Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dude, your evolutionary theory just ate my philosophy – Leopold and the evolutionary possibility of a Land Ethic

Somebody somewhere at this moment is writing a reverential essay about Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic.  I feel a little ungenerous, I admit, to write in less than enthusiastic tones.  It seems to me though that if the land ethic, Leopold’s … Continue reading

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On the Track of Ichnology

“We can do nothing . . . that does not leave its impress behind, for good or for evil, for a blessing or a curse,..[] Our footprints are left in whatever we do. . . . The traces of our … Continue reading

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Giants’ Shoulders #40

Gurdur has posted the Giants’ Shoulders #40 history of science blog carnival at Stranger in an Even Stranger Land and a wonderful collection of strangeness it is too. Go indulge! Giants’ Shoulders #41 will be hosted by Early Modern Experimental Philosophy on 16th November. Submissions by … Continue reading

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A Natural History of the Dyna-Soar

Dyna-Soar might be one of my favourite lost programs from the early space age if only because of its prophetic name (expect maybe the USAF’s Man In Space Soonest program that “miss”ed the mark). Beginning as a manned antipodal bomber … Continue reading

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Lovelace, longitude and lady computers

I also wrote a post yesterday to mark Ada Lovelace Day [read more].

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Daughters of Urania

A post to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. Some 17th century daughters of Urania [read more here]

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Scheming Jack

Some time back, Adrian Teal was good enough to share a great quote with me, and it is high time that I got it up onto the Longitude Project blog. It is nice because it gives us a very different view of John … Continue reading

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The Ecology of Knowledge: Ecological Resilience and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions

As students of science we have all, no doubt, absorbed the lessons from the history of our disciplines that changes in thinking tend not to be meted out incrementally. The Darwinian and Wallacean account of evolutionary change through natural selection … Continue reading

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