Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Trilogy 2012 Part III: What to do if your mother’s a witch.

Johannes Kepler certainly lived in interesting times in the sense of the old Chinese curse.  Born 27th December 1571 he lived through the most intensive phase of the Counter-Reformation being forced, as a Protestant living and working in Catholic territory, to … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, History | Leave a comment

Christmas Trilogy 2012 Part II: Charles and Ada: A tale of genius or of exploitation?

This year Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fuelled by the Finding Ada website and twitter account took off big time. Now I have nothing against this celebration and have actively supported it on this blog … Continue reading

Posted in History, mathematics | Leave a comment

Christmas Trilogy 2012 Part I: Did Isaac really victimise Stephen?

Isaac Newton was not a nice man. When he was holding court in a London coffee house dispensing wisdom and his mathematical manuscripts to his acolytes he was probably friendly and magnanimous. Also, when he was chatting over breakfast with … Continue reading

Posted in History | Leave a comment

Pseudo-science, proto-science, pre-science or just plain science?

Having posted my recent article on the history of pseudo-science and science I went off to bed. Whilst I was wrapped in the arms of Morpheus an interesting little debate was taking place on my twitter stream. One of the participants thought … Continue reading

Posted in Astrology, History, Philosophy | Leave a comment

The History of Science Santa is early this year: Giants’ Shoulders #54 “A Sleigh Load of History” is up.

December’s host Michelle Ziegler, the history of science Santa, has put together a massive sleigh load of #histsci goodies at her blog Contagions in Giants’ Shoulders #54 to see you through the holiday season. So when you’ve polished off the goose and the plum … Continue reading

Posted in Giants' Shoulders | Leave a comment

Giants’ Shoulders The Apocalypse Edition

Apparently the world is going to end on 21st December, if this is the case you have just two days to submit those posts to the last ever history of science blog carnival Giants’ Shoulder # 54. Let’s close out the … Continue reading

Posted in Giants' Shoulders | Leave a comment

Killed by Homeopathy

The mathematician, philosopher and logician George Boole died on the 8th December 1864. What most people don’t realise is that he was in all probability killed by homeopathy. [curious?]

Posted in History, logic, mathematics | Leave a comment