Darin Hayton

Associate Professor, History of Science

Haverford College (Haverford, PA)

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Blog Posts

Plague Columns in Central Europe

May 29, 2013

Cosmas, the Tabernacle, and the Flat Earth

March 25, 2013

More Patent Medicine Artifacts

February 08, 2013

Relics from Medicine’s Sordid Past

February 08, 2013

The Caspar Wistar Plaque on 4th Street

February 07, 2013

Controlling Panic in Renaissance Europe

February 05, 2013

Medical Notes from the 1940s

February 04, 2013

Tales of Scientific Heroes are Just Celebrity Bios

January 31, 2013

Astrology and Medicine at the College of Physicians

January 29, 2013

Medical Marketing Pamphlets

January 29, 2013

History of Science on Stamps

January 28, 2013

Plagiarism in 17th-Century Pamphlets?

January 26, 2013

Roman Science?

January 25, 2013

It’s About Domains of Expertise

January 08, 2013

What can Witchcraft Confessions Teach Us?

January 07, 2013

Traces of Reading Left by a Historian of Science

January 04, 2013

A Historian of Science Reads Kuhn

January 04, 2013

Discovery in Kuhn’s Structure

January 03, 2013

Energy Drinks—Today’s Patent Medicines

January 02, 2013

Revisiting Noah’s Ark?

December 17, 2012

A Phrenological Evaluation of Andrew White

November 23, 2012

A History of Genetic Degeneration Theories

November 21, 2012

Dawn of the Living Genetic-Materialist Determinism

November 20, 2012

A Historian of Science Reads History of Science

November 14, 2012

More Velikovsky Paraphernalia

November 11, 2012

Pseudoscience and Orthodoxy

October 31, 2012

Corporate, Personal, and Neon Museums

October 31, 2012

Hurricanes Were and Remain Political

October 30, 2012

On Catalysts and Science Heroes

October 05, 2012

Betting on Theories

October 04, 2012

Against Whiggish History

October 03, 2012

Fraud, Plagiarism, and Errors in Science

October 02, 2012

Velikovsky’s “Worlds in Collision”

September 25, 2012

Astrology and Morbus Gallicus (aka Syphilis)

September 24, 2012

Is Rupert Sheldrake a Modern Giordano Bruno?

September 22, 2012

Who Really Needs Scientific Discoveries and Science Heroes?

September 21, 2012

Ciba Pharmaceuticals and Mid-Century Marketing

September 13, 2012

On whigs and whig history

September 11, 2012

What Killed King Tut, Another Guess

September 11, 2012

Collecting Memo Books

September 10, 2012

A LEGO Turing Machine?

September 09, 2012

From Trash Collecting to Collection of Trash

September 08, 2012

Oregon Plague Update

September 05, 2012

John Dee in Rudolfine Prague

September 02, 2012

Everybody has a “Paradigm”

September 01, 2012

Did Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Record Supernova?

June 27, 2012

The Plague in Oregon

June 26, 2012

Lynn White—Historian of Medieval Technology & Futurist

June 25, 2012

Another Flat Earth Report

June 12, 2012

Toward a history of “eppur si muove”

June 03, 2012

And Yet the Legend Lives

May 30, 2012

Science is Not Just a Word

May 27, 2012

A Mathematician Solves the Obesity Puzzle

May 15, 2012

Universal Vaccination is a Perennial Struggle

May 11, 2012

Should Science Writers Read Historical Material?

April 30, 2012

More Thoughts on Comedy and History of Science

April 29, 2012

Fighting the Flat Earth Myth

April 28, 2012

Thoughts on “Life, Sex, Death (and Food)”

April 27, 2012

The Mythical Copernican Moment

April 27, 2012

A Scurvy Epidemic: Direct-to-Consumer Drug Marketing in 17th-Century England

April 25, 2012

Making History of Science Funny

April 22, 2012

Is Professional History Boring?

April 18, 2012

Whither the Book Review

April 10, 2012

R. G. Collingwood on Historical Practice

March 30, 2012

Columbus’s Voyage was a Religious Journey

March 27, 2012

Why the Flat Earth Myth Bugs Me

March 26, 2012

HOS Micropost: Collect it, Display it, and Call it a Museum

March 19, 2012

President Obama Invokes Flat Earth Myth

March 15, 2012

Scientists and Bad History

March 06, 2012

Scientists Practicing Bad History

February 27, 2012

Rejecting “Alternative”

February 26, 2012

History and the Problem of Historical Expertise

February 25, 2012

On Pepper Mills

February 24, 2012

A Manifesto for History of Science

February 22, 2012

On Salt Shakers and Chinese Takeout Menus

February 16, 2012

Artifacts and Artists: E. Kessler on Astronomical Photos

February 09, 2012

An Astrolabe Rant

February 07, 2012

Textual Analysis of Prognostications

February 07, 2012

An Introduction to the Astrolabe

February 07, 2012

Plague Textual Analysis

February 06, 2012

Marketing Drugs, Then and Now

January 29, 2012

Grinding Telescope Mirrors, Then and Now

January 27, 2012

An Introductory History of Astrolabes

January 26, 2012

The Politics of Calendar Reform

January 20, 2012

Retro-Diagnosis Run Amok—Sophocles’ Plague of Thebes

January 17, 2012

Is Grandma to Blame for Obesity Today?

January 05, 2012

On Collecting and Collectors

December 31, 2011

In Praise of Ephemeral Astrological Literature

December 29, 2011

Some Final Thoughts on Maps

December 27, 2011

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

December 16, 2011

Thoughts on History of Science in a Science Curriculum

November 23, 2011

On Medieval Sundials and Scholarly Publishing

November 20, 2011

Putting Science on Display at HSS 2011

November 19, 2011

Early Astronomy and Astrology at HSS 2011

November 15, 2011

The Antikythera Mechanism at HSS 2011

November 13, 2011

Musing on Book Reviews

November 13, 2011

How Many Witches Were Executed?!?

October 27, 2011

Mapping Our Way Forward—More Experiments in Pedagogy

October 18, 2011

“You are Here”—A Special Exhibition on Maps

October 17, 2011

Marketing a Colony—William Penn’s Maps of Pennsylvania

October 12, 2011

Really? Demonology was a Science?

October 11, 2011

Biography of a Map—Further Experiments in Pedagogy

October 07, 2011

Is there Life or Water on Mars?

September 27, 2011

Art, Science, and Historical Method

September 24, 2011

Philadelphia Area Special Collections Search Engine

March 02, 2011

Exploring Collections: Satirical Scientific Pamphlet at the Library Company

March 02, 2011

Explaining Earthquakes ca. 1500

February 20, 2011

A Modern Astrologer’s Intellectual Breadcrumbs

February 14, 2011

What Exactly is Accomplished by Asserting “Astrology is Rubbish”?

January 30, 2011

The Role of Experts in Identifying Witchcraft

December 23, 2010

How (Not?) to Popularize the History of Science: Tycho Brahe (again)

December 19, 2010

Calling All Clyde Tombaughs

December 16, 2010

Biblical Natural Philosophy in the Royal Library at the Escorial

December 11, 2010

Dawn of the Living Brahe: Retro-Diagnosis that Refuses to Die

December 03, 2010

Sundials at Haverford College, Then and Now

November 23, 2010

A Monument to Kopernik, a.k.a. Copernicus

November 20, 2010

Tycho Brahe, Mercury, and Retro-diagnosing Illnesses

November 17, 2010

Science, Religion, and Demons

November 15, 2010

Byzantine Astrology during the Reign of Manuel I Komnenos

October 10, 2010

Maybe Nobody Does Care about Byzantine Science

October 09, 2010

Explaining Good Questions in the History of Science

October 05, 2010

Popular History of Science for the American G.I.

October 02, 2010

Formulating Questions in the History of Science

September 29, 2010

Why Should Anybody Care about Byzantine Science?

September 23, 2010

Modeling Curiosity in the History of Science?

September 16, 2010

How to Teach Curiosity in the History of Science?

September 12, 2010

Joseph Moxon Popularizes Astronomy

September 10, 2010

Reconstructing the History of Science, in LEGOs

August 10, 2010

Ernst Haeckel’s Letter to E.D. Cope

August 04, 2010

Surveying “The Giant’s Shoulders”

August 03, 2010

Exploring Collections: Early American Imprints at the Library Company

August 02, 2010

History of Science in Philadelphia—Curie’s Early Piezo-Electric Apparatus

August 01, 2010

Ancient Technologies or Modern Fantasies?

July 20, 2010

Exploring Collections: George Tannstetter as Editor

July 19, 2010

Exploring Collections: Johannes Ganivet’s Amicus medicorum at the College of Physicians

July 18, 2010

Making Science Fun: Joseph Moxon’s Astronomical Playing Cards

July 12, 2010

Exploring Collections: Tracts on the French Disease in the College of Physicians

July 09, 2010

History of Science in Philadelphia—The E.D. Cope Residence

July 08, 2010

More History of Science on “In Our Time”

July 08, 2010

HoS Micropost: Infectious Disease and IQ

July 06, 2010

HoS Micropost: King Tut, again

July 06, 2010

Heresy is not all that thrilling

July 06, 2010

Pluto is not Planet X

June 27, 2010

A Monument to Joseph Priestley

June 26, 2010

Exploring Collections: Walter Burley in the College of Physicians

June 25, 2010

Renaissance Art or Neuroanatomy (part 3)

June 24, 2010

Cold War Science Is Everywhere

June 16, 2010

History of Science Podcasts

June 15, 2010

Renaissance Art or Neuroanatomy (part 2)?

June 10, 2010

Renaissance Art or Neuroanatomy (part 1)?

June 03, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #12

May 30, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #11

May 25, 2010

HoS Micropost: The Cavendishes, a Scientific Dynasty?

May 21, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #10

May 09, 2010

Arsenic, Toxicology, and the Problem of Science in the Courtroom

May 08, 2010

The Choleric Cope: An Exhibition Panel on Edward Drinker Cope

May 07, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #9

May 02, 2010

Distilling Ancient Greek Alchemy from the Manuscripts

April 28, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #8

April 25, 2010

Barnes, Berkowitz, and British Medicine at the Wagner

April 24, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #7

April 18, 2010

HoS Micropost: On-Line History of Medicine Museum

April 12, 2010

Science in the Renaissance (Society of America)

April 11, 2010

Barbara Traister on the Occult Physician Simon Forman

March 31, 2010

The Scientific Revolution: China’s Failure (pt. 1)?

March 30, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #6

March 28, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #5

March 21, 2010

Joris Mercelis on Baekeland and Bakelite

March 18, 2010

The Giant’s Shoulders #21—History of Science Blog Carnival

March 16, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #4

March 14, 2010

HoS Micropost: Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius turns 400

March 13, 2010

Uranus-Lowell-Pluto

March 13, 2010

Medicines for the Faithful

March 08, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #3

March 07, 2010

HoS Micropost: Simon Schaffer on Astronomy and Empire

March 06, 2010

History of Science Blog Carnival Coming Soon

March 04, 2010

Tyson’s The Pluto Files Now Made for TV

March 03, 2010

Can Business History Inform History of Science?

March 02, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #2

February 28, 2010

HoS Micropost: The Royal Mail celebrates the Royal Society

February 27, 2010

HoS Micropost: The Royal Society’s Science Podcast

February 25, 2010

Jo Ann Caplin’s Video on La Bella Milanese

February 23, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #1

February 21, 2010

HoS Micropost: King Tutankhamun (link roundup)

February 16, 2010

HoS Micropost: Liberal Democracies foster Science

February 16, 2010

More on Important Books in the History of Science

February 14, 2010

History of Science in 132 Characters

February 13, 2010

Erik Rau on Terry Christensen on Cold-War Liberals

February 12, 2010

James Voelkel on Bringing Newton’s Alchemy to the Masses

February 10, 2010

S. W. Mitchell and Phantom Limbs

February 04, 2010

Stephen Johnston on Early-Modern Chymistry

January 27, 2010

HoS Micropost: Science vs. Religion, again

January 25, 2010

File Pluto under “K” for “Kuiper Belt”

January 24, 2010

Building a Temple to Galileo

January 22, 2010

HoS Micropost: Matteo Ricci’s World Map

January 20, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple (redux)

January 18, 2010

HoS Micropost: Newton and the Apple

January 17, 2010

What is the case for Pluto?

January 16, 2010

On-line Exhibition: The Mind of Leonardo

January 15, 2010

What’s so Confidential about Pluto?

January 07, 2010

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