Archive for October, 2010

The end of summer.

October 31, 2010

Today is Samhain the Celtic festival to mark the end of the light half of the year, summer, and the beginning of the dark half, winter. The Celts believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on this night and allowed the wraiths to return to this world. Misappropriated by the Catholic Church it became All Souls and the following day All Saints making this evening All Hallows Eve or Halloween.

Whatever the origin it’s a good evening to think of those esoteric episodes in the history of science that you are going to submit to the special Esoteric edition of The Giants’ Shoulders to be hosted by Heterodoxology on the 16th November. You have just 15 days left for those post on esoteric, weird or arcane ideas that led to real developments in the history of science or those that were accepted as science but later proved to be merely esoteric or those that were presented as science but were always weird and wonderful. As always submissions on normal topics in the history of science are more than welcome. Submissions should be made either direct to the host or to the Giants’ Shoulders Carnival site.

As always The Giants’ Shoulders is seeking blog owners willing and able to host the greatest history of science show in town! If you have the courage then contact either the Renaissance Mathematicus or Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars.

Giants’ Shoulders #28 is Out

October 16, 2010

Jai Virdi has posted her special edition of Giants’ Shoulders ‘Visuals & Representations’ at From the Hands of Quacks and a wonderful collection of  history of science eye candy is waiting for your perusal, so put on the reading glasses and pop on over.

The 29th edition of Giants’ Shoulders will be hosted by Egil Asprem at Heterodoxology on 16th of November and is a ‘Esoteric Science’ special.

To the layman, the natural sciences have become increasingly “esoteric” in the sense of being hard to access and difficult to understand. Throughout its history, science has been esoteric in other senses as well, connected with attempts to unravel the secrets of the book of nature, the understanding of occult properties and forces, and the quest for absolute, higher knowledge. This edition of Giants’ Shoulders is dedicated to all those esoteric pursuits of knowledge; a celebration of all strange, alien, and counterintuitive methods that have been attempted to dissect, read, or tame nature’s secrets, from renaissance natural philosophy to present-day Grand Unified Theories – whether cleverly inventive, hopelessly megalomaniac, or simply misguided.

Post should be submitted by 15th of November either directly to the host or to the Giants’ shoulders Blog Carnival.

Only Three Giants’ Shoulders till Christmas

October 10, 2010

If you want to get that definitive, mind blowing, paradigm shifting post on the history of science into the hottest HOS blog carnival in town then you have just three chances left in the year 2010 and each of them is special themed.

On the 16th October Jai Virdi at From the Hands of Quacks is hosting a Visuals and Representation in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine special which means you have just five days to submit your visually stunning entry.

On the 16th of November Egil Asprem will be hosting an Esoteric Science special at Heterodoxology.

“To the layman, the natural sciences have become increasingly “esoteric” in the sense of being hard to access and difficult to understand. Throughout its history, science has been esoteric in other senses as well, connected with attempts to unravel the secrets of the book of nature, the understanding of occult properties and forces, and the quest for absolute, higher knowledge. This edition of Giants’ Shoulders is dedicated to all those esoteric pursuits of knowledge; a celebration of all strange, alien, and counterintuitive methods that have been attempted to dissect, read, or tame nature’s secrets, from renaissance natural philosophy to present-day Grand Unified Theories – whether cleverly inventive, hopelessly megalomaniac, or simply misguided.”

The 16th December sees the appearance of A (Scientific) Christmas Carol a Giants Shoulder’s special 19th century science edition hosted by the Ghost of William Whewell at his own blog. So get working on those posts on Darwin, Owen, Buckland et al. Maxwell, Faraday, Kelvin and co, Boole, De Morgan, Frege and Peirce, Boltzmann, Diesel, Ohm, Mach und so weiter or which ever Victorian physicists, biologists, logicians, chemists or mathematicians excite, stimulate or turn you on.

As always posts on other topics in the history of science are more than welcome; submissions close on the 15th of each month and should be made either directly to Jai, Egil or Rebekah Higgit, who is acting as Professor Whewell’s secretary, or directly to Giants’ Shoulders.

The countdown has begun.

October 6, 2010

In just ten days from now the 28th edition of your favourite History of Science Blog Carnival “The Giants’ Shoulders” will take off from this months launching pad at From the Hands of Quacks. This means you have just nine days left to submit your entries for this “visuals and representation in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine” special edition either directly to your host Jai Virdi or here at Giants’ Shoulders. Submissions on normal history of science topics are of course more than welcome.


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