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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Giant’s Shoulders #42 — History of Science Blog Carnival

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/16 at 10:07 PM

Welcome to the 42nd edition of The Giant’s Shoulders. Today is the anniversary of the death of Ali Qushji, who died on 16 December 1474. Ali Qushji was a Persian astronomer and mathematician from Samarkand who died in Istanbul. He is remembered most for trying to establish an astronomical physics that was independent of Aristotelian physics. He rejected a stationary earth and, instead, tried to offer evidence for the earth’s daily rotation. It seems appropriate, then, that we begin this month’s carnival with the early modern posts.

Early Modern: The early modern period was well represented in this month’s carnival, with posts ranging from Renaissance astrology and prophecy to Edmond Halley’s efforts to improve the diving bell.

Medicine: It is nice to see some posts about the history of medicine this month, and welcome to Lindsey Fitzharris at The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice who is, I think, contributing for the first time.

Books: This month saw an interesting range of posts on books, book reviews, beautiful examples of old books, and thoughts on book reviews. Newton’s own Principia could have gone here too, but was slotted in under Early Modern.

Maths, Physics, and Computing: Maths this month represent an amazing spread from Babylonian clay tablets to Feynman’s 1988 headstone.

Miscellany of Links: And the catchall category for those posts that didn’t really find a home elsewhere.

There were a handful of other interesting posts that didn’t quite fit the “history of science” rubric and so were omitted from this list. As always, a generous thank you to the organizers, Dr. SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars and Thony C. at The Renaissance Mathematicus. In addition, thanks to the other people who submitted posts for inclusion this month. Stay tuned for next month’s edition.

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