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The Giants’ Shoulders History of Science Blog Carnival Needs You!

July 5, 2013

Giants’ Shoulders #61 is being hosted by a bastion of the history of science the Wellcome Library on their blog. Do not miss this unique opportunity to be featured by one of the big players in the world of #histsci and get those nominations for the blog carnival in by the 15th of July at the latest. You can submit them either direct to the host or to me here at the Renaissance Mathematicus.

For a blog carnival to flourish one needs two things, submitted posts to be included in the carnival and blog owners who are willing to host it. If you would like to join the illustrious list of those who have hosted Giants’ Shoulders the greatest history of science* blog carnival this side of Alpha Centauri then please contact me here at the Renaissance Mathematicus or on twitter (@rmathematicus)

*For the purposes of Giants’ Shoulders history of science also includes the histories of medicine and technology.


A Bumper Crop: Giants’ Shoulders #59

May 16, 2013

After a long and, at times, bitter winter spring has finally sprung in the northern hemisphere. Everywhere plants, trees and bushes are exploding into bloom and the birds and the bees are doing their fertility dances in the sparkling sunshine.

The last month has also produced a bumper crop of history of science, technology and medicine goodies that ane pixestos has harvested for you and presented in appetising form on her Something by Virtue of Nothing blog. The Whitsuntide holiday is coming up so settle back click on a link and enjoy the best in STEM history that the Internet has to offer in the Giants’ Shoulders #59 blog carnival.

Next month Giants’ Shoulders completes five years of collecting and presenting the best of Internet STEM history bloggage for your delectation. To celebrate I shall be hosting Giants’ Shoulders #60 here at The Renaissance Mathematicus on 16 June 2013. Submission should be made to me here at RM or to @rmathematicus on Twitter by 15 June at the latest.

If you would like to help Giants’ Shoulders to continue into a sixth year of existence we need, as always, willing blog owners to act as hosts. If you would like to host a future edition of the greatest STEM history blog carnival this side of Alpha Centauri then contact me as above.

Giant’s Shoulders #58

April 17, 2013

The good folks at Asylum Science, Mike Finn (@theselflessmeme) and Jen Wallis, have put together a truly excellent selection of the month’s best history of science, technology and medicine bloggage for the fifty-eighth edition of the Giants’ Shoulders blog carnival. So why don’t you go on over and read your fill?

Next month’s history of science, technology and medicine post will be collected for Giant’s Shoulders #59 by Kata Pushin on her Something by Virtue of Nothing blog on 16th May 2013. So submit those world-changing posts by 15th May at the latest either directly to the host or to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or to Dr SkySkull at Skull in the Stars.

As always Giant’s Shoulders is on the lookout for bloggers eager to host the world’s one and only history of science blog carnival so if you think you are up to the job then please contact me here. Let’s see if we can fill 2013!



Giants’ Shoulders #56 The Giant Edition

February 18, 2013

Michael Barton (@darwinsbulldog) has posted a positively gigantic edition of Giants’ Shoulders the history of science blog carnival on his blog The Dispersal of Darwin. It contains enough good bloggage to keep you reading until the next Giants’ Shoulders appears in a month’s time.

Giants’ Shoulders #57 will be hosted by Alison Boyle (@ali_boyle) on the Science Museum Blog on 16th March. Submission should as always be made direct to the host or to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or to Dr SkySkull at Skull in the Stars by 15th March at the latest.

We have a host for April but after that Giants’ Shoulders will again be an orphan searching for a kindly host on a friendly blog. If you can offer the best history of science blog carnival a home for a month then please contact me here.


February 5, 2013

Giants’ Shoulders #56 the history of science blog carnival is being hosted by Michael Barton @darwinsbulldog at The Dispersal of Darwin on 16th February. Submit your favourite #histsci, #histtech & #histmed post to the host or @drskyskull or to me here at RM by the 15th February.

As always Giants’ Shoulders needs new hosts. If you have a blog and want to host the best history of science blog carnival since the beginning of time then contact me here at RM.

I’m stepping out of my self-imposed boundaries on March 9th and am hosting Carnivalesque the interdisciplinary blog carnival dedicated to pre-modern history (to c. 1800 C.E.) here at The Renaissance Mathematicus. If you have an interesting history post for Carnivalesque then you can submit it here.

Curiosities, Utilities and Authority – Giants’ Shoulders #55

January 17, 2013

The 55th edition of the history of science blog carnival Giants’ Shoulders, “Curiosities, Utilities and Authority”, has been posted by this month’s host Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) at The Sloanes Letters Blog. So mosey on over and read Lisa’s selection of the last month’s best history of science, history of medicine and history of technology bloggage. It’s really worth your while.

Next month’s Giants’ Shoulders #56 will be hosted by Michael Barton (@darwinsbulldog) at his The Dispersal of Darwin blog on 16 February. Submissions as usual either direct to the host or to me here at RM by 15 February.

As always Giants’ Shoulders NEEDS YOU! If you would like the honour of hosting a future edition of the universe’s numero uno history of science blog carnival then please contact me here at RM.

Giants Shoulders #55: Three Days Left!

January 12, 2013

You have just three days to submit those #histsci, #histmed and #histtech blog posts to the history of science blog carnival Giants Shoulders’ #55 which will be hosted by Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) at The Sloane Letters Blog on 16th January.

You can make your submission either directly to the host or to me here at the Renaissance Mathematicus.

Giants Shoulders’, as always needs future hosts. If you desire to host the world’s one and only history of science blog carnival then contact me here.

The Curious Edition of Giants’ Shoulders

November 17, 2012

Need some #histsci reading matter? Then pop on over to The Scicurios Brain at Scientific American Blogs where the one and only Scicurious has put together the 53rd edition of Giants’ Shoulders the history of science blog carnival.

The 54th edition will be hosted by Michelle Ziegler at her Contagions blog on 16th December 2012. Submissions as always by the 15th of the month either direct to the host, to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or to Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars.

Also, as always, Giants’ Shoulders is looking for new hosts beginning in February 2013. If you would like to host the best history of science blog in cyberspace then get in touch with me here. I look forward to hearing from you.

The Giants’ Shoulders turns fifty.

August 16, 2012

History of aural medicine blogger Jai Virdi has put together the fiftieth edition of the history of science blog carnival The Giants’ Shoulders and a real humdinger it is too. If you want to read the very best in #histsci #histmed and #histtech bloggage from the last month then hurry on over to Jai’s blog From the Hands of Quacks and get stuck in but take plenty of time with you because she created a cornucopia of history of science goodness.

The Giants’ Shoulders #51 will be hosted by historian of geology David Bressan at his History of Geology blog at Scientific American Blogs on the 16th September 2012. Submissions either direct to the host or to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or to Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars by the 15th of September at the latest.

The future of The Giants’ Shoulders is secured for the rest of this year and into the next with Richard Carter hosting at his Friends of Darwin blog in October, Scicurious hosting at her blog at Scientific American in November, Michelle Ziegler hosting at Contagions in December and Lisa Smith The History Beagle bringing in the New Year in January. However if it is to continue The Giants’ Shoulders will need new hosts in the months that follow so if you blog about the history of science or technology or medicine or have a blog and are just interested in these fields you too could host a carnival. If you are willing and able then please contact me, Thony C, here at The Renaissance Mathematicus and let see if we can fill the other half-century!

Standing on the Shoulders of Bloggers: Carnival frustration searing my soul.

July 15, 2012

In the last few days I have had a few tweets inquiring about the present and future of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants the history of science blog carnival; what follows are some thoughts on the health (or better lack there of) and the future direction of the Internet’s only monthly round up of histsci goodness.

In June Giant’s Shoulders celebrated four completed years of existence but despite reaching this milestone your favourite histsci carnival is hanging in the ropes and is dangerously close to a KO. To exist a blog carnival needs three things. Blog posts to be collected, denizens of the Internet who read, find worthy and submit or nominate those posts and bloggers prepared to write up, present and host the carnival once a month.

As recent editions of Giants’ Shoulders have, I think, demonstrated there is no shortage of good histsci bloggage out there waiting to be read. However, what is probably not so obvious to the carnival readers, the other two requirements have become increasingly difficult to fulfil. Since at least a years and probably longer between about 90% and 95% of all the posts featured in the monthly roundup have been submitted by yours truly. Now I’m a confessed histsci obsessive and enjoy trawling the Internet looking for interesting posts to fulfil my own eclectic appetite for histsci information however if I’m almost the only person nominating posts for the carnival then I have to ask if anybody else is really interested in maintaining it. What should be more obvious are the extreme problems that we have had finding bloggers every month to host the whole show. Desperate series of tweets from myself and Dr SkySkull each month pleading and begging with the histsci community for somebody to come forward and take over the chore for the next month, which often ends with one of the small handful of faithfuls taking it on for the third, fourth or whatever time.

As should be obvious from the title of this post I am anything but happy with this situation and have been brooding about it for sometime, finally deciding to go public with my frustration with this post. What alternatives do I see? I could of course just pretend that everything is OK and carry on as before. The fact that you are reading this means that I have not chosen this course of non-action. Alternatively I could just give up on the whole thing, stop worrying and let other people decide if they want to take up the baton and try to rejuvenate Giants’ Shoulders. I must admit that in the last couple of months that has seemed the most attractive proposition and it is a course that I might yet choose. A third possibility is to ask the Internet community if they still want a history of science blog carnival and if they are prepared to become more actively involved in keeping it alive. This is basically what this post is about. If you read it and if you have an opinion about Giants’ Shoulders then please comment, make suggestions, make offers, or simply react in someway. Dr SkySkull suggested this morning making Giants’ Shoulders bi-monthly to reduce the stress of finding hosts. I personally don’t think that is the solution, maybe you do?

I haven’t given up yet but I do have to admit that at the moment I’m very close to doing so. I shall host Giants’ Shoulders #49 here at The Renaissance Mathematicus tomorrow to maintain the continuity. Jai Vidri, who has apparently successfully conquered the doctoral thesis summit and is returning to histsci blogging will host Giants’ Shoulders #50 at her blog From the Hands of Quacks on 16th August. What happens after that will be determined by your reactions to this post!

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