My #histSTM Internet family

I came late to computers, no teenage Commodores or Ataris for me, which is slightly ironic as I was well versed in the history of computing and computers long before I owned one. I first launched myself into the murky waters of the Internet about twelve years ago. It was not long before I discovered that there were people on the Internet, who shared my love and fascination for the history and philosophy of mathematics and science. Almost exactly nine years ago I then launched this blog, see the blogiversary post next week, and officially joined the #histSTM Internet community. Over the years I have tried to hold to writing at least one substantive blog post a week, as a matter of self-imposed writing discipline. This is with the background thought that if I skip a week then I’ll probably skip two and finally, because of lack of inertia, grind to a halt. Knowing that I have a couple of loyal and regular readers I imagine that some of them might even have expectations and not wishing to disappoint them, when I know for some reason that I can’t post in the coming week or weeks, I usually announce the fact.

This was the case last week, as at very short notice I was ordered back into hospital for a second operation. The response to that short announcement on Twitter and Facebook was both mind-blowing and humbling. Over the years I have become an integral part of the large Internet #histSTM community and that community rose up to the occasion with friendliness and warmth on an extremely high level. Their kind words and well-wishes sustained and supported me through the hours and days in my hospital bed and left me feeling good despite everything.

I can’t really express in words the gratitude that I feel towards all the historians, philosophers, curators, scientists and just plain good people, who sent me their positive thoughts and wishes at this low point in my life. I’ll just say from the bottom of my heart that you are all wonderful and I love every single one of you. Thank you!

 

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6 responses to “My #histSTM Internet family

  1. three eyed goddess

    and those of us who appreciate your hard work to bring light to this benighted world, love you

    On Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 8:53 AM, The Renaissance Mathematicus wrote:

    > thonyc posted: “I came late to computers, no teenage Commodores or Ataris > for me, which is slightly ironic as I was well versed in the history of > computing and computers long before I owned one. I first launched myself > into the murky waters of the Internet about twelve y” >

  2. Tom McLeish

    Thony, you are not just a ‘member of the #scihist community. You are an institution in your own right

  3. Thony, wishing you a speedy recovery. I greatly appreciate all of your insightful blogposts, tweets, and suggestions over the years. Cheers, Paul

  4. Aw, ya big lug–of course! May your convalescence be swift, with the wind always at your back, your astrolabe always true.

  5. Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis

    I was just enjoying the list of your ten best EUH history of science books and agree with some of your choices, though I have not read some of them. I wish we’d do more of this kind of blogging–Nathan Comfort and a team of fellow historians of genetics once generated the decathlon for places to visit. Still working my way through actually visiting them (facebook photo is of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Museum in Warsaw, Poland). Thanks for the blogs and especially the beautiful facebook updates and all my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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