The Giant’s Shoulders #36: The ABCs of the History of Science

Happy 3rd blogiversary, The Giant’s Shoulders!

Summer is upon us, and many of you are looking forward to time away from desks and books and computer screens. So, take this edition of your favorite history of science blog carnival (the only!) as a last call for intelligent, historical entertainment (but honestly, don’t forget about the July and August editions).

A is for Ancient texts, Alchemy, Agassiz, Anenomes, and Astronomy

Smithsonian: What Secrets Do Ancient Medical Texts Hold?

Science: Podcast interview about medieval alchemists

– Neuron Culture: Reef Madness Begins: Louis Agassiz, Creationist Magpie

– History of Science Centre’s blog: Love your anemones

– The Renaissance Mathematicus: The astronomical revolution didn’t start here!

– Universe Today: Newly Born: the Science of Astronomy

B is for Burtt, Bugs, Books, Bottom-Feeders, Bryan, and Botany

– The Evolution List: The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science

– Biodiversity Heritage Library: Book of the Week: Cabinet of Oriental Entomology

– The Renaissance Mathematicus: The world’s first scientific press

– Laelaps: Plesiosaurs, the Beautiful Bottom-feeders

– The Sensuous Curmudgeon: John West & William Jennings Bryan

– History of geology: A very short history of Palaeobotany

C is for Color, Childhood, Crime, Code, Creation, and Chapman

– Huntington Blogs: The Shade of Things

– Petri Dish: child-sized depictions of charles darwin to grow on

– Songbirds and Satellites: Cream o’ the Crop

– Providentia: The Turing Problem (Part 1)

– BBC News: Code-cracking machine returned to life

– Neuron Culture: Reef Madness 3: Louis Agassiz, TED Wet Dream, Conquers America

D is for Doodles, Doubt, Darwin, Discovery, Development, and Descourtilz

– Jacob Darwin Hamblin: Battle of the History of Science Doodles!

– COSMOS: Merchants of doubt

– OU History of Science Collections: New exhibit: Darwin @ the Library and The HMS Beagle

– The Atavism: Sunday Spinelessness – Flat animals and biology’s age of discovery

– Pharyngula: PZ Myers at Glasgow Sceptics in the Pub, The Crystal Palace

– BibliOdyssey: Caribbean Nature

E is for Environmental determinism, Epigenetics, Eddington, Education, Economics, and Embryos

– Jacob Darwin Hamblin: Roundtable on Mosquito Empires

– History of Science at OSU: Nature versus Nurture

– Scientific American: The Evolution of Common Sense

– Boundary Vision: Escaping the rhetoric of “the past” in science education

– Ether Wave Propaganda: Margaret Schabas on the Concept of Nature in Economic Thought

– Thoughts from Kansas: What do Haeckel’s embryos signify? (recent comments in old post)

F is for Francis Darwin, Forbes’ Folly, Fossils, Fiction, Family, and Fish

– Deep Sea News: Forbes’ Folly – Evidence of Deep Sea Life Ignored

– The Meming of Life: Screwing with Darwin 1, Screwing with Darwin 2, and Screwing with Darwin: the final chapter

– Between Death and DNA: Prelude To The Final 3: Of Physicists And Fossils

– Whewell’s Ghost: Fictional science

– Darwin and Gender: Darwin’s Invisible Workforce

– BibliOdyssey: Bloch Fish

G is for Group selection, Galileo, Glen Roy, General Electric, and Gould

– Political Descent: Evolutionary Restraints

Forbes: Galileo’s Conversion

– Neuron Culture: The One Darwin Really DID Get Wrong: Rumble at Glen Roy

– Scientific Blogging: Science History: A Look At General Electric’s Early Guest Book

– john hawks weblog: Gould’s “Unconscious Manipulation  of Data”; Why Evolution Is True: Steve Gould gets it in the neck; Quodlibeta: The Bias Sphere; or, Turning Gould into Irony; and Antropomics: Plotz biology

H is for Heliobacter pylori, Helium, House, Hahn, Harvey, Halley, and Hollow

– EarthSky: Did HMS Beagle voyage lead to Charles Darwin’s poor health?

– Scientific American: Helium Hokum: Why Airships Will Never Be Part of Our Transportation Infrastructure

– PACHSmörgåsbord: The House Where Spacetime Began

– Whewell’s Ghost: Thank You and So Long, Roger Hahn

– Early Modern Thought Online: William Harvey’s Medical Aristotelianism

– Ptak Science Books: How Fish and a Dog Nearly Prevented the Publication of Newton’s Principia

– Petri Dish: hollow heads? science, fantasy, and what’s as plain as the earth beneath our feet

I is for Images and Integration

– Early Modern Experimental Philosophy: Images of Experimental Philosophy (and a request for help!)

– AmericanScience: A Team Blog: HPS? History and vs. History of

J is for Judson, Josephine, and Joseph

– Biomedicine on Display: Remembering Horace Judson, author of Eighth Day of Creation; Genotopia: Horace Judson: a eulogy; and Why Evolution Is True: Horace Freeland Judson, R.I.P.

– Oral History of British Science: Josephine Barnes and Joseph Rotblat

K is for Kindgom

– History of geology: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Kingdom of Cretaceous Skulls

L is for Longitude, Lab coats, and Lindau

– The Board of Longitude: Across the pond

– through the looking glass: David Kirby’s ‘Lab Coats in Hollywood’

– Scientific American: Lindau Nobel Meeting–Courting Minerva with Ragnar Granit

M is for Menus, Maskelyne, Modernity, Madness, Magnetism, Mayer, and Monsters

– The Board of Longitude: A Chrononhotontologue

– The Board of Longitude: The Maskelynian revival

– William Eamon: The Age of How-To

– Biomedicine on Display: Madness and museums – collecting and exhibiting the history of psychiatry

– Highly Allochthonous: Why does a compass point north? A mystery at the heart of the story of science (book review)

– The Board of Longitude: Tobias Mayer – Our man in Hanover

– Scientific American: Anecdotes from the Archive: A Closer Look at New York City’s Tap Water Monsters

N is for Neuroanatomy, Nacktkultur, Noether, Nationalism, and Newton

– Slate: How the Brain Got Its Buttocks

– From the Hands of Quacks: Constructing the Naked (Social) Body III

– PACHSmörgåsbord: Emmy Noether

– The Renaissance Mathematicus: Nations, nationality, nationalism, history and historiography

– Ptak Science Books: Newton and his 351st Trinity Anniversary: a Note on Ending his Research in Alchemy

O is for Oral history, Oslo, and Oregon

– Natural History @ 100: Recording Our Stories

– The Pauling Blog: The Oslo Conference

– The Pauling Blog: “Oregon Experience: Linus Pauling,” now available online

P is for Popularization, Polymath, Porter, Pox, Punctuated equilibrium, Plastic, and Pterosaur

– The Dispersal of Darwin: How the Victorians Learned about Darwin’s Theories

– The Renaissance Mathematicus: A Croatian Polymath

– Wellcome Trust: Excellence attracts – Roy Porter at the Wellcome Institute (via h-madness)

– The History of Vaccines Blog: POX: Michael Willrich in Philadelphia May 12

– Not by Needs nor Nature: Punctuated Equilibrium as metaphor

– Scientific American: A Brief History of Plastic’s Conquest of the World

– Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: Scaphognathus crassirostris: A Pterosaur in the Historical Record? and Goertzen’s Case for the Historical Scaphognathus

Q is for Quatermass

– History of geology: Five million years of terror: Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

R is for Religion, Reade, Radium, and Rutherford

– Soapbox Science: Science owes much to both Christianity and the Middle Ages

– Open Parachute: Early history of science and Clarifying some myths in the history of science (comments a must)

– Darwin and Human Nature: Spotlight on a correspondent: William Winwood Reade

– Meteorite Manuscripts: Early Use of Radium in the U.S. – George Barker’s 1903 Columbia Lecture

– Providentia: That Healthy Glow (Part 1)

– BBC News: The man who looked inside the atom

S is for STEM, Spandrels, Sins, Sasquatch, and Space

– Common Core: STEM or Not: Why Science History Matters

– Kele’s Science Blog: “Spandrels” before “spandrels” were cool

– Ptak Science Books: The 47 Sins of Isaac Newton, as Recorded by Himself

– MonsterTALK: Searching for Sasquatch

– Roger Launius’s Blog: Reconsidering the Foundations of Human Spaceflight in the 1950s

T is for Trust, Tables, Tyndall, Travel, Thatcher, Time, and Telomeres

– Scientific American: Trust Me, I’m a Scientist

– Evolving Thoughts: Quote: Eddington’s Two Tables

– World Association of Young Scientists: John Tyndall – Science Communicator

– Transcribing Tyndall: Work on Tyndall from Ciaran Toal

– BSHS Travel Guide: Welcome to the British Society for History of Science (BSHS) Travel Guide!

– through the looking glass: Thatcher, Scientist

– AmericanScience: A Team Blog: Recapping the Reinvention of Time

– Genotopia: End Times (The Telos of Telomeres)

U is for Uranium and Unicode

– History of Science at OSU: The Legacy of Nuclear Radiation on Native Lands

– Periodic Tabloid: Newton Would U+2661 Unicode 6.0

V is for Venereal disease, Venus, and Vegetal

– The Quack Doctor: Pockey Warts, Buboes and Shankers

– Vintage Space: Unraveling Venus

– BibliOdyssey: Anatomia Vegetal

W is for Water, Wales, Wells, and Wallace

– The Mermaid’s Tale: The Darwins at Malvern: the Water-Cures

– Skulls in the Stars: Mpemba’s baffling discovery: can hot water freeze before cold? (1969)

– History of Science Centre’s blog: Photography and a wet weekend in Wales

– Skulls in the Stars: H.G. Wells’ The World Set Free (1914)

– Wallace News Blog: Baldwin, Wallace and Organic Selection

X is for XX

– xkcd: Marie Curie

Y is for Year

– Roger Launius’s Blog: The Legacy of the International Polar Years and the International Geophysical Year

Z is for Zodiac

– History of Science Centre’s blog: Random reflections on Regiomontanus


Thank you for stopping by this 3rd anniversary edition of The Giant’s Shoulders! As of right now, the carnival does not have a blog host for the July edition. Think about it. In the meantime, be sure to look over my ever-updated list of history of science bloggers and tweeters, and if you’re on Twitter yourself, search #histsci.

Happy Summer!

2011-06-17 UPDATE:  The next edition will appear at Romeo Vitelli’s psychology blogProvidentia on July 16th.  Entries are due by the 15th of the month, and can be submitted directly to the host blog or through

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