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History Of Science
The history of science is the study of the historical development of science and scientific knowledge, including both the natural sciences and social sciences.
“ Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening. Instead, I ask, After evolution was discovered, how did religion and society respond? After cities were electrified, how did daily life change? After the airplane could fly from one country to another, how did commerce or warfa ...more ”
“ But Mr. Davy would not become a doctor, for a copy of Lavoisier's Elements of Chemistry fell into his hands. Soon enough, Davy was discharged from Dr. Borlase's service because of his habit of performing explosive experiments. ”
Discussion about the fascinating stories of our scientific and medical past
[close] Discussion about the fascinating stories of our scientific and medical past
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A choose-your-own adventure. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is one of those books tha…more
[close] A choose-your-own adventure. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is one of those books that has truly changed the world, but it's just so darn hard to get through. History and context really help, so we're going to read the Origin slowly, while also choosing from a menu of tasty books covering evolutionary ideas before, during and after Darwin's time.
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[close] This is a repository for a conversation around texts between mdP and pi. We will see how we got from not reproducible research to today's drive toward reproducible research (on which pi is the resident expert). Along they way hopefully we'll learn a few things about science, statistics, knowledge and what it means to live. But that all is for another day.
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