Author Archives: John S. Wilkins

About John S. Wilkins

PhD in HPS - published on species concepts and classification, among other topics. Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. webmaster

The history of science in 140 characters or less

Michael Barton asked the following question on Twitter: In 140 characters or less, what is “history of science”? #histsci See the answers. I’m still waiting for my iPad.

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How scientists think, a book proposal

I’m too busy at the moment to blog, write, think or maintain my personal hygiene, so I thought I’d add content by getting my readers to provide it for me. So I’m going to propose a little project. First, a … Continue reading

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Women in science

Notice the incredible lack of XX karyotypes in the above header image? Me too. I want to find a nice historical shot of people doing science en masse, but I can’t find any with women in it before the 1990s. … Continue reading

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HPS links

From Skulls in the Stars 5 days until The Giant’s Shoulders #27! Posted on September 10, 2010 by skullsinthestars There’s only 11 days left before the deadline of the next edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival!  It will be held … Continue reading

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George C. Williams dies

Few evolutionary biologists have had the impact within and without their field as has George Williams, who died this week. His groundbreaking Adaptation and Natural Selection in 1966 set off the debate over levels of selection, the ubiquity of natural … Continue reading

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Scientists as historians

This is a repost from my old blog.

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Prichard on species

Here’s a nice and interesting discussion on how species was seen well before Darwin, which is effectively a “biological”, that is to say, reproductive isolation species conception. It’s by James Prichard, an anthropologist, and published in the second edition of … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking and the creation of the universe

I should begin by saying that I haven’t read Hawking’s book with Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, and I probably won’t. But the way it is being hyped in the media, social and mainstream, suggests that what he is claiming, … Continue reading

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