Monthly Archives: December 2010

Philosophising scientists or scientific philosophers in the 17th century

Mark Perakh made a very silly comment at  Panda’s Thumb about the philosophy of science, on which I briefly comment.

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The greatest show on Earth

In antiquity malformations on both men and animals were regarded as warnings from the gods, this old belief still today survives in the word “monster”, from the Latin verb “monere” – meaning “to warn”. Collected first in Cabinets of Curiosities, … Continue reading

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Attacks on philosophy by scientists

Reposted from my home blog. Something that I never really fully understand is why academics feel the need to denigrate other academic disciplines. Just because one happens to think something is so worthwhile that they devoted their lives to it … Continue reading

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Three for the price of one

A Christmas Trinity I A Christmas Trinity II A Christmas Trinity III A ragbag of trivia

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Somewhere in space …

Just a brief notice that, over at Vintage Space, our blogmate Amy Teitel has some recent posts up on the X-15 craft and the Apollo 8 mission.  

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The “missing” Darwin-Mivart letters

I’ve been examining the life and work of St George Jackson Mivart for some time now, so the following caught my eye. Creationist journalist, Denyse O’Leary is making much of a claim that the correspondence between Mivart and Darwin has … Continue reading

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Whewell on Epochs of Induction

When William Whewell set out to write his history of the inductive sciences, he was writing at a time at which it was not uncommon to see history in terms of the actions of ‘Great Men’. The temptation to do … Continue reading

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The discovery of the ruins of ice

“It has already been said, that no small part of the present work refers to the nature and phenomena of glaciers. It may be well, therefore, before proceeding to details, to explain a little the state of our present knowledge … Continue reading

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Should Governments Fund Big Science?

Over at The Bubble Chamber, Boaz Miller asks: What stand should humanities and social science people, in particular HPS and STS people, take on this issue? Should they ally themselves with their fellow researchers and support their quest for knowledge … Continue reading

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Giants’ Shoulders #30: A (Scientific) Christmas Carol

This December edition of Giants’ Shoulders is a 19th-century special, bringing together the Ghost of William Whewell with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. If you will draw your chairs closer to the fire and refill your glasses … Continue reading

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