Monthly Archives: May 2011

The astronomical revolution didn’t start here!

In the usual collection of myths that passes for history of science in our culture the astronomical revolution (and the so-called scientific revolution for that matter) is considered to have started with the publication of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus in Nürnberg … Continue reading

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Nations, nationality, nationalism, history and historiography

Was Boscovich Croation or Italian? Copernicus Polish or German? Al-Haytham Persian or Iraqi ? Gemma Frisius Belgian or Dutch? For some critical thoughts on the illegitimacy of these questions and the incorrectness of the usual answers go read here

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Updates from Vintage Space

A lot has been going on over at Vintage Space in the last few weeks. Here’s a brief recap of recent articles. (Left, President Kennedy and Wernher von Braun with a model Saturn IV rocket.) On April 12, 1961, Yuri … Continue reading

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A maths book from a painter

The first book of mathematics to be printed and published in German was writen by a painter who is 540 years old today.

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A Croatian Polymath

Join me in wishing the 18th century Jesuit polymath Roger Joseph Boscovich a happy 300th birthday

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Season of the Witch

What do witches have to do with analytical geometrical curves? To find out go here

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War Geology

The First World War was initiated with a fighting spirit inspired by the classic battles man against man, but soon the soldiers realized that the warfare of the 20th century had reached a potential of destruction never seen in the … Continue reading

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