Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Discovery in Kuhn’s Structure

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

Energy Drinks—Today’s Patent Medicines

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

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