That’s me Sascha the canine philosopher doing some fieldwork hunting down the best history of science posts from the last month for the Giants’ Shoulders carnival. They said I had bitten off more than I could chew that a dog couldn’t host a blog carnival but they didn’t reckon with my dogged determination to bite my way through, so here we go, the carnival is open.
Brian Switek at Laelaps has got some really nice bones in his Ancestor Worship post. Dave Bressan also lots of nice bones at the History of Geology but they’re usually turned to stone, this month he has lots of nice posts but I chose his post on Robert Hooke as a geologist and a nice story about an Ape who was probably a fake. Dr SkySkull at Skulls in the Stars also has a great post about a swindler who stole geology books and our trilogy of con men we have the author of a fake scientific pamphlet presented by Darin at PACHS, which provoked a response from Dr Becky at the Board of Longitude. Darin also tells us how earthquakes were explained in the 16th century. Paul another of the PACHS bloggers connects up Atomism and Dante’s Inferno. Romeo Vitelli presents one of our favourite books’ Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy at Providentia. You might think that as a dog I don’t know about books but I’ll have you know I’m a great library visitor and am well known in all the libraries here where I live. Staying in the Renaissance (and after all we are at The Renaissance Mathematicus!) John Ptak has a wonderful post about the machines of Augustino Ramelli. The Chirugeon’s Apprentice offers us lots of blood. Even more wonderful and mysterious is the Voynich Manuscript. Also one of our favourite subjects is the history of the telescope and John Ptak reminds us of an important anniversary. The very nice Jai at From the Hands of Quacks (she shares her flat with a dog you know so she must be nice) has a really interesting new Monday Series about Language and Deafness in the 17th century.
Moving into the 18th century BibliOdyssey has some great pictures of Buffon’s Beasts. The Girls at the Board of Longitude have some curious posts about 18th century curiosities. John Ptak takes us into the 19th century with a new episode in his history of holes. The 19th century is of course the century of Charlie Darwin and Butterflies and Wheels has interesting posts from Allen Esterson on Charlie here, here and here. 20th century history is presented by The Lay Scientist writing about Eugenics, John Ptak on neural pathways, Nathaniel at PACHS on Euphenics, Algeny, and Orthobiosis, Manjit Kumar at The Independent tells us all about Rutherford and Darwin’s favourite Bulldoggie tells us about Evolution for John Doe. Vintage Space offers us Not Exactly Rocket Science
As I’m a canine philosopher my carnival would not be complete without a couple of philosophical posts. Kele Cabel at his Science Blog tells us about William Paley whilst Paul at the Kindly Ones discusses Astrology from the point of view of Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend.
To close we have a video from Michael Barton (The Bulldoggie) about History of Science at Science On Line 2011 in which you can some of your favourite HoS bloggers in the flesh!
If you’re wondering what philosophy a canine has, I’m not a dogmatist but a cynic!
P.S. If you want to know what Thony C has being doing while I’ve been hard at work putting this carnival together for you then follow the Ich bin a Gastblogger links on this blog.
Now an important message from me to all you bloggers out there. Giants’ Shoulders needs new hosts so if you think that you’re better than a dog, and we all have our delusions, then prove it and host GS. The next edition #34 will be on 16th April 2011 and you can submit your contribution as usual at the Blog Carnivals Site.