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The Giant’s Shoulders #56 is out!

February 17, 2013

The 56th edition of the history of science blog carnival, The Giant’s Shoulders, is up at The Dispersal of Darwin!  In this edition, you can read about:

  • How a (sort of) believer in ancient astronauts almost became U.S. President,
  • The searchers of the dead: the unappreciated 16th people who collected and inspected the bodies of plague victims,
  • Forgeries, lies, and deception in history,
  • Charles Darwin’s geological studies,
  • Macaque and dagger in the simian space race: how espionage and science crossed paths in early space exploration,
  • and much more!

Many thanks to Michael Barton for putting together a really interesting and large carnival!

We’re still looking for more hosts for the carnival, but next month I will host The Giant’s Shoulders at my home blog Skulls in the Stars, posting on the 16th!  Submissions can be sent directly to me via email, blog comment, or twitter.

The Giant’s Shoulders #53 is out!

November 16, 2012

The 53rd edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival has appeared at The Scicurious Brain!  In this edition, you can read about:

  • How politics and hurricanes have collided as far back as the 1600s,
  • The historical “invasion of the body snatchers” epidemic!
  • THE HORRIFIC CARNIVOROUS MASTODON (that never existed),
  • and much more!

Many thanks to Scicurious for putting together an excellent and lovely edition of the carnival!

The next edition will be posted on December 16th at the Contagions blog, and as always entries can be submitted to the carnival organizers (Skulls in the Stars or Renaissance Mathematicus) or directly to the carnival host.

The Giant’s Shoulders #51 is out! Tales of Patriotic Science-Nerds, Vortex Cannons and Nuking the Goat

September 18, 2012

The 51st edition of The Giant’s Shoulders is up at the History of Geology blog!  As its title suggests, within the carnival you can read about:

  • Patriotic science nerd Thomas Jefferson, who defended America’s biological honor with a moose,
  • A very old physics demonstration which has led to some unusual possible applications: the vortex cannon,
  • The role of neurotic goats as test subjects in early nuclear testing,
  • And much more!

Many thanks to David Bressan for taking the time to host and put together an excellent history of science blog carnival!

The next edition will be hosted on October 16 at the Friends of Darwin blog.  Entries can be submitted to the carnival managers, myself (Dr. SkySkull) or ThonyC via email, or directly to the carnival host, by the 15th of October.

Looking for a host for Giant’s Shoulders #48!

June 4, 2012

Here we are, already well into June, and we don’t yet have a host for the 48th edition of the Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival — the 4-year anniversary edition!  If you are interested in hosting this special edition, please let us know, either through email or comments, as soon as possible!

The Giant’s Shoulders #47 is up at The Medical Heritage Library!

May 23, 2012

A week delayed, but worth the wait:  the 47th edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival is up at The Medical Heritage Library!  In this edition, you can read about:

  • the politics of Isaac Newton’s knighthood,
  • the gruesome history of eating corpses as medicine,
  • the story of  Lady Mary Montagu, who introduced smallpox innoculation to London,
  • the Great New York Starvation Challenge of 1881,
  • and much more!

A very hearty thanks to Hannah for assembling such a nice carnival!

Once again, we have run out of hosts for future editions of the carnival!  If you are willing to host a future edition (including and especially June), please let myself or ThonyC, the carnival organizers, know!  You can either send an email or leave a comment on this post.

The Giant’s Shoulders #46 is out!

April 23, 2012

Delayed a week due to technical issues, the long-awaited 46th edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival is up at Providentia!  It’s a doozy, featuring things such as:

  • How Jewish leaders reacted to Darwin’s theory of evolution,
  • An astronomer who prepared years to record an event but fainted as it was happening,
  • A medieval cookbook that shares recipes on things as exotic as unicorns,
  • Emile du Chatelet, a brilliant female mathematician, and much more!

Thanks to Romeo Vitelli for hosting an excellent carnival!

The next edition of The Giant’s Shoulders will be hosted by The Medical Heritage Library and entries are due by May 15.  Entries can be submitted directly to the host blog or through blogcarnival.com, as usual.

Giant’s Shoulders #46 delayed until Monday!

April 18, 2012

Due to some technical glitches, the 46th edition of The Giant’s Shoulders, to be hosted by Romeo Vitelli at Providentia, will be posted on Monday the 23rd of April instead of its usual time on the 16th of the month.  Anyone with any other history of science posts for the month that they want to see appear in the carnival, now’s the time to submit them!

The Giant’s Shoulders #45 is out!

March 17, 2012

The Giant’s Shoulders #45, the history of science blog carnival, is up at my home blog Skulls in the Stars!

In this carnival, we encounter:

  • murderous doctors,
  • body snatchers,
  • unspeakable eye treatments,
  • and Newton’s apple tree among other things!

The next carnival will be hosted by Romeo Vitelli over at Providentia!  For the moment, entries can be submitted via blogcarnival.com or directly to the host blog.  We may migrate away from using blogcarnival in the near future, so check this site for updates!

The Giant’s Shoulders #43 is out — People, places & things!

January 17, 2012

The 43rd edition of the history of science blog carnival The Giant’s Shoulders is out today over at  The Dispersal of Darwin!  Go there to read about the people, places and things of the history of science, including:

  • Victorian poet scientists
  • Legends of “cursed” glaciers
  • A pictorial history of the mysterious wolverine (the animal, not the X-Man!)

Many thanks to Michael Barton for putting together an excellent and intriguing edition of the carnival!

We’re still desperately looking for future hosts of the carnival for the next few months!  I’m hoping, now that the holidays are behind us, that people will step forward to volunteer to host.  Please drop us a comment if you’re interested and/or send an email to one of the carnival managers.

The Giant’s Shoulders #42 is out!

December 17, 2011

The 42nd edition of The Giant’s Shoulders, the history of science blog carnival, is up at PACHSmörgåsbord!  In it, you can see maps of the Moon that date back to the 17th century, how to write the square root of 2 in ancient Babylon, and a discussion of the “dancing fever”!  Thanks to Darin for once again putting together an excellent carnival!

The deadline for the next edition is January 15th, but we don’t have a host yet!  We desperately need hosts for all upcoming editions in 2012!  If you can help, please contact  Thony C at Renaissance Mathematicus or Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars, or leave a comment here.


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