Monthly Archives: July 2011

A great Devonian conference

Last week saw the annual conference of the British Society for the History of Science, held at the University of Exeter. I have been going to these conferences for the last nine years and have always enjoyed them as convivial … Continue reading

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Giants’ Shoulders #38: A Georgian Special

Giants’ Shoulders #38, which will be hosted by The Board of Longitude Blog on 16th August is a “Georgian Special Edition” so submit those 18th century history of science posts to the host or Blog by 15th August. Post on other  history of science topics will … Continue reading

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Der Wunderkammer: Giants’ Shoulders #37

Romeo Vitelli at Providentia has put together a Wunderkammer of wonders, mysteries and delights for your delectation as the 37th edition of On The Shoulders of Giants the history of science blog carnival. Go on over and take a look at his collection of historical marvels. … Continue reading

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Nothing sucks seeds like succession: how a 17th Century Irish Archbishop invented modern ecology

If one could choose from among the several notable Irish William Kings who might possibly serve as first recorder of a hypothesis on the development of bog vegetation you might choose wrongly.  The three candidates: William King soldier and politician, … Continue reading

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History of Science Society annual meeting

The History of Science Society (HSS) is meeting in Cleveland between November 3rd and 6th. The meeting will be co-located with the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Registration for … Continue reading

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[Review] The Genius of Erasmus Darwin

C.U.M. Smith & Robert Arnott, eds. The Genius of Erasmus Darwin , Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2005, xvii + 416 pp., illus, $130. As we approach [This review appeared in Journal of the History of Biology 41(4): 766 – 768 in 2008] the bicentennial of … Continue reading

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Quaking bogs and other Shaky Ground: some thoughts on the history of phytosociology

In the early 1980s I volunteered to work in Killarney National Park in Ireland on a project to rid the oak woodlands of Rhododendron ponticum, an invasive shrub that was encroaching in the understory of this habitat.  The concern was … Continue reading

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