The Weekly Smörgåsbord #3
Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/07 at 10:12 PM
This week’s roundup of links is again a bit light because mid-term obligations are still running high. Next week promises to be better. In any event, here are a smattering of links from this week. Certainly the most time consuming of these is the Popular Science archive that is now available (come to think of it, much of my spare time has been spent looking through this archive).
- Entente Cordiale: Anthropological and Natural Philosophical Cosmology — Will Thomas continues to look at Simon Schaffer’s early work on natural philosophy.
- On the Need for Grownups — John Wilkins over at Evolving Thoughts has an interesting post on the common claim that science and religion are compatible.
- Galileo backed Copernicus despite data — A nice reminder of our own prejudices about the data seen through Galileo’s telescope.
- It was 400 years ago — When, exactly, was Galileo’s Siderius Nuncius published? The Renaissance Mathematicus has the answer (in fairness to him and his sources, he distilled it from two recent articles on the Siderius)
- The Bedford Challenge and The Earth is flat? — Following on the Galileo article, these two remind us that it has been difficult to prove not only that the earth moves, but that it is round (thanks to Michael D. Barton of The Dispersal of Darwin for pointing me to “The Bedford Challenge” post).
- States of Perfction: Refrigerated Food, 1954 — Ptak Science Books has some great postings culled from its collection of old books and magazines. There’s not much text here, but the images are priceless.
- Popular Science archives — This is self explanatory and a time pit. There are some great treasures here.