On the 11th of June one year ago The Renaissance Mathematicus dipped his paw, for the first time, into the gaping depths of cyberspace. If somebody had told me even 15 months ago that I would be capable of keeping a blog for the history of science, or for anything else for that matter, going for a year I would have seriously questioned their sanity. I have done many and varied things in my life but one thing I have definitively never done is to write. I don’t write, I can’t write, I have never written and I truly believed that I would never write. How wrong can you get? I who take a pride in truth and correctness have been proved totally wrong in my most deeply held belief about myself, namely that I am fundamentally incapable of writing. One year of The Renaissance Mathematicus and almost 150 posts have shown this belief to have been an illusion, apparently I can write! What is more I have no worries about the future, The Renaissance Mathematicus has no shortage of thoughts, ideas and stimuli for the future. I see The Renaissance Mathematicus padding on into the future bright eyed and tail wagging.
We now move over to our piss poor parody of an Oscar acceptance speech. All of this would not have succeeded if I had not had the warm and generous support of a whole host of real scientists, genuine historians, authentic authors, a bona fide lawyer and an honest to goodness philosopher. The Renaissance Mathematician would like to distribute, in no particular order,dog treats to, Will at Ether Wave Propaganda, Darin at PACHS, John at Farrell Media, John at Thoughts in a Haystack, John at a simple prop, Thom at The Inverse Square Blog, Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars, Michael at Time to Eat the Dogs and Michael at The Dispersal of Darwin all of whom gave us strength to keep posting.
Anyone who regularly reads the meanderings that find their way onto this website will have realised that one name is very obvious missing from the list above, The Albino Aussie AnthropoidTM. If you think the blog is worth reading or if you think it should be instantly obliterated the person to thank or blame is John Wilkins author of Evolving Thoughts because without his prodding and his undeserved encouragement and praise this blog would never have come into existence. The Renaissance Mathematics owes him everything and would like to thank him with an extra portion of treats and a large bone.
And of course we wont forget to thank our readers(s)!
That’s enough sentimental crap for this year, normal service will be resumed with the next post.