PACHSmörgåsbord: Nicolaus Copernicus

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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Saturday, November 20, 2010

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

Another history of science site in Philadelphia is the memorial sculpture to Nicolaus Copernicus. The sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Copernicus’s birth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/20 at 10:53 PM

Thursday, December 29, 2011

In Praise of Ephemeral Astrological Literature

A recent article in The Economist on Luther prompted me to think about ephemeral astrological literature in early modern Europe. Here I suggest that we need to take this literature more seriously than we typically have.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/29 at 04:58 PM

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Is Rupert Sheldrake a Modern Giordano Bruno?

Hero or heretic? Peter Foges compares Rupert Sheldrake to Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Bruno.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/22 at 08:07 PM

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It’s About Domains of Expertise

Unfortunately, the history of science is easily distorted or misleadingly presented to make point in the present.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/08 at 02:00 PM
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