Monthly Archives: October 2010

More deaths

Two researchers have recently died who are relevant to evolutionary biology. Leigh Van Valen, the originator of the “Red Queen Hypothesis” and a proponent of the Ecological Species Concept, died yesterday, John Hawks is reporting. I had some correspondence with … Continue reading

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Mr X

There is a scholar, call him Mr X, who received his training within the academy, but who found it wasn’t enough. He wanted more: to move outside of his wonky circle of colleagues, to engage the public, to communicate ideas … Continue reading

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Giants’ Shoulders #28 is Out

Jai Virdi has posted her special edition of Giants’ Shoulders ‘Visuals & Representations’ at From the Hands of Quacks and a wonderful collection of  history of science eye candy is waiting for your perusal, so put on the reading glasses and pop … Continue reading

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Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

John Brockman is reporting that Benoît Mandelbrot – the father of fractal geometry – has died.  

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Where the pictures came from.

If you look at the science books that were printed in the 16th and 17th centuries you will notice that many of them have lavish and impressive illustrations to find out what had to be invented to make them possible … Continue reading

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Representing astronomers: absent-minded or drunk?

Prompted by the call for posts on ‘Visuals and Representation’ for the Giants’ Shoulders Blog Carnival, I fell to thinking about the National Maritime Museum‘s print collection, which includes a nice range of images of astronomy and its practitioners. Astronomers … Continue reading

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Lavoisier and the Chemical Revolution

Slides from my history of science course.

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