PACHSmörgåsbord: Historiography/Methodology

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Renaissance Art or Neuroanatomy (part 1)?

The first rant about physicians and scientists dabbling in the history of science. The example this time is an article by F. L. Meshberger on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 06/03 at 10:00 PM
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

More on Important Books in the History of Science

Yet another list of important scientific books.  This list was compiled over at the blog The Curious Wavefunction to address the lack of scientific books on the BBC’s list of 100 important books.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/14 at 05:18 PM

Monday, January 25, 2010

HoS Micropost: Science vs. Religion, again

Some quick thoughts on the undead science vs. religion debate and a pointer to a nice rebuttal of a recent version of it.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/25 at 12:56 PM

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A literature review of Pluto

This post is the first in series of posts on Pluto, formerly known as a planet. I offer some background to why I am interested in Pluto and provide a sketch of the form this series of posts will take. I do not offer any opinion about the status of Pluto, at least not here.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/17 at 10:15 PM
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lorraine Daston on History of Science vs. Science Studies

Lorraine Daston’s current essay in Critical Inquiry offers an account of the divergence of science studies from history of science. At the core of her analysis is a compelling argument about the way that science studies and history of science approach science differently.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/23 at 10:46 PM

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Foreign Origin of Plagues

Reading Daniel McNeil’s recent essay in the NY Times prompted me to think about the seemingly inescapable drive to locate the origin of an epidemic in some foreign country. I also note that along with this desire by people suffering from any particular epidemic, historians seem to feel an equally strong impetus to trace the contours of a disease back to its origins.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/31 at 10:09 PM

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Should the History of Science refocus on “science”?

Out-going HSS president Jane Maienschein used the July History of Science Newsletter to state her goal of refocusing the profession on its core: “science.” I offer some thoughts on why I am worried about such a refocusing.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/13 at 10:23 AM

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Of cans and worms

Insights into the recent CHF conference on the historiography of chemistry.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I could not help but wonder…

Musings about the natire of blogging and the historiography of science (with coffee and chocolate).

Posted by on 05/27 at 08:34 AM

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