Mathematician and sci-fi author Michael Flynn has put up a great multi-episode post on his blog The TOF Spot. The whole thing is titled The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown and up till now has six glorious parts (it is to be continued!). It covers the historical transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism centred around the life and time of our favourite villain Galileo Galilei. It is erudite, informative, on the whole historically accurate, beautifully illustrated, entertaining, highly amusing and totally irreverent. If you like the Renaissance Mathematicus style of history of science snark then you’ll love Mr Flynn’s treatment of the topic.
I urge all of my readers to pop on over and take your fill of the #histsci wit and wisdom of the OFloinn, as Mr Flynn coins himself.
Disclosure: I might just possibly be accused of bias in recommending the OFloinn’s majestic take on seventeenth century astronomy history as he references about a dozen of my deathless blog posts on various aspects of the subject and has this to say about The Renaissance Mathematicus, A treasure trove! Some items used above. However I can assure my readers that I’m totally immune to flattery (and Michael your check’s in the post).