Monthly Archives: January 2011

David Hume on the Reduction of Sentiments

Thomas Hobbes thought that human emotions could be explained in terms of their reflection of self-interest.  David Hume, writing much later, thought that it was absurd to portray genuinely benevolent sentiments as the result of some “abstruse” mental calculation.  Far … Continue reading

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A shot of caffeine and GS #31

Morning Coffee Physics has found a new source of caffeine and on his bright shinny new revivified blog he has posted The Giants’ Shoulders #31. For a dose of the best history of science from the last month make yourself a … Continue reading

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Mount Etna: Significance in the history of volcanology

Mount Etna on Sicily returns in the headlines, since last week his activity increased again displaying large lava fountains on the summit. Etna is the largest, most active and most popular volcano in Europe, historic description and legends of eruptions … Continue reading

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Sailors, Ships, and Splashdowns

I’ve previously posted on some of the main reasons why splashdowns were not a long-term solution to the problem of how to bring men home from space. One of the factors that incited NASA to pursue a land landing system … Continue reading

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Longitude ups and downs

The Longitude Project blog is now taking off nicely and, even at this early stage, it is demonstrating how the, possibly stale-sounding, topic of the history of the Board of Longitude reaches into all sorts of interesting areas in Georgian history … Continue reading

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Only three days to submit

Due to lots of school holidays, public holidays, work and unexpected awards I have been neglecting my Giants’ Shoulders duties. The Giants’ Shoulders #31 will be hosted at Morning Coffee Physics on 16th January which means you have just three days … Continue reading

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Two Sides of the X-15

I recently published a two-part post exploring the X-15’s dual nature. It was at once the first space plane and a research aircraft. First proposed in 1954, the X-15 program’s primary goal was to gather data on the aerodynamics, structural … Continue reading

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