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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

HoS Micropost: Matteo Ricci’s World Map

A quick pointer to an article about Matteo Ricci’s World Map from 1602, the first Chinese map to name the Americas. The map will be on display for the next three months.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/20 at 02:42 PM

Monday, January 18, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple (redux)

If you prefer the style of the Guardian, they too have an article on Newton and his apple, and The Royal Society’s Turning the Pages™ gallery. This post also includes links to the British Library’s and the Wellcome Library’s Turning the Pages™ galleries.

UPDATE: This post now also includes a link to the New Scientist article about Newton’s apple.
UPDATE #2: Links to the articles in Scientific American and in the NY Times.
UPDATE #3: Now this is just silly—link to the BBC News story and to the History Today article.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/18 at 08:03 AM

Sunday, January 17, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple

A quick pointer to an article in the Independent about Newton and the apple as well as a link to the Royal Society’s Turning the Pages™ on-line exhibition.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/17 at 10:27 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What is the case for Pluto?

A review of Alan Boyle’s The Case for Pluto, which is readable and enjoyable. As he makes clear in the title, he favors a definition of a planet that would include Pluto, as well as an indeterminate number of yet-to-be-discovered objects orbiting our sun as well as other stars.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/16 at 10:50 PM
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Friday, January 15, 2010

On-line Exhibition: The Mind of Leonardo

The Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence has a nice new exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci. The myth of Leonardo continues to grow.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/15 at 10:13 AM

Thursday, January 07, 2010

What’s so Confidential about Pluto?

In my growing survey of the literature on Pluto, here I review a recent book by two astronomer who claim to be on opposite sides of the debate. They try to conceal their positions until the final chapter, but the general tone of the book supports Pluto’s claim to planethood.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/07 at 10:55 AM
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

HoS Micropost: Harry Potter and Renaissance Magic

The National Library of Medicine has a nice exhibition on Harry Potter and Renaissance science and magic. Sadly, the traveling exhibition is not coming to Philadelphia, so be content with the on-line version.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/06 at 02:40 PM

Science and the History of Science on the Radio

A round-up of different radio shows devoted to the history of science and science, including NPR, BBC, and CBC programs. Most of these are available as podcasts or through other audio archives.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/06 at 02:12 PM
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Monday, January 04, 2010

Science Hagiography, Google Style

Today Google celebrates Isaac Newton’s birthday with a falling apple.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/04 at 10:15 AM

Friday, January 01, 2010

Collectible History of Science Books (Building Private Museums)

Rare and collectible books continued to fetch high prices, according to Abebooks. Of course, the more frugal shopper could find some of the same books for as much as $10,000 less. But then, you lose bragging rights if you only pay a few hundred dollars for your copy of Darwin when you could have paid 20 times as much.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/01 at 10:14 AM

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