Giants’ Shoulders #44: The Grand Bazaar Edition.

The last month has delivered up a bumper crop of history of science posts throughout the Internet and they are present here with no system and no order. This is the history of science Grand Bazaar. Just let your mouse cursor wander down the screen and click on a link and see which histsci morsel fate delivers for your delectation.

The BBC rediscovers Darwin’s lost fossils

Deborah Blum at Berfois offers us Dorothy L Sayers’ historical use of the Marsh test in her detective novels.

Jeff Suzuki serenades us with the history of mathematics in the form of a drinking song.

Tim Radford at The Guardian delivers a review with hindsight of James Watson’s The Double Helix.

The science bookseller John Ptak helps historians of physics with A Little Key to the Annalen der Physik Numbering System.

The Transit of Venus website takes us back to 1761 and the diaries of the expeditions on their way to observe the transit

James Proskett reviews the Natural History Museum’s Scott’s Last Expedition exhibition for The Guardian.

Vanessa Heggie investigates the history of the scientific benefits of the Olympic Games.

Toby Lester uncovers a Vitruvian Man earlier than Leonardo’s in the Smithsonian Magazine.

Romeo Vitelli at Providentia tells us all about the WW II Great Pigeon Project. Curious? Then go read. On Darwin Day he wrote about The Simian Connection.

The Transit of Venus blog asks, What did Horrocks really see?

Histsci soul brother Darin Hayton tells you everything you wanted to know about the astrolabe and were too afraid to ask at the PACHS blog. Darin is on a roll at the moment so while you are there look at all the other excellent posts he has put up in the last month.

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art has a great article on Savagery and Civilisation: Dutch Brasil in the Kunst and Wunderkammer.

Sciencegeist has a post on Alchemy and the Argonauts.

The Artful Amoeba at Scientific American blogs has a nice piece on Ernst Haeckel and his Radiolarians.

The father of Giants’ Shoulders Dr SkySkull tells us about Faraday’s encounter with the politics of science at his Skulls in the Stars blog. He also introduces us to Arago the most interesting physicist in the world.

Robin McKie discusses the Piltdown Man hoax on its hundredth anniversary in The Guardian.

Kathleen The History Student has a nice article on Geology and Artic Exploration in Cambridge.

John D Cook at The Endeavour asks if Stigler’s Law applies to the Avogadro Number?

BibliOdyssey has some beautiful map ornamentation to ease your eyes after all that reading. He also has some wonderful fish in Beechey’s Voyage. Are you shocked by naked turtles? Sprague’s Natural History.

Alberto Vanzo writes about Physics: from experimental philosophy to experimental science at the Early Modern Experimental Philosophy blog.

At The Inverse Square Blog Thomas Levenson has some thoughts about The Use of the Past: Science/Science Writing Talk. Which is echoed by Eric Johnson at Scientific American blogs.

The BSHS Travel Guide offers a tour of Ben Franklin in Philadelphia and introduces us to David Rittenhouse. They also take us to the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna.

The Royal Society Blog has an intriguing piece entitled In the library with a lead pipe!

Brainpickings shows us some of the Library of Congress’ astronomy books in Ordering the Heavens.

The Albino Aussie AnthropoidTM John S. Wilkins speculates on The Shandyan Dilemma.

A brief note from American Science on ‘eating’ US history!

The Neuro Times has a review of Toby Appel’s Shaping Biology.

Sarah Hunter-Lascoskie has a nice biography of Orlando Battista at The Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Histsci soul sister Rebekah “Becky” Higgitt is also on a roll and has a whole bunch of really excellent post starting with Objects and Storytelling and ending with Mr Punch does Transits. Go read them all its more than worth it.

Evolution News has collected a debate on whether Alfred Wallace was a supporter of Intelligent design or not.

Alastair Kwan’s Observing Observatories is reviewed at Dissertation Reviews as is Lydia Barnett’s The Living Rock.

Krulwich Wonders introduces us to The Pirate Botanist William Dampier and to The First Woman to go Round the World.

Andrea at Tyco’s Island discusses Bronowski’s The Disestablishment of Science.

William Grassie has an article at The Huffington Post entitled Big History: Engaging the New Narrative of Science.

At LabLit Ian Brooks reviews Holly Tucker’s Blood Works

At the History of Geology blog David Bressan introduces us to Roy Chapman Andrews and the Kingdom of the Cretaceous Skulls.

A discussion on The Scientific Method at the BBC’s excellent In Our Times.

Emily Finke at This View of Life has an interesting post entitled Widening Inclusion by Including the Details.

Jules Evans at the History of Emotions blog asks Natural History Museum: temple to science, God… or both?

Lisa Moab at the HMS Beagle Project blog offers us Charles Darwin and the… Shrewsbury Sermons?

We can view a cartoon history of evolution at Why Evolution is True.

A nice post on instrument maker John Bird at the Longitude Board Project blog.

The curious case of the ‘Curie complex’ and gender bias in science can be found at The Daily Maverick.

Trevor Owens discusses the Einstein monument.

Will Thomas at Ether Wave Projection looks at the anthropological approach to science.

Brady Haran at The Guardian looks at The Ghost of the Isaac Newton Telescope.

Faye Flam at The Planet of the Apes defends Lamarck.

Alexi Baker tries to Make Sense of Absence at the Board of Longitude Project blog.

At Mother Jones Dashka Slater introduces us to The Frog of War.

Grrl Scientist reviews The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction at The Guardian.

Michael Robinson discusses the Anthropology of Expeditions at Time to Eat the Dogs.

Alasdair Wilkins at io9 looks at The Crazy Life and Crazier Death of Tycho Brahe.

Who’s Afraid of History of Science? asks Michael Meyer at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

At the Board of Longitude Project blog Rebekah Higgit is Preparing for the Transit.

Steffen Ducheyne explicates Newton’s philosophical methodology at Early Modern Experimental Philosophy.

Tom Webb offers Zoology Exams 1860s Style at Nature blogs

John Ptak presents us with 19th century British science in a cartoon.

David Bressan at History of Geology introduced Darwin the Geologist.

Why Evolution is True accuses the Huffington Post of quote mining.

Galileo’s Pendulum wishes Darwin Happy Birthday. So does Natural Selections.

Bananas, Baobab and the germ of an idea are on offer at the HMS Beagle Project blog.

Corrine Burns at The Guardian entertains us with Valentine’s Day and the shocking science of romance.

A very special thanks goes to Darwin’s Bull Doggie Michael Barton without whom this carnival would only be half as spectacular.

Giants’ Shoulders #45 will be hosted by Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars on 16th March 2012. Submission should be made by 15th March either to the blog carnivals website or direct to the host.

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  3. Rebekah Higgitt

    Well! That should keep me going! (and thanks for the teleskopos and Longitude Blog links :-) )

  4. Be great if an app could take a post like this and convert it and the linked pages to an epub…

  5. Thanks for the plug, Thony. Now I need to get reading your list!

  6. Wow, what a wonderful collection… How shall I find the time…. I guess I start at the beginning…

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