Monthly Archives: November 2011

Just Eight Days Left!

You have just eight days left to submit those irresistible history of science blog posts to Giants’ Shoulders #41 the one and only history of science blog carnival hosted on 16th November at Early Modern Experimental Philosophy. Submissions as always by the … Continue reading

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A small spot in front of the sun, a small step down the road to heliocentricity.

On the 7th November 1631 the French astronomer and philosopher Pierre Gassendi became the first person to observe the passage of a planet across the sun and thus delivered a small piece of evidence towards the acceptance of heliocentricity. [read … Continue reading

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James Gregory did not invent the reflecting telescope.

An inventor or the inventor that is the question? In the history of scientific instruments who should be given the credit for the invention of a specific artefact, the originator of the concept or the constructor of the first working … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Pluto

Astronomy has a fascinating and ongoing history. As planets are discovered around other stars, our understanding of the universe and our place within it changes. But we don’t need to look to other stars to understand the impact of astronomical … Continue reading

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Climate, Overpopulation & Environment – The Rapa Nui debate

“Anyone who thinks that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” Kenneth E. Boulding (1910-1993), American economist The plot of the movie “Rapa Nui” (1994) is based loosely on native … Continue reading

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