Science History

Science Citation Classics: Sanger Sequencing

Sanger F, Nicklen S, Coulson AR. 1977. DNA sequencing with chain-terminating inhibitors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U S A 74: 5463-7. This paper describes the most important (IMHO) technical breakthrough in the biological sciences:  ...

Article - John Dennehy - Apr 16 2009 - 9:51pm

Best-Sellers of a Bygone Era

Best-Sellers of a Bygone Era In times gone by, if a book sold fifty copies, the author was celebrated as a 'best-seller'. Some of the best-selling authors of that era led their readers to the discovery of amazing new facts about the cosmos.  The ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Apr 19 2009 - 1:25pm

A Brief History Of The English Language

This is part 1 of 6 in a brief series describing the history of English and its grammar. What is Grammar? A grammar is a set of rules for the communal use of a language. A language can never become a truly national language unless all users of that languag ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 8 2009 - 6:54am

Rita Levi-Montalcini- Italian Nobel scientist still working at 100

Rita Levi-Montalcini celebrated her 100th birthday this week. The Italian scientist's experiments led to identification of the nerve growth factor (NGF) for which she and American Stanley Cohen shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1986, when Levi-Mo ...

Blog Post - Kathlyn Stone - Apr 24 2009 - 3:45pm

A Brief History Of The English Language Part 2- The Age Of Change

A Brief History of the English Language Part 2 Part 1 of this Brief History of English   describes the suppression of the English language under  the Normans who imposed Norman French as a national language.   As French declined and English revived there ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Apr 25 2009 - 2:48pm

John Archibald Wheeler doyen of Modern Physics

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Blog Post - Radha Krishna - Apr 24 2009 - 9:55am

A Brief History Of The English Language Part 3- Orthography

A Brief History of the English Language Part 3 The historical development of English is an excellent model of how a grammar naturally develops.  I am trying to capture some of that history in this short series.  Part of the problem of understanding how la ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 19 2009 - 3:41am

A Brief History of the English Language Part 4- The People's English

A Brief History of the English Language Part 4- The People's English Part 1 briefly covered the period from the 5th century CE to the 14th century. Part 2 describes Chaucer's influence on the development of English. Part 3 covers the period from ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Apr 27 2009 - 6:08pm

A Brief History of the English Language Part 5- Early Modern English

A Brief History of the English Language Part 5- Early Modern English Part 1 briefly covered the period from the 5th century CE to the 14th century. Part 2 describes Chaucer's influence on the development of English. Part 3 covers the period from Chau ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - May 19 2009 - 3:45am

A Brief History of the English Language Part 6- Global English

A Brief History of the English Language Part 6- Global English Part 1 briefly covered the period from the 5th century CE to the 14th century. Part 2 describes Chaucer's influence on the development of English. Part 3 covers the period from Chaucer to ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Apr 29 2009 - 8:19pm