Giants’ Shoulders #67 under early modern medical care.

January 16, 2014 by

The #histsci, #histmed and #histtech blog carnival, Giants’ Shoulder #67, is residing at Early Modern Medicine and is very obviously thriving under the medical attention of Dr Jen (@historianjen). Despite the production of suitable blog post being in the doldrums during the holiday period a large crop of history of science reading matter has come together for your delectation. So wander on over and discover why Newton published so little, why people are fascinated by images of women with scientific instruments, how to cure the ‘Kink’, or all about Einstein’s interest in folklore, to name just a few of the fascinating topics to be found there.

Next months history of all things scientific blog carnival, Giants’ Shoulders #68, is going on a long journey following in the wake of Vasco da Gama all the way to the sub continent of India where it will be hosted by Fade Singh (@fadesingh) on his Compass Wallah blog on 16th February 2014. As always submission can be made either directly to the host or to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or on both of us on Twitter (@rmathematicus) by 15th February 2014 at the latest.


Giants’ Shoulders #67 is approaching the runway.

January 8, 2014 by

OK all you history of STEM freaks the Twelve Days of Christmas are finally over, the goose has been well and truly cooked and devoured, the fireworks have been shot and the bubbly slurped, and the Christmas tree had been undecorated and dumped on the compost heap. It is now time to get off those overfed arses and write those first killer history of science, technology or medicine blog posts for 2014 and submit them to Giants’ Shoulders #67 the history of science blog carnival, the all year round festival.

You can make those submissions directly to your January host, Jen Evens (@HistorianJen), at Early Modern Medicine using the Guest Bloggers form or on Twitter or to me here at The Renaissance Mathematicus or on Twitter (@rmathematicus) up to the 15th of January.  So get those flabby writing muscles in gear and let’s make it a good start to the history of science year.

Giants’ Shoulders #65 The Wallace Edition

November 17, 2013 by

Giants’ Shoulders #65 The Wallace Edition has been posted at the Renaissance Mathematicus. A cornucopia of history of science, technology and medicine goodies for your delectation.

The case of the missing GS host: – Too stupid to operate a computer.

November 12, 2013 by

Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been rather silent this month concerning the next edition of Giants’ Shoulders the history of science blog carnival. The explanation is quite simple I’ve managed to mislay my host.  It would appear that I inadvertently erased the file on my computer containing the information on the future hosts for GS. Naturally, although I’m usually fairly good at backing up things on my computer, I don’t have a back up for this file. Now all of this wouldn’t be so tragic if it wasn’t for the fact that the next host is a new one who I don’t know from Adam and so I have no idea how to contact him. I had been hoping that he would contact me saying something like, “Oi, wot m’ I sposed t’ do with this ‘ere carnival?” However this has unfortunately not been the case. I did try to convince Sascha to host it, he’s done one before; but he just gave me a look that said, you screwed up, you can carry the can! So I shall be hosting the next edition of GS, the 65th if you’re counting, here at RM on Saturday 16th November. This means that you have just three more days to nominate those killer history of science, medicine or technology blog posts, if you wish them to be included. Just send them to me here or on Twitter, @rmathematicus.

Giants’ Shoulders #64: The Lexicon Edition

October 17, 2013 by

Over on his Providentia Blog Romeo Vitelli (@rvitelli) has invited arch-lexicographer Noah Webster to co-host this months edition of Giants’ Shoulders the history of science blog carnival. Together they have created a fascinating science [systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied], medicine [the science and art of diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing disease, relieving pain, and improving and preserving health] and technology [science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful toolshistory [a story or tale of what has happened or may have happened in the pastdictionary [an online or printed resource that lists words in alphabetical order, listing the meaning, pronunciation and part of speech for the word].

So if you want to improve your vocabulary whilst devouring the best history of science bloggage of the last month then click on the link and immerse yourself in The Webster-Vitelli History of Science Blog Dictionary“Giants’ Shoulders #64: The Lexicon Edition”.



It’s Giants’ Shoulders Deadline Time Again.

October 14, 2013 by

You have just two days to submit those #histsci, #histtech and #histmed post to the world’s numero uno history of science blog carnival Giants’ Shoulders #64, which will be hosted by Romeo Vitelli (@rvitelli) at his Providentia blog on 16th October 2013. Submission to Romeo or myself either on Twitter or here at RM.

We are sailing: Giants’ Shoulders #63: Live from Deptford

September 17, 2013 by

September’s guest host astronomer, mathematician, geophysicist, meteorologist, cartographer, hydrographer, and Captain to Sea Edmond Halley has put together the history of science blog carnival Giants’ Shoulders #63: Live from Deptford before setting out on his second voyage on the Paramore and a superb ship’s cargo of first class #histsci, #histmed and #histtech it is too. Actually I suspect that the good captain sat in a tavern ashore with his drinking cronies enjoying a mug of grog whilst his first mate Kate Morant (@KateMorant) did all the work.

If you want to read the very best of #histsci bloggage from the last month served up in fine style them cruise on over in your dingy and get your fill; landlubbers are as welcome as old seadogs.

The next history of science blog carnival, Giants’ Shoulders #64, will be hosted by our old friend Romeo Vitelli (@rvitelli) on his Providentia blog on 16th October 2013. Submissions as ever either direct to the host or to me here at RM by the 15th of the month.

After Giants’ Shoulders is before Giants’ Shoulders

August 29, 2013 by

It’s now almost two weeks since the HPS Glonk delivered up a brilliant Giants’ Shoulders #62: Alpha Papa history of science blog carnival for your summer reading delectation and just in case you haven’t already you really should take a perusal. However this means we only have a little bit more than two weeks before Giants’ Shoulders #63 heaves to over the horizon.

We have a very special guest host to take the helm for our next trip on the best history of science blog carnival to set sail on the seven seas mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, best friend of Isaac Newton and most hated enemy of John Flamsteed Captain to Sea Edmond Halley.

Edmond Halley Thomas Murray
Edmond Halley
Thomas Murray

Giants’ Shoulders #63 will set sail from Halley’s Log on 16 September 2013 with Captain Halley at the helm ably assisted by his First Mate Kate Morant (@KateMorant). If you wish for your best history of science, medicine or technology blog posts to be on board then they should be ready for loading on the dock by 15September at the latest. Shipping agents are myself here at RM and Kate Morant at Halley’s Log.

Giants’ Shoulders goes to the library

July 17, 2013 by

The silent and insidious campaign by Giants’ Shoulders, the history of science blog carnival, to conquer the bastions of (the history of) science has scored another victory. Having, in the past, successfully breached the defences of Scientific American (twice) and the Science Museum we have now stormed the Wellcome Library.

“The Giants’ Shoulders #61: to iCHSTM and beyond” is now up at the Wellcome Library Blog and it’s a real humdinger.  Go on over and catch up on the very best of the last months history of science, medicine and technology, ideal stuff for early summer reading.

For the second half of the summer Giants’ Shoulders #62 will be hosted by Leeds University’s very own Dominic Berry (@HPSGlonk) on his A Glonk’s HPS Blog on 16th August 2013. Submissions should, as always, be made either directly to the host or to me here at the Renaissance Mathematicus by 15th August at the latest.

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

July 5, 2013 by

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.

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