Science History

Demons In Science And Philosophy

Thought experiments are mental exercises, or imaginative experiments, which are often not possible to perform with current technology. They appear to be particularly popular in physics and philosophy, but are by no means limited to these two fields. There ...

Article - Gunnar De Winter - Jul 18 2011 - 8:18pm

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer Climate has always changed- but we have not always known it. Events following 1816- the year without a summer- led to a major controversy in which the scientific consensus on the one hand was countered by dogma on the ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jul 27 2011 - 9:06am

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer- #2

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer- #2 Ignaz Venetz was, in 1821, awarded a prize of 300 francs for his memoire by the Schweizerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft- the Swiss Natural Science Society.  It is my firm opinion that, accordingly, the date of ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jul 27 2011 - 9:11am

1799: Thomas Jefferson, Noah Webster And The First Global Warming Debate

As I wrote in Like Freedom? Thank A Scientist- How Science Made America Possible, during the meetings of the the Continental Congress during independence discussions, Thomas Jefferson noted the temperature on four separate occasions.  Jefferson, like many ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 3 2015 - 11:34am

Exquisite Machines

The synthesis of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and biology, pursued in fits and starts over the years by an eccentric cast of thinkers, has produced a few scientific red herrings, but the overall idea has expanded our biophysical horizons.  I'll summ ...

Article - Sean Gibbons - Jul 25 2011 - 8:52am

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer- #3

Ignaz Venetz- Climate Change Pioneer- #3 There is no such thing as a perfect translation. En effet, on peut être utile sans atteindre à la perfection; Agenda, ou tableau général des Observations et des Recherches dont les résultats doivent servir de base ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jul 29 2011 - 12:40am

The Posthumous Memoir Of Ignaz Venetz

The Posthumous Memoir of Ignaz Venetz My  three part article on Venetz's prize-winning 1821 paper began with some facts tending to prove that he was the first person to discuss climate change scientifically.  Since beginning my researches concerning ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 9 2011 - 10:36am

The Posthumous Memoir Of Ignaz Venetz- #2

The Posthumous Memoir of Ignaz Venetz This memoir was published by the Swiss Natural Sciences Society, shortly after the death of Ignaz Venetz, to honor his great contribution to science. For background information, please see part 1 of this article- The ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 9 2011 - 10:54am

The Posthumous Memoir Of Ignaz Venetz #3

The Posthumous Memoir of Ignaz Venetz #3... the voice of a faithful disciple of science is entitled to be heard. My continuing researches on the discovery of climate change show that prior to Ignaz Venetz's 1821 prize-winning paper, the most commonly ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 9 2011 - 10:32am

A Frael Of Figs- Or- A Handful Of History

A Frael of Figs  - or- A Handful of History If history consisted only in lists of the dates when "important people" did earth-shattering things such as kicking the bucket from a surfeit of lampreys, then I would agree with Henry Ford that histor ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 10 2011 - 2:57pm