Science History

Astrological Bloodletting- Medieval Physicians Used Star Alignments For Phlebotomy Insight

Medieval doctors had to acquire a range of skills including an ability to read Latin texts, a working knowledge of the bodily “humours” and an understanding of the rudiments of blood circulation. Their diagnostic techniques were largely limited to examini ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 10 2019 - 6:30am

For Roman Emperors, Surviving The First Year Was Hardest

As a new Roman emperor, your risk of death was high, but it declined as time went on, according to a new analysis. And over 70 rulers, the progression was predictable.  Historical records show that of 69 rulers of the unified Roman Empire, 43 (62 percent) ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 30 2019 - 11:55am

The Pharaoh, The Suburb, And Mathematics.

Not long ago, I was watching a documentary The Pharaoh in the Suburb on Channel 5 (UK terrestrial television) which told us that The discovery of a gigantic statue in a suburb of Cairo shed light on an almost forgotten period of Egyptian history, and the a ...

Article - Robert H Olley - Jan 5 2020 - 10:39pm

A Speculation On The Evolution Of Science

“Terror is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time.” – Marshall McLuhan* The famous media scholar’s statement about preliterate societies seems to apply also to our society today, in which the word “terror ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Jan 24 2020 - 5:42pm

The Mystery Of Edgar Allan Poe's Death Gets Some New Insight

On October 3 1849, the famed American horror and mystery author Edgar Allan Poe was found in a complete state of delirium – incoherent, dishevelled and wearing a stranger’s clothes. Four days later, he died in a hospital. His final words were “ Lord, help ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 26 2020 - 7:30am