Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Gallic Newtonian

In the early 18th century the whole of France was in the grip of Cartesian physicists, the whole of France? No! A small centre of Newtonian resistance existed on the country estate, Cirey-sur-Blaise, of Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet. … Continue reading

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Not a birthday boy: some thoughts on Renaissance birth dates

Yesterday, one of the websites that I read on a regular basis informed me that the notorious Renaissance physician Theophrastus of Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus, was born on 1st May 1493 a claim that I found interesting…. To find … Continue reading

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The next generation

Check out this really cool website from a 7th grader on the history of the geocentric heliocentric debate. She makes quite a few statements that I disagree with but she’s way ahead of where I was at that age. Be … Continue reading

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