All posts tagged with history of science

Link: The origin of peer review

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Nature has an essay by Alex Csiszar recounting the first episode of peer review by the Royal Society, negotiated between William Whewell and John Lubbock on ...

Link: On Huxley and Busk

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Recommended: a post by history of science student Paige Madison on the forgotten George Busk: “On Being Remembered: Huxley, Busk, & Scientific Friendship...

Lewontin on Gould

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David Sloan Wilson recently interviewed Richard Lewontin for the website, This View of Life: “The Spandrels Of San Marco Revisited: An Interview With Richard...

Neandertals inside and outside humanity

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The historian of science Lydia Pyne has published a couple of recent articles that detail interesting aspects of the history human evolution. The first is ab...

Link: The frequentist Bigfoot

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Carl Zimmer connects Bigfoot with an explanation of the history of “null hypothesis” in a Nautilus essay: “Why we can’t rule out Bigfoot”. He discusses a rec...

Link: History of the word, ‘scientist’

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The Renaissance Mathematicus enlisted the historian Melinda Baldwin to write about the early history of the word, “scientist”, originally coined by William W...

Carl Sagan remembered

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Smithsonian is running a retrospective on the career of Carl Sagan, by writer Joel Achenbach (“Why Carl Sagan is truly irreplaceable”). The occasion is the u...

Transit tokens

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Jennifer Ouellette takes a timely dip into astronomical history: “Sic Transit Venus”.

Some definitions of science collected

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From Maria Popova of Brainpickings: “What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions”.

Computing past

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The Guardian has an interview with George Dyson about his new book, Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. The book reviews the early histo...

Steno: not just for stratigraphy

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Matthew Cobb, guest-blogging at Why Evolution Is True, gives an appreciation of Nicholas Steno’s contributions to biology: “Googles doodle: women have eggs”.

Turing and the apple

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Folklorist Alan Garner has a poignant, short remembrance of Alan Turing:

Gleick interview on information

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The Guardian has an interview with James Gleick about his new book, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. The book focuses in part on Claude Shannon...

An Arab view on the history of Darwinism

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Eric Michael Johnson gives an account of the history of science work of Mirwa Elshakry: Darwin and Spencer in the Middle East.” Elshakry’s thesis explored ho...

"There's plenty of room at the bottom"

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Adam Keiper has an interesting Wall Street Journal piece about how a near-forgotten Richard Feynman lecture was raised from a history-of-science footnote, “F...

Cabinet of curiosities

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Six hundred dollars was more money twenty years ago, but it was still pretty cheap for a beautiful rosewood specimen cabinet, I’d have thought. It was full o...

Darwin in the East

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Nature has started a series of essays called “Global Darwin” on the way that Darwin’s theory influenced non-Western scientific and political traditions. The ...