Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tales of Scientific Heroes are Just Celebrity Bios

A small branch library in Arizona shelved Science, Technology, and Society with the rest of the celebrity biographies. What initially seemed odd now seems perfectly reasonable.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/31 at 11:36 AM

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Astrology and Medicine at the College of Physicians

An exhibition at the College of Physicians highlights the close connection between astrology and medicine.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/29 at 11:39 PM

Medical Marketing Pamphlets

Another pamphlet of useful knowledge used to market medical services. This one comes from 1937 and the offices of Dr. Wm. A. Walker in New York.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/29 at 10:16 AM

Monday, January 28, 2013

History of Science on Stamps

Stamps offer one way countries celebrate their scientific achievements. So then why do these Polish stamps have signs of the zodiac on them?

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/28 at 12:31 PM

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Plagiarism in 17th-Century Pamphlets?

Piracy in early modern printing was common, often motivated by profit. A pair of pamphlets from the late 1650s prompt us to think more about how specific borrowings might reflect cultural expectations and tropes.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/26 at 01:59 PM

Friday, January 25, 2013

Roman Science?

Daryn Lehoux’s new book, What Did the Romans Know? was recently reviewed in Science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/25 at 04:44 PM

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It’s About Domains of Expertise

Unfortunately, the history of science is easily distorted or misleadingly presented to make point in the present.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/08 at 02:00 PM
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Monday, January 07, 2013

What can Witchcraft Confessions Teach Us?

A recent article in the BBC about Japanese preference for confessions in criminal trials seems oddly familiar. Confessions for witchcraft can raise some interesting questions about confessions and our continued reliance on them

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/07 at 01:32 PM

Friday, January 04, 2013

Traces of Reading Left by a Historian of Science

Further adventures in an academic’s library. Once again we can begin to piece together his reading practices and predilections. These notes come from his undergraduate years as an engineering student.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/04 at 01:35 PM

A Historian of Science Reads Kuhn

Our intrepid physicist-turned historian of science turns his attention and pencil toward Thomas Kuhn. Here’s what he thought.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/04 at 01:29 PM

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