Flat Earth Myth

YouTube user C.G.P. Grey joins the struggle to dislodge the Columbus proved the earth was round myth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/28 at 07:53 AM

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thoughts on “Life, Sex, Death (and Food)”

A summary of last night’s Philadelphia Science Festival event, “Life, Sex, Death (and Food)” that took place at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. It was a great night of comedy and fun.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/27 at 01:40 PM

The Mythical Copernican Moment

James Stevenson draws an analogy between rapid and fundamental technological change today and a mythical Copernican Moment.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/27 at 10:35 AM
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Scurvy Epidemic: Direct-to-Consumer Drug Marketing in 17th-Century England

In the 1670s and 1680 scurvy became a “popular disease” in England. Scurvy grass was thought to cure scurvy and a whole host of other diseases and distempers. Scurvy grass was marketed directly to the public, sold in bookshops and brandy stores. The techniques used to market scurvy grass can seem oddly similar to more recent efforts to sell patent medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/25 at 12:44 PM

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Making History of Science Funny

This week historians of science will team up once again with comedians in an effort to make history of science amusing and engaging to a broader audience.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/22 at 12:46 PM

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Is Professional History Boring?

Here I reflect on some of the pernicious ways professionalization has excluded audiences, audiences that might have an interest in history of science. I use William Cronon’s recent essay and Steven Shapin’s essay from a few years ago to think about the problem of self-absorption and hyperprofessionalism.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/18 at 02:08 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Whither the Book Review

Should the scholarly book review go away? Some people, both scholars and editors, seem to think so.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/10 at 09:58 PM

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