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Archives for January, 2007

Species

Our HPS lab meeting discussed historian Peter Dear’s The Intelligibility of Nature today and will be continuing to do so next week. One of Dear’s statements regarding Darwin is so wrong it is not even funny: [Darwin] never paused to ask whether the very meaning of the category ‘species’ might have been radically changed by…

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January 24th 1877 – Death of Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist 1928 – Birth of Desmond Morris, British anthropologist and author of the pop-sci work The Naked Ape. 1939 – Death of Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist 1966 – Death of Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist

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January 23rd 1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits resulting in a death toll perhaps as high as 830,000. 1719 – Birth of John Landen, English mathematician 1785 – Death of Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician 1840 – Birth of Ernst Abbe, German physicist 1857 – Birth of Andrija Mohorovičić, Croatian seismologist…

Fossil Embryos linked to adult forms

Scanning electron photomicrographs of two fossil embryo specimens from the 600-million-year-old Doushantuo Formation in South China. From EurekaAlert: A decade ago, Shuhai Xiao, associate professor of geosciences at Virginia Tech, and his colleagues discovered thousands of 600-million-year-old embryo microfossils in the Doushantuo Formation, a fossil site near Weng’an, South China. In 2000, Xiao’s team reported…

And it’s only the second week …

I’m going to be a bit distracted until the weekend and maybe even longer. My annual self-evaluation is due to our Personnel Committee fairly soon, and I also have book reviews, letters of recommendation, student theses, and a few lesser service requirements to clear off my desk. And of course there are class preps to…

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January 22nd 1561 – Birth of Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher 1592 – Birth of Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1767 – Death of Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German mineralogist and geologist 1779 – Death of Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer 1840 – Death of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist 1908 – Birth…

Monday Mammal

Stoat, Mustela erminea  

I was wondering what posts of mine over the past year have received the most hits; What do people link to and what do the comment on? The “top twenty” posts are given below the fold and it is interesting to note that they can be characterized into three major categories: “anti-science” [1, 3, 4,…

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1912 – Birth of Konrad Emil Bloch, German biochemist, Nobel laureate 1926 – Death of Camillo Golgi, Italian physician, Nobel laureate

McNaught by Daylight

Courtesy of APOD.