Monthly Archives: October 2010

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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The London Society of Astrologers

In my post on Joseph Moxon I mentioned that he had been instrumental in attempts to revive the London Society of Astrologers, this led to a brief discussion in the comments on sources for this esoteric association. In the course of … Continue reading

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Only Three Giants’ Shoulders till Christmas

If you want to get that definitive, mind blowing, paradigm shifting post on the history of science into the hottest HOS blog carnival in town then you have just three chances left in the year 2010 and each of them … Continue reading

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How I got to know Joseph Moxon

Darin at PACHS has recently been posting an excellent series of articles on how to motivate students into taking the right approach to research in the history of science with the most recent posts being on the subject of how … Continue reading

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David Willetts and the history of science

There has been an interesting discussion on Mersenne, the history of science listserv, prompted by James Sumner, who has kindly allowed me to post his email to the Mersenne subscribers. Dear Listmembers  Those of us keen, for whatever reason, to gauge … Continue reading

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Yes, histories of science are worth reading!

In a previous post, Alice Bell suggested in a comment that I read the article by Mark Erickson in this month’s issue of History of the Human Sciences. The issue also contains responses from Patricia Fara, Steve Fuller and Joseph … Continue reading

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The countdown has begun

In just ten days from now the 28th edition of your favourite History of Science Blog Carnival “The Giants’ Shoulders” will take off from this months launching pad at From the Hands of Quacks. This means you have just nine days left … Continue reading

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