Saturday, August 11, 2012
I’m interested in how people reinvent the past to justify present-day assumptions or to push an agenda. At the recent 3-Society Meeting in Philadelphia Mike Keas spoke about how certain self-serving myths had made their way into astronomy textbooks from the 19th century. Specifically, how Copernicus’ replacement of the earth-centered cosmos by a sun-centered one demoted us humans from our lofty position at the very center of the cosmos. Well, it sounds convincing—who wouldn’t want to be the center of attention?
Posted by Michal Meyer on 08/11 at 12:19 PM
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Sunday, July 15, 2012
An excerpt from my talk at the Three Societies Conference
Posted by Paul Halpern on 07/15 at 06:40 PM
Reporting sheer enthusiasm for the highly successful Three Societies Meeting
Posted by Paul Halpern on 07/15 at 05:14 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2011
These four papers asked about the role of display and visualization in science from the 17th to the 19th century. Yet another summary of papers at this year’s History of Science Society Annual Conference.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/19 at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A brief summary of some papers on early modern astronomy and astrology at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Two technical/detailed papers, one that dipped into the sources, and final paper that argued for the importance of Historia in 16th-century astronomy
Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/15 at 10:52 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
A summary of the panel on the Antikythera Mechanism at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting. One nice review of the mechanism was followed by four technical papers.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/13 at 11:01 PM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
A summary on the one history of science paper at the Byzantine Studies Conference raises some possible reasons for the marginalization of Byzantine science within the broader history of science discipline.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/10 at 10:33 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Medicine will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, on Friday, 8 October, and Saturday, 9 October 2010. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 6 JUNE.
Posted by Bonnie on 05/19 at 11:54 AM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The RSA held it’s annual conference in Venice last week. It was successful on a number of levels, not the least of which was the number of history of science panels at the conference. With nearly 20 panels and other papers scattered across panels, most historians of science would have found something interesting to hear.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/11 at 09:05 AM
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A quick summary of Stephen Johnston’s recent Brown Bag Lecture at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/27 at 04:00 PM
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