Science History

Gruesome Analysis

I have just read a letter in Chemistry World (September 2009, p40) by A J Dijkstra, who has just translated the first ever book on lipid chemistry from French into English. This book is Recherches chimiques sur les corps gras d'origine animale, Paris ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Sep 2 2009 - 1:21pm

Nuclear Weapons, the Cold War, and the Art of the Status Quo

We had this question posed to us in one of my classes. Here is my answer: Did the existence of nuclear weapons cause a dramatic change in the conduct of foreign policy or the options available to nuclear states? Why or why not? To answer this I'll of ...

Blog Post - Sina Kashefipour - Sep 9 2009 - 10:03pm

The Voynich Manuscript Part 9: An Amateur's Work?

The Voynich Manuscript Part 9: An Amateur's Work? ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Sep 10 2009 - 9:08pm

Ancient Civilizations Knew How To Keep Things Messy...

Today an archaeologist revealed that even in ancient Israel they were making outstanding likenesses of Alexander the Great.   Israel was a far cry from his usual stomping grounds but he had passed through on his way to Egypt and they had become so enamored ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Sep 8 2010 - 6:57pm

Evolutionary Biology- Home Of The Idiot Savant

I’ve been putting the case for some months now, that evolutionary biology is in a deplorable state due to an uncritical acceptance of the unrealistic assumptions that lie at the heart of selfish gene theory, by those who are directing current research. (S ...

Article - Steve Davis - Sep 19 2009 - 10:57am

"Creation" film / movie

A friend on a newsgroup went recently to see the "Creation" fim / movie.  He'd like to know what the folks on Scientific Blogging think of it (I presume it's being shown across the pond, also.)  He writes: Dear All, Went to see the film ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Oct 5 2009 - 2:11pm

The Twentieth Century

Perhaps the more wrenching by-product of the scientific revolution has been to render untenable many of our most cherished and most comforting beliefs. The tidy anthropocentric proscenium of our own ancestors has been replaced by a cold, immense, indiffer ...

Blog Post - Theadora Martens - Oct 8 2009 - 4:49pm

Physicists Gone Wild

The coolest science conference of the 20th century was, hands down, the 1927 Solvay conference. Occurring during one of the most intense periods in the development of quantum mechanics, and attended by some of the most famous scientists in history, this me ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Oct 10 2009 - 10:09pm

Nostradamus Says: It Will Soon Suck To Be Us

No more sifting through unsanitary goat knuckles, searching for abstractions in tealeaves, shaking the Mattel magic eight ball, listening to Yellow Submarine backwards, or trudging India’s highlands in search of infamously reclusive gurus—instead, look no ...

Article - Garth Sundem - Dec 14 2009 - 10:09am

Top Of The Noughties

With the first decade of the millennium coming to a close, it is time to take stock. What have ' The Noughties ' brought us in terms of scientific advances? ...

Article - Johannes Koelman - Dec 27 2009 - 2:31pm