Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tartu: “the Russian Empire’s leading observatory”

My review of Lea Leppick’s Tartu Old Observatory (2011), appeared in the  February 2012 issue (£) of the Journal for the History of Astronomy. You can read it here.

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Dr SkySkull, founder and senior manager of your monthly history of science blog carnival, has posted the 45th edition of The Giants’ Shoulders at Skull in the Stars and as always it is a fascinating, titillating, exhilarating, scintillating and captivating potpourri of histsci delight. … Continue reading

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Calendrical Confusion or The Dangers of Dating!

This morning one of the sources I consult to remind me of anniversaries of discoveries, births and deaths in the history of science had two entries concerning the father and son Friesian Renaissance astronomers David and Johannes Fabricius. According to this … Continue reading

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Geologizing Women into the Field!

Geology usually requires outdoor activities in remote, inhospitable, hazardous or dirty environments. At the beginning of the 19th century it was hard to imagine that a gentleman would engage voluntarily in such an activity and it’s seemed even less comprehensible … Continue reading

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There was no such thing as the Longitude Prize

As a result of the old question “Did Harrison win the Longitude Prize?”, and recent discussions on Twitter, started by Marcus du Sautoy here (he had been filming with the Royal Observatory’s Senior Specialist in Horology, Jonathan Betts, that day) … Continue reading

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The Prof says: Tycho was a scientist, not a blunderer and a darn good one too!

We have a novelty here at RM, a guest post. Renaissance Mathematicus Internet friend and historian of science Professor Christopher M Graney wrote asking the assistance of the HISTSCI HULK in demanding justice for the sixteenth century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who … Continue reading

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It’s not the Mercator projection; it’s the Mercator-Wright projection

500 years ago on 5th March 1512 Gerard de Kremer was born in Rupelmonde […]

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Trees behaving badly

by Liam Heneghan To James White, botanist and teacher. Though you might forgivably mistake a man for a tree at the level of gross morphology, nevertheless, a tree undeniably dwells in place whereas a person’s home is born in motion.  … Continue reading

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Gazing at the horizon.

You don’t have to know the length of the year to record the summer solstice. A discourse on primitive knowledge and archaeoastronomy. [to learn more go here]

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Being wrong is not a crime; knowing what’s right and deliberately saying the wrong thing is!

Inspired or, perhaps better said, provoked by my last post mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss has written a thoughtful post on the virtues of being wrong at his blog Maxwell’s Demon. This reaction to my post has prompted me to try to explain … Continue reading

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