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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

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

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Historian of Science Reads History of Science

How one particular historian of science read his history of science. More adventures in an academic’s library.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/14 at 11:57 AM

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More Velikovsky Paraphernalia

Here is some more Velikovsky material I found in a box I recently opened.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/11 at 10:47 PM

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricanes Were and Remain Political

Hurricane Sandy has quickly become a political. This is nothing new. In the 17th century hurricanes entered the European popular press as a political or religious tool.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/30 at 04:12 PM

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Interviewing John Wheeler

Recollections of an interview with physicist John Archibald Wheeler

Posted by Paul Halpern on 10/14 at 06:36 PM

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Velikovsky’s “Worlds in Collision”

Coincidentally, I received a copy of Immanuel Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision today. The previous owner read it carefully and underlined numerous passages.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/25 at 12:50 PM

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