Monthly Archives: September 2012

Not a martyr for science.

Those who still mistakenly subscribe to the White-Draper hypothesis of a war of religion against science, and these days it is mostly gnu atheists and their ilk, invariably produce lists of the martyrs of science, those considered to have fallen … Continue reading

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It’s silly questions time again: “Was Newton a scientist or a sorcerer?

Back in May the Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones asked, “Is Leonardo da Vinci a great artist or a great scientist?” making, as I pointed out at the time, a serious category mistake. Something must be in the drinking water at the … Continue reading

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Giants’ Shoulders #51 scores a first!

We have a first! The Giants’ Shoulders history of science blog carnival for September is on The Scientific American Blog Network for the first time ever. The Internet’s best historian of geology, David Bressan, has hosted Giants’ Shoulders #51 on his History of Geology Blog at … Continue reading

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Catching up with The H Word

As mentioned in my previous post here, I have been cross-posting my posts from The H Word, hosted by the Guardian, to my personal blog Teleskopos. Please feel free to read and/or comment there, or follow the links below to … Continue reading

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Richard Owen, the “Sea-Serpent Killer”

Philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) argued that science should also consider “all prodigies and monstrous births of nature; of everything in short that is in nature new, rare and unusual“. So if you have a tale or post to share, unusual … Continue reading

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If not Whig history what then?

Some musings on historiography and methodology in the history of science including an explication of my drunken hotel guest theory of scientific progress.

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Apologies for cross-cross-posting

In order to keep my Teleskopos blog alive, to have a personal record in one place of all of my posts, and to have a space for commenters who prefer not to register at the Guardian (or to find themselves among those … Continue reading

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Dava Sobel tries her hand at historical fantasy.

Dava Sobel’s Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time is almost certainly the most successful popular history of science book published in the last fifty years. This is to some extent understandable … Continue reading

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