Science History

Victorian Myths And Galileo's Debt To Medieval Scientists

If there's one thing you've heard over and over, it's that mean old religion has always been the enemy of science.   It isn't true, of course, but at least in America, with its Protestant heritage, anything that slammed Catholics got tr ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 6 2009 - 2:12pm

How Darwin Was Misinterpreted

The Struggle for Existence was the title Charles Darwin gave to Chapter Three of On The Origin of Species, and he went to some trouble to explain exactly what he meant by this struggle. Throughout the chapter we find: “I use the term Struggle for Existenc ...

Article - Steve Davis - Aug 6 2009 - 10:50pm

Reconsidering the Wheel

We've all heard how the wheel is one of man's greatest inventions, and there are many theories or ideas regarding how it was achieved.  Certainly it seems rather plausible that rolling logs probably played a role in this development. However, the ...

Blog Post - Gerhard Adam - Aug 7 2009 - 2:52am

The Oxford Calculators

I have often found reference to medieval and early modern folks most helpful in debugging things that have bugged me since I did science when I was a student in the Sixties (for me they did not swing). One particular bunch are the Oxford Calculators, also ...

Article - Robert H Olley - Aug 8 2009 - 11:57am

The Voynich Manuscript Part 7: Scripts & Swallowtails

The Voynich Manuscript Part 7: Further Dating Studies I present here more evidence in support of my suggestion that the Voynich manuscript may date from a period between 1350 to 1450, perhaps even earlier.  This is part 7 of an occasional series which com ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 19 2009 - 4:26pm

Science For Criminals- 19th Century Knowledge Helped Change Death Row

When did executions go from being functional example-setting to being more humane in method? Annulla Linders, a University of Cincinnati sociologist, examined newspaper accounts of 19th and 20th century Ohio executions to put more 'scientific' ex ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 10 2009 - 9:57am

The Voynich Manuscript: A Rip-Off

This is not an article in my continuing series about the Voynich manuscript.  It is a complaint about plagiarism. buckrogers2012 is a plagiarist. buckrogers2012, a blogger on blogspot.com has copied my entire series of Voynich articles into his blog, compl ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 11 2009 - 11:52am

Ancient Egypt: Recommended Resources

Ancient Egypt: Recommended Resources There are times when I find that anything I may write on a topic has already been written to a very high standard by someone before me.  In such cases, I prefer to refer my readers to those sources. Image from Project ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Aug 11 2009 - 6:30pm

The Voynich Manuscript Part 8: Some Notes On Writing Systems

The Voynich Manuscript Part 8: Some Notes On Writing Systems ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Jan 9 2010 - 4:33pm

Today In Science History: August 24th

Scientific happenings, big and small, on this day in history… But first, today’s quiz: What favorite American snack food was invented on this day by chef George “Speck” Crum in response to a picky customer that complained that the chef’s french fries were ...

Article - Kimberly Crandell - Aug 25 2009 - 10:07am