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reading the alchemy of air

Mass agriculture spurred both population growth and the fear that said growth would one day outpace food production. Carthaginian theologist Tertullian fretted about overpopulation in the 2nd century (he also believed humans could have sex with supernatural beings…so grain of salt), and Thomas Malthus described the mathematical inevitability of the agricultural gravy train derailing (“ 1,652 more words


The Glorious Journey of Gorgeous George

Since 2000, Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex has been the Field Museum of Natural History’s star attraction. However, Sue is not the first dinosaur to grace the Stanley Field Hall, or even the first tyrannosaur. 1,240 more words


Meet the Naturalist: Roy Chapman Andrews

In honor of Roy Chapman Andrews’ birthday (he was born today in 1884), I thought I’d introduce this interesting naturalist. Andrews spent his career traveling the world and collecting fossils for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). 667 more words

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Interpreting the History of Nuclear Technology at Public History Sites

In his 2012 publication, How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America, UC Irvine history professor Jon Wiener visited Cold War-related historical sites throughout the United States, analyzing the ways this history is interpreted within a public history setting. 511 more words


The Myth of the Scientific Method

James B. Conan remarks in his book Science and Common Sense, “[t]here is no such thing as the scientific method. If there were, surely an examination of the history of physics, chemistry and biology would reveal it.” 943 more words

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RIP Tony Broad - creator of Nobel-prizewinning X-ray tube

I’ve just been told by the writer Henry Nicholls, who interviewed him in 2009, that the engineer Tony Broad died last week at the age of 93. 376 more words


In which I recommend some bedtime reading

Some time back the Pop Science Guy invited me to write a ‘10 Great History of Science Books’ list for his blog, to which I readily agreed. 154 more words

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