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Myth vs. History

In a recent NY Times opinion piece Hallie Lieberman laments the persistence, prevalence, and perniciousness of a particular historical myth, i.e., the story of the invention of the vibrator as told in The Technology of Orgasm. The standard story is, according...
From: Darin Hayton on 26 Jan 2020

Astrolabes & Navigation (redux, again)

A friend recently visited Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum and came across the reference to the astrolabe in Muslim culture. Thinking of me, she snapped a photo and sent it to me: “The Science of Navigation” panel inaccurately claims...
From: Darin Hayton on 23 Jul 2019

Flat Earth Belief ≠ Neo-Medievalism

Paula Simons has no patience for people who believe that the earth is flat, and she is particularly upset, it seems, that Edmonton is hosting the first Flat Earth International Conference: “No Getting Around the Absurdity of Edmonton’s Flat...
From: Darin Hayton on 4 Mar 2018

Who was Englishman John Digges?

No, really, who was John Digges? Apparently he witnessed the supernova in 1572 and helped “shred” the “hidebound view of the universe” that was the Ptolemaic system. He is implicated in the “skepticism about Bible-infused...
From: Darin Hayton on 28 Feb 2018

Chauncey Who?

Chauncey E. Sanders is anything but a common household name. However for many Evangelicals Sanders is rather well known for having established three tests that demonstrate the “historical reliability” of the Bible.[1] Sermons, religious websites,...
From: Darin Hayton on 13 Dec 2017

Newton Relics

In an editorial taking Kyrie Irving to task for his comments about the shape of the earth, “Between Kyrie Irving’s flat Earth and Isaac Newton’s apple tree, science remains a process of understanding,” Glenn Starkman and Patricia...
From: Darin Hayton on 14 Mar 2017

Disciplinary Histories from Within

There are further disadvantages to disciplinary history of the humanities (again, ones all too familiar to historians of science). Disciplinary history written from within that discipline tends to be not only teleological but also parochial and hagiographical....
From: Darin Hayton on 10 Mar 2017

Astronomers do not Date Sappho’s ‘Midnight’ Poem

Once again the internet is all excited by some scientists’ findings that solve a historical mystery. In this case, “UTA scientists use Planetarium’s advanced astronomical software to accurately date 2500 year-old lyric poem)” (as...
From: Darin Hayton on 20 May 2016

Nothing New in this Sloppy Scholarship

In their impressive compilation of Assyrian and Babylonian medical fragments JoAnn Scurlock and Burton R. Andersen remark about the āšipu: “like intellectuals everywhere, it was not possible for him to approach a medical problem without bringing to...
From: Darin Hayton on 2 Feb 2015

At least get the facts right…

Dr. David L. Katz has no patience for “New-Age nutrition” and its apparent assault on the calorie. See, for example, last October’s The Race to Redefine Calories: Iconoclasts, Start Your Engines! and his more recent Newtonian Nutrition. Unfortunately,...
From: Darin Hayton on 16 Jun 2014

A Call for Historical Accuracy

If we inveigh against people who distort science and ignore facts to prove their point and we label them dogmatic knuckleheads, we should at least guard against committing the same missteps in our criticisms of them. Phil Plait recently drew attention...
From: Darin Hayton on 11 Apr 2014

Enlisting Copernicus in Your Own Monetary Revolution

In “Nicolas Copernicus Was Far More Than A Scientific Icon” Jonathan Decker enlists Copernicus in support of his own economic/political cause: a return to a gold standard. Decker’s Op-Ed at is a gushing review of a recent edition and...
From: Darin Hayton on 15 Dec 2013

Resigning from the Enlightenment Project

In his response, Dr. Rundvist restates his original claim and enlists me in the project: history of science (and, apparently, all intellectually defensible activities) must show how past scientific debates have been resolved in present, thereby contributing...
From: Darin Hayton on 30 Aug 2013

Martin Rundkvist’s Enlightenment Project

The following is essentially a guest post by Martin Rundkvist. He is responding to my comments a few days ago about “Scientific Progress and the History of Science,” which was a response to his “Historians of Science Need to Know Current Science.”...
From: Darin Hayton on 27 Aug 2013

Scientific Progress and the History of Science

In “Historians of Science Need to Know Current Science” Martin Rundkvist rants about those annoying “knowledge relativist historian[s] of science.” Those degenerates are ignorant and lazy, and mock the hard intellectual work and real accomplishments...
From: Darin Hayton on 24 Aug 2013

History Beyond the Walls of the Academy

As Adrian Bingham points out in his recent post, Is anyone listening? History and public policy, historians have not been terribly successful in contributing their expertise to debates beyond the walls of the academy. The recent overhaul of the history...
From: Darin Hayton on 2 Jul 2013

Protected: Herodotus Lied!?!

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From: Darin Hayton on 19 Jun 2013

David Nutt is Wrong …

Scholars should strive for accuracy and precision when they speak in any domain of expertise. Unfortunately, as David Nutt’s recent...
From: Darin Hayton on 13 Jun 2013

Assassin’s Creed and Historical Fidelity

What liberties should video games take with the historical record and who gets to decide? Or, as some of the...
From: Darin Hayton on 18 Mar 2013

Why Novak Lost to Inman

Matt Novak from Paleofuture took Matthew Inman and his comic about Telsa to task in his “Edison vs. Tesla &...
From: Darin Hayton on 13 Mar 2013

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