Science History

Two Armstrong EKG Readings- A Question Of Provenance

Two Armstrong EKG Readings- A Question Of Provenance [edit] This article has been updated- please see: One Small Step- Two Small Strips (Or Maybe Three) I recently posted an article: Neil Armstrong's Heartbeat- EKG Up For Auction.  Unsurprisingly man ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - May 14 2013 - 1:49pm

One Small Step- Two Small Strips (Or Maybe Three)

One Small Step- Two Small Strips    (Or Maybe Three) The news that Neil Armstrong's EKG is up for auction has been reported across the world.  Having more than a passing interest in how language is used, I was looking at the different ways that write ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 7 2013 - 1:50pm

Richard Holmes- Falling Upwards

Richard Holmes- Falling Upwards Falling Upwards.  What a wonderful title for a history of ballooning. As someone with more than a slight interest in the history of science and technology*, I intend to buy a copy of this new book. Falling Upwards is a wond ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - May 8 2013 - 5:00am

Civil War CSI: Did Stonewall Jackson Die From Pneumonia?

Legendary Confederate fighter Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson died 150 years ago but the actual cause of his death has been a subject of debate. And it was again at the 20th annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference in Maryland. Jackson got ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 11 2013 - 11:57am

Alfred Russel Wallace And The Inselaffen

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Article - Robert H Olley - May 16 2013 - 8:50am

Wilhelm Sinsteden- Inventor Of The Lead-Acid Battery

Most people, including many scientists and electrical engineers, have never heard of Wilhelm Josef Sinsteden.  He invented the lead-acid battery and published his findings in 1854.  In 1860 an improved construction by Gaston Raimond Planté was the first co ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 17 2013 - 6:29pm

NSA Global Data Gathering (Old News)

News (?), Top-Secret (?), Latest revelation (?) Strange, the EU was aware of the NSA (spying) global gathering of electronic data since 2001.  Sorry folks, this is not news.  I wrote about this several years ago in this forum under the title: Quantum Phys ...

Blog Post - Jim Myres - Jun 7 2013 - 10:22am

Batteries électriques- By A. Volta

Batteries électriques- by Alexander Volta In 1800 the Royal Society published Alexander Volta's description of how he built his batteries. It is not widely known that Volta invented both the 'wet' and the 'dry' battery.  Most writ ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 23 2013 - 5:24pm

Electric Batteries- By A. Volta

Electric Batteries- by A. Volta In this article I present my translation of Alessandro (Alexander) Volta's original French paper, which I published as- Batteries électriques- By A. Volta ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 23 2013 - 5:31pm

Bruno Was A Martyr For Magic, Not Science

The contrarian in me forces me to argue against sides I would ordinarily agree with when the argument is made from a flawed premise; California's Proposition 37 got a thumbs down from me because there's no reason a terrifically unhealthy Whole Fo ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jun 27 2013 - 3:53pm