Science History

Making friends in Chemistry

A year and a half ago, an article about cycads at the University of Giessen brought to my attention the University’s most famous member, about whom Wikipedia says: ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Nov 4 2011 - 12:14pm

The Illuminated Origin of Species

Teacher turned artist Kelly Houle has set herself to the task of creating an illuminated version of the unabridged first edition of Charles Darwin's world-changing book. An example of such an illuminated page: (Credit: Kelly M. Houle) The project is i ...

Blog Post - Gunnar De Winter - Nov 14 2011 - 11:56am

Marco Polo beat Columbus

A trunk-load of maps and letters reveals Marco Polo’s greatest secrets. He served as a “field agent” for the Polo Brothers’ Spy Team. Sent to observe and infiltrate the government of Kublai Khan, Marco participated in Chinese explorations in the Canadian A ...

Blog Post - Gunnar Thompson - Dec 5 2011 - 7:48pm

Preview- The First Hydroelectric

“It is said, with prefect truth as regards many matters, that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’, but there is no doubt in my mind that even a little knowledge – provided it be sound knowledge – of allied sciences is of the very greatest value to e ...

Blog Post - Animesh Chatterjee - Jan 12 2012 - 10:35pm

Perspectives- The Electric Telegraph

Before the telegraph was invented, messages could travel as fast as the fastest mode of transport available. Today, however, advanced communication technologies have changed the scenario to a great extent. Messages now travel at the speed of light through ...

Article - Animesh Chatterjee - Feb 22 2012 - 2:55pm

From Russia with Colour – in 1912!

This is interesting, on the BBC website: ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Mar 22 2012 - 11:05pm

Evolutionary Psychology- As it Should Be

Bill Bryson edited a very good book in 2010 titled, “SEEING FURTHER – The Story of Science and the Royal Society”. ...

Blog Post - Steve Davis - Jun 11 2012 - 12:13am

A Fly In The Mathematical Ointment

For about a day I had been trying to read Real Clear Science, particularly the article linked Evolution Debate: Blame Atheists.  Alas, every time I visited the site I got a message: This site is temporarily down and we are working on restoring service. Sor ...

Article - Robert H Olley - Jun 16 2012 - 11:09am

Social Engineering

Prior to World War II and dating back to the 1890s, the phrases “social technology” and “social engineering” carried strong connotations of central planning. This became particularly true in the Soviet Union, where the terms appeared in various tracts. ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Jul 28 2012 - 12:04pm

Neil Armstrong: A Man Of Peace For All Nations

The first man to walk on the moon passed away today, a few weeks after heart surgery. He was 82.  ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Aug 25 2012 - 3:07pm