Catching up with The H Word

As mentioned in my previous post here, I have been cross-posting my posts from The H Word, hosted by the Guardian, to my personal blog Teleskopos. Please feel free to read and/or comment there, or follow the links below to Teleskopos, which you may find a saner place to comment!

History of science: Putting the ‘H’ in The H Word

What is an historian doing on the Guardian science blogs?

The first HSS: the sad fate of a 19th-century history of science society

How an 18-year-old Royal Society fellow’s fascination for manuscripts sunk an early venture in the history of science.

Mapping Mars: a long and highly imaginative history

Observing the Martian surface has always been a matter of skill, technology, speculation and wishful thinking

(Pseudo)scientific history?

At least one historical prediction holds true: the regular appearance of people claiming they hold the key to ‘scientific history’

Geek mythology and Nikola Tesla

The campaign to save Tesla’s laboratory has caught imaginations – with a mythological geek hero

Beyond our Kuhnian inheritance

A recent lecture by Prof Greg Radick questions our scientific inheritance, through textbook histories of genetics and Thomas Kuhn’s legacy.

Thomas Jefferson, science enthusiast

Whatever flawed versions of Thomas Jefferson are peddled by the American right, we know he loved his science.

Fraud and the decline of science

Charles Babbage’s accusations of fraudulent science underlined his attack on scientific governance, but were also bitterly personal.

Please also hop over to The H Word to read Vanessa Heggie’s posts:

Sex testing and the Olympics: myths, rumours and confirmation bias: What we believe about ‘gender fraud’ at the Olympics may be more to do with prejudice than fact.

The athlete who drank too much Coca-Cola: In 1913 a Kansas athlete claimed he’d paid a high price for being an experimental subject. Or, as I could title this: Lady Boffin ‘Blinds’ Champ with Coke!

‘Legitimate rape’ – a medieval medical concept: The idea that rape victims cannot get pregnant is a very old medical theory.

Long before the Paralympics there was the Deaflympics: Deaf sporting events go back much further than the Paralympics, but they still struggle for funding.

About Rebekah Higgitt

Rebekah Higgitt completed a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London in 2004 and did postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh. She was Curator of History of Science and Technology at the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich between 2008 and 2013 and is now a senior lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent. Her research and publications have mainly focused on scientific institutions, scientific biography, history of science and the relationship between science, government and the public in 19th-century Britain. From August 2020 she will be Principal Curator of Science at National Museums Scotland.
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