PACHSmörgåsbord: Journalism/Public Understanding of Science

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

And Yet the Legend Lives

Scott Huler repeats a worn out legend about Galileo to no useful end. There is no evidence that Galileo ever said “And yet it moves.”

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/30 at 06:05 PM

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Mathematician Solves the Obesity Puzzle

Carson Chow’s mathematical analysis confirms the cause for our increasingly obese nation: we consume too many calories.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/15 at 11:19 PM

Friday, May 11, 2012

Universal Vaccination is a Perennial Struggle

Recent campaigns to extend vaccination to developing nations sound a lot like 19th-century efforts in Pennsylvania to vaccinate poor children.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/11 at 11:56 PM

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Thoughts on Comedy and History of Science

The Festival of the Spoken Nerd, an English comedy group, combines comedy with science and performs at festivals and other venues across England and Scotland. Their success along with the success of last week’s “Love, Sex, Death (and Food)” suggests that comedy might be a good way to make history of science and science more interesting to a broader audience.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/29 at 11:09 AM

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fighting the Flat Earth Myth

YouTube user C.G.P. Grey joins the struggle to dislodge the Columbus proved the earth was round myth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/28 at 07:53 AM

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Mythical Copernican Moment

James Stevenson draws an analogy between rapid and fundamental technological change today and a mythical Copernican Moment.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/27 at 10:35 AM
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Why the Flat Earth Myth Bugs Me

The fact that the flat earth myth persists is evidence that historians of science are failing to engage the public. We need to do a better job communicating with the public.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/26 at 02:37 PM

Thursday, March 15, 2012

President Obama Invokes Flat Earth Myth

President Obama gets the history of science wrong, horribly wrong.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/15 at 09:32 PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

James Burke’s “Connections” on YouTube

The BBC program Connections (1978, with sequels in 1994 and 1997) by science historian James Burke is currently available for free on YouTube.

Posted by Simon Joseph on 02/28 at 02:47 PM

Monday, February 27, 2012

Scientists Practicing Bad History

A recent article on weather reports in medieval Baghdad has attracted attention recently. Based on this article, articles and summaries claim that Baghdad used to be much colder than it is today. Such summaries are simply bad history of science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/27 at 11:13 PM

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