Has The Renaissance Mathematicus gone over to the dark side?

As the ultimate anti-establishment, indie rock band, The Grateful Dead, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, lead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, commented something along the lines of, it’s like the neighbourhood whore, if she stands on the corner long enough then eventually she becomes part of the establishment. And so it has came to pass than your friendly neighbourhood indie, anti-establishment, arse kicking, history of science blogger, The Renaissance Mathematicus, got asked, no, not asked, invited to submit an article to the latest edition[1] of the British Society for the History of Science online journal Viewpoints! He, being the publicity whore that he is, putting aside all thoughts of tarnishing his brand or weakening his reputation accepted with alacrity. And so it is that you, dear readers, can peruse his words of wisdom in the latest edition of that honourable establishment publication. For those that brave of vicissitudes of this dubious blog at regular intervals there is nothing in the latest outpourings of the #histsci hooligan that will be new to you but there are, with certainty, many other good and worthy things to read in this excellent journal, so why don’t you just stroll on over and indulge in some first class history of science story telling.

[1] When I originally wrote this post it was the latest edition of Viewpoint but I couldn’t find a link so I never posted this. Now that I have found a link it’s still the latest issue but no longer dew fresh.



Filed under Autobiographical, History of science, Myths of Science

4 responses to “Has The Renaissance Mathematicus gone over to the dark side?

  1. Nice article. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to be read by people who are the least likely to believe those myths. Meanwhile, just this week a link to an article on my blog about Giordano Bruno was posted to the Reddit /r/atheism group under the banner “Apologetics Blog”. This is the same blog that has the following sentences at the top of every page:

    “This blog is for articles, book reviews and critiques relating to “New Atheist Bad History” – the misuse of history and the use of biased, erroneous or distorted pseudo history by anti-theistic atheists. The author is an atheist himself so no, this is not some theist apologetics blog. It is simply an attempt to call out and correct the misuse of history, because rationalists should not base their arguments on errors and distortions.”

    You can’t win with these idiots.

    • I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been called an apologist, particularly when writing something positive about one or other Jesuit scientist. As you say, quite correctly, you can’t win with these idiots, but I seem to enjoy banging my head against brick walls.

  2. Mike from Ottawa

    Background music for this post: The Clash: ‘Death or Glory’. 🙂

  3. jrkrideau

    Perhaps we could start a new myth: Galileo after his condemnation by the Church secretly emigrated to Spain where he taught Columbus that the earth was round and provided him with a treasured telescope that Galileo had smuggled out of the Vatican for Columbus to use on the historic voyage.

    I have yet to figure out how to get Bacon included ( either Francis or Roger will do) but clearly one of them helped Columbus calculate the circumference of the world.

    Perhaps Bacon could supply some romantic interest with Queen Isabella at the same time?

    I realize the plot is a bit rough but with a bit of work it might go viral.

    Good article by the way. I have it bookmarked for future use.

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