The Intersection

This is a post simply to ask for comment on my last three (here, here, here) as a kind of genre exercise. Each post has been about my new foray into studying the history of science here at Princeton and testing out what it’s like to be a student again. (The most insane kind of culture shock, is the short answer.)

Anyway, this is a very different kind of thing for the Intersection, although certainly not outside of its mandate. And so far, I like the response it has generally prompted. But I don’t have to blog about the history of science for the next three to four months…it’s just a possibility right now–an experiment. Should it continue?


  1. #1 Coturnix
    February 11, 2009

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

    We had an entire session about it at ScienceOnline’09. and yes, it is needed.

    And send all your posts to the Giant’s Shoulders carnival as well.

  2. #2 Ashutosh
    February 11, 2009

    Of course you should. In fact ignorance of the history of science is one of the most important ingredient missing in most science classes. It takes away the human element, the social context and the logical progression and reduces science to a set of facts. So do go ahead. I have a blog on the History of Physics

  3. #3 Harry Abernathy
    February 11, 2009

    I’m definitely in favor of it, as long as it doesn’t become the sole subject of the blog, which Sheril will prevent from happening anyway.

    Besides, history allows for a much more objective examination of the intersection of science with culture, which is what this whole blog is about, am I right?

  4. #4 Jon Winsor
    February 11, 2009

    Good stuff. One of my favorite subjects.

  5. #5 Dowman
    February 11, 2009

    I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiments. Please do continue to post history science entries.

  6. #6 David Bruggeman
    February 11, 2009

    Some of your SciBlings engaged on this topic a few months ago (July-August). You can start with this post to get your feet wet.

    Ben at The World’s Fair works a lot in that field as well. Take a gander at them all.

  7. #7 Lilian Nattel
    February 11, 2009

    Well I learned something about Francis Bacon and I think you should blog about whatever you’re interested in & want to.

  8. #8 Aaron
    February 11, 2009

    Love the history-was thinking about the Francis Bacon stuff all the next day after I read it.

  9. #9 Wes
    February 12, 2009

    Blogging on history of science would be great. Keep ’em coming! 😀

  10. #10 Chris C. Mooney
    February 12, 2009

    Well then that does it. I will keep doing what I’m doing. thanks everyone!

  11. #11 PVB
    February 12, 2009

    I stumbled onto the blog and added it to my RSS feed after reading the Sir F. Bacon pieces. Provocative stuff – I’m blown away by his vision in the 1600’s.

  12. #12 scicurious
    February 12, 2009

    Those Bacon posts were great, Chris! I had no idea about any of that. Please do keep up! And submit to Giant’s Shoulders!

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