Monthly Archives: October 2010

The end of summer.

Today is Samhain the Celtic festival to mark the end of the light half of the year, summer, and the beginning of the dark half, winter. The Celts believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin … Continue reading

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Continental Drift & Plate Tectonics

Slides from my History of Science course …

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The Problem of Human Missions to Mars

I just published a short piece in the Journal of Cosmology’s special issue Colonizing Mars: The Mission to the Red Planet. It argues that humans will not reach Mars on the power of peripheral arguments about science, national pride, or … Continue reading

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The Age of the Earth

Slides from my History of Science course.

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How many species concepts are there?

I make an argument for everything from 27 to 0 at Grrlscientist’s blog at the Guardian.

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The utility of HPS

Over at The Bubble Chamber (blog of the University of Toronto Science Policy Working Group), Curtis Forbes asks “can history and philosophy of science be applied in socially relevant ways?”

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HSS Annual Meeting (Nov 4 – 7)

The History of Science Society annual meeting is rapidly approaching and is to be held in Montreal on November 4th through 8th. As always, there are lots of interesting sessions, but as a member of the Committee on Education, I’d … Continue reading

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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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