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Counterfeiter William Chaloner, Busted by Sir Isaac Newton

William Chaloner made a fortune forging coins and paper money, but met his match in the greatest mind of the age. The original article I wrote can be found… 926 more words

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Treasures in the Archives

Have you ever tried to clean out an attic, closet, or storage bin and gotten so sidetracked by all that you found—the old correspondence, photos, and other memorabilia—that you lost track of time? 1,714 more words

Natural History

Medical and Science Research with a Cultural Twist: Now Searchable

The University of Bristol announced today that it partnered up with the London-based Wellcome Library on a digitization project covering nineteenth-century medical books and pamphlets. Bristol is now one of nine UK universities that opened up its own archives, special collections, and library holdings to assist in building what’s being dubbed as the “UK Medical Heritage Library.” When complete (sometime in 2020), over 50-million pages of

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BOOK: Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, eds., Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 368pp.

Victorian Scientific Naturalism examines the secular creeds of the generation of intellectuals who, in the wake of…

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BOOK: America's Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture

Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Fisher, eds., America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U. S. Literary Culture (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2014), 401pp.

While much has been written about the impact of Darwin’s theories on U.S.

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BOOK: A Garden of Marvels

Readers of this blog might find this new book of interest, as chapters 25 and 28 (they’re short chapters!) look at Darwin’s “botanophilia,” specifically his studies of orchids and plant reproduction, climbing plants, and carnivorous plants. 259 more words

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The path to delusion

In this excellent interview, eminent physicist George F. R. Ellis discusses the ill-advised direction in which some scientists are going:

Horgan: Physicist Sean Carroll has argued that falsifiability is overrated as a criterion for judging whether theories should be taken seriously.

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