Monthly Archives: December 2010

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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Of Machines and Men

I recently published a post about the qualities that make up the perfect astronaut – the most physically and mentally fit men were the desired qualities of America’s first astronauts. The “strapping young Presbyterian lad” is certainly not the ideal … Continue reading

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The second scientific revolution.

You mean there was more than one?

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Lisa Jardine’s Jacob Bronowski Film

Until December 16th Through December 23rd, historian Lisa Jardine’s new film about her father, British mathematician and science popularizer Jacob Bronowski, is available on the BBC website but, alas, it can only be viewed in the UK.  (I can’t tell … Continue reading


Kangaroos and geologists: The first geological exploration of Australia

It was one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions of all times, the “Geographe” and “Naturaliste” were intended to explore the geology, botany, zoology and anthropology of the distant and largely unknown continent of Hollandia Nova, sometimes referred also as … Continue reading

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