Saturday, January 26, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, January 03, 2013
This post reflects on how Kuhn uses discovery in his The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. This post was originally written for a different context but didn’t see the light of the day there so I post it here (cross posted from here).
Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/03 at 01:19 PM
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The renewed attention directed at energy drinks and their efficacy recalls efforts a century ago to outlaw patent medicines.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/02 at 12:55 PM
Monday, December 17, 2012
Recent attempts to reconstruct Noah’s ark join a long line of such efforts. One of the more thoughtful came from pen of the 17th-century Jesuit polymath and all-around quirky thinker, Athanasius Kircher.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/17 at 11:29 AM
Friday, November 23, 2012
In 1879 The Phrenological Journal evaluated Andrew White just after he had been appointed ambassador to Germany.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/23 at 06:59 PM
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