PACHSmörgåsbord: Galileo Galilei

Friday, December 18, 2009

A review of David A. Weintraub’s Is Pluto a Planet?

This is the first review of the literature on Pluto. Here I look at David Weintraub’s Is Pluto a Planet? Weintraub supports Pluto’s planetary status and is, probably, still upset that the IAU’s definition of a planet excludes Pluto.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/18 at 01:25 AM
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

What’s so Confidential about Pluto?

In my growing survey of the literature on Pluto, here I review a recent book by two astronomer who claim to be on opposite sides of the debate. They try to conceal their positions until the final chapter, but the general tone of the book supports Pluto’s claim to planethood.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/07 at 10:55 AM
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

What is the case for Pluto?

A review of Alan Boyle’s The Case for Pluto, which is readable and enjoyable. As he makes clear in the title, he favors a definition of a planet that would include Pluto, as well as an indeterminate number of yet-to-be-discovered objects orbiting our sun as well as other stars.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/16 at 10:50 PM
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Building a Temple to Galileo

The main point of this short post is to draw attention to some nice on-line exhibits at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence. The museum is currently being renovated and will reopen as the “Museo Galileo,” which prompted the post’s title.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/22 at 11:35 AM

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #2

The weekly roundup of links offering a selection of the articles and blog posts that have recently attracted my attention. Too much work has prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked and, consequently, has limited the number of links.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/28 at 12:22 AM

Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #3

The weekly roundup of links offering a selection of the articles and blog posts that have recently attracted my attention. Mid-term work continues to limit my reading time and, consequently, has limited the number of links.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/07 at 10:12 PM

Saturday, March 13, 2010

HoS Micropost: Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius turns 400

Yet another anniversary to celebrate today: the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/13 at 10:45 PM

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

History of Science Podcasts

A quick note about two recent podcasts dealing with the history of science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 06/15 at 10:25 PM

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

And Yet the Legend Lives

Scott Huler repeats a worn out legend about Galileo to no useful end. There is no evidence that Galileo ever said “And yet it moves.”

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/30 at 06:05 PM

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Toward a history of “eppur si muove”

This post explores some of the history of the apocryphal Galileo quotation “eppur si muove” and reflects on some of the work that quotation does.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 06/03 at 12:26 AM
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