Science History

Other Suns, Other Colors

Other Suns, Other Colors     It seems to be a law of universal application that if a task is boring and low paid, it should be given to a woman.  Many of the women given such tasks in the past performed them with such skill and dedication that their work ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 21 2011 - 9:19pm

What Was The Weather Forecast For The Battle Of Carthage?

Science, history and a little detective work?  Yes, please!   Tony Lupo, professor and department chair of atmospheric sciences at the University of Missouri, and Mike Madden, a meteorology student,  pulled together bits and pieces of global meteorological ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 22 2011 - 1:23pm

Émilie Du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #1

Émilie du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #1 In 1739 the Paris Academy of Sciences proposed a question: what is fire?  A prize was offered for the best response. Entries were to be presented anonymously. The prize was awarded to Euler.  Voltaire, who ha ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 22 2011 - 7:01pm

Émilie Du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #2

Émilie Du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #2 This is a plain text transcription of Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu. For introductory comments, please see Émilie du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #1. Transcription of part 1 follows ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 23 2011 - 1:53pm

Émilie Du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #3

Émilie Du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #3 This is a plain text transcription of Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu- Part 2. For introductory comments, please see Émilie du Châtelet- An Essay On Heat- 1739- #1. [edit- inserted image a ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 23 2011 - 2:18pm

Bat People On The Moon: A Great Moment In 19th Century Science Journalism

Journalism as an occupation with ethical standards was a 20th century invention.  For a brief, shining moment in time, journalists were interested in truth and newspapers flourished.  Truth is subjective, of course, and so are editors who set the tone of n ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 25 2011 - 2:17pm

The Moon And The Telephone

The Moon And The Telephone In the history of the discovery of climate change and its causes, there are many pioneers whose work in relevant areas is all but forgotten.  Some of these people are not widely known.  Others are widely known, but their climate ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 31 2011 - 1:08pm

King Solomon: The Wisest Man Who Ever Lived Was More Like A Gothic Myth

King Solomon is credited with a lot.   He knew everything, he could turn lead into gold, conjure demons and become invisible. Jamaicans even credit him with discovering marijuana.  If you know the Captain Marvel comic book superhero, the keyword he uses to ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 28 2011 - 9:22pm

A Brief History Of Arctic Warming

A Brief History of Arctic Warming ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Sep 13 2011 - 10:20am

The Icebreaker Yermak

The Icebreaker Yermak Vice-Admiral S. Makaroff of the Imperial Russian Navy was primarily an oceanographer.   His paper On some Oceanographic Problems, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Vol. XXII, contains, amongst detailed reports of his ocea ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Oct 15 2011 - 5:04pm