The Weekly Smörgåsbord #9
Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/02 at 10:59 PM
It seems to be a busy time of year for people at the blogs I peruse regularly, including PACHS. One person remarked “All right; now that I’ve got lots of stuff out of the way, I’ll have a new science blog post up sometime tomorrow” (see this tweet). I’ve been making a similar statement to myself for a couple weeks now. In any event, here are a few of the articles and posts I’ve read this past week.
- Unnatural Selection and In Darwin Family, Evidence of Inbreeding’s Ill Effects — inbreeding in the Darwin family has been attracting some attention this past week (thanks to The Dispersal of Darwin for pointing me to the first of these articles).
- The Not-So-Funny Tale of Laughing Gas — An NPR story on the discovery of anesthesia.
- Who Breaks a Butterfly upon a Wheel — This week’s contribution from The Renaissance Mathematicus on the Scottish physician John Arbuthnot.
- Why So Many Earthquakes — one of the many articles this week on earthquakes now and in the past. This article connects the earthquakes to claims about the end of the world.
- The Future of Philosophy of Science — A review of the history of the philosophy of science, as a discipline, and some predictions about what it might contribute in the future.
- Preternatural — This is not technically a post or an article, but a new or rebranded (?) journal “rigorously peer-reviewed” out of Penn State University, Mont Alto. I’m not sure what to make of it yet, but I felt I should point it out.
- 1947 Atomic Powered Farm Industry and the 1945 Internet — a nice post by Ptak Science Books.