Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #11

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/25 at 10:56 PM

This week’s links fall into a few groups. Happily, people seem to be finding the time again to write (excluding me), making for some interesting reading.

A couple posts by the ever-talented The Renaissance Mathematicus:

Of course, no Smörgåsbord is complete without some posts by Will Thomas over at Ether Wave Propaganda:

  • The Newman-Chalmers Dispute, Pt. 1: Chymistry and Natural Philosophy — A nice summary of the issues separating Newman’s Boyle from Chalmers’s.
  • Two Schaffer-Related Items — a pointer to Simon Schaffer’s latest article, on astrology and Mesmerism, coming out in June in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and his new project on longitude.1
  • Bites of History — Looks at some of the ways professional organizations are making bits and pieces of their archives available. While not robust enough for most historians’s tastes, these bits and bobs offer a nice way even for historians to learn something.
  • Schaffer on Metrology — Continuing his survey of Simon Schaffer’s corpus, Will looks at some of his articles on measurement in Victorian Britain.

John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts seems to be on a “Was X a Philosopher?” and a “What is philosopy?” spree:

Craig Venter’s work on synthetic cells (Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome) is attracting considerable attention:

Some miscellaneous articles and links:

1This forthcoming volume has a number of essays on the history of astrology in it, including one by me: “Instruments and demonstrations in the astrological curriculum: evidence from the University of Vienna, 1500-1530.” Unfortunately, a paywall blocks full access, but the abstracts are freely available.

Tags: alchemy, astrology, charles darwin, chymystry, johannes schöner, simon schaffer, smörgåsbord, smorgasbord


Comment posted by Thony C. on 05/26 at 03:00 AM

Darin, the link in your note is broken! As your title interests me very much could you either repair the link or give more details. Thanks Thony

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