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"Galton must fall" campaign at University College London: Should his name be erased because he advocated eugenics?

When I visited London, I’d spend a lot of time at University College London’s (UCL’s) Galton Laboratory, which housed genetics and evolutionary biology as well as my good friend and host Steve Jones. 1,349 more words

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Conrad Gesner Day 2017

Anyone who pokes around long enough here at the Renaissance Mathematicus will realise that I have a fondness for polymaths. It is in fact interesting how many of the leading researcher in history were in fact polymaths. 328 more words

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CarnotCycle reaches 100 thousand visits

CarnotCycle would like to say thank you to everyone who has visited this blog since its inception in August 2012.

Thermodynamics may be a niche topic on WordPress, but it’s a powerful subject with global appeal. 76 more words


Not German but also not Polish

I recently wrote a post concerning the problems historians can and do face assigning a nationality to figures from the past that they are studying. In the history of science one of the most contentious figures in this sense was and apparently still is the Renaissance astronomer Nicolas Copernicus. 306 more words

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Let there be light – part one: in days of yore

The nature of light has always intrigued thinkers from all eras. Empedocles (495 BCE – 430 BCE), an Ancient Greek philosopher from the fifth century BCE, claimed the eye, as everything else in the universe, was made from a combination of the four elements – earth, water, air and fire. 432 more words


Science of the Ancients: How Our Distant Predecessors Laid The Groundwork for Our Success

Science is all about observation and contemplation.

When you make an observation that the days of the year are becoming shorter as fall turns to winter and think to yourself,  1,632 more words


William Preece on messenger boys vs telephones: worst technological prediction of all time?

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
William Preece

Today (15 February) marks the birthday of one…

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