PACHSmörgåsbord: Historiography/Methodology

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

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Betting on Theories

What happens if Darren Brown’s method of betting on horses is applied to history of science?

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/04 at 05:55 AM

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Against Whiggish History

Rebekah Higgitt denounces whiggish history of science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/03 at 10:51 PM

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On whigs and whig history

Concerns about whig history seem to be popping up frequently, from condemnations, to defenses, to definitions, to misuses.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/11 at 05:20 PM

What Killed King Tut, Another Guess

Another physician takes a crack at guessing what caused King Tut’s death and in the process rejects basic historical methodologies and denies historical expertise.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/11 at 10:43 AM

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Everybody has a “Paradigm”

This useless graph created largely to piss off Edward Tufte charts Kuhn’s use of the word “paradigm” throughout his Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/01 at 10:51 AM

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Did Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Record Supernova?

A scientist looks to the historical record for evidence of a supernova that can account for a spike in carbon-14 levels.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 06/27 at 11:26 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Science is Not Just a Word

Leonardo is once again being held up as a scientist. What are the problems with using such a term anachronistically? This post tries to raise questions about what is science and how do we identify it in the past.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/27 at 02:54 PM
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Should Science Writers Read Historical Material?

Science writers and scientists frequently discuss whether or not science writers should read the scientific papers on which their stories are based. What would happen if we asked similar questions of science writers and scientists who relied on historical sources?

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/30 at 11:40 PM

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Is Professional History Boring?

Here I reflect on some of the pernicious ways professionalization has excluded audiences, audiences that might have an interest in history of science. I use William Cronon’s recent essay and Steven Shapin’s essay from a few years ago to think about the problem of self-absorption and hyperprofessionalism.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/18 at 02:08 PM

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