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!