The Giant’s Shoulders #6

And now it’s time for the sixth edition of The Giant’s Shoulders! Without further ado: the posts

1672 – Isaac Newton experiments with light and prisms. These experiments ignited a controversy in physics: is light a particle or a wave? This wasn’t resolved until the 1900s with the quantum theory. More on the events surrounding Newton’s experiments at the relevantly named Ether Wave Propaganda blog.

1800sBayblab chronicles the rise and fall of Phrenology, and speculates on why it’s gone, but Astrology is still with us.

1897 – Eduard Buchner shows that fermentation has no requirement of living cells, as discussed at the Big Room.

1897 – David Hilbert writes a number theory book. In it, he gives many new proofs of theorems, and the book is influential enough that many theorems are still referred to by their number in it. In particular, there is Hilbert Theorem 90, and the blogger at A Mind for Madness took this name. He has both the history, and a modern proof up.

1933-1945 – Orac at Respectful Insolence asks the hard question: Was Nazi science good science? Not morally good, but rather, methodologically. The comment thread is rather long and interesting too, and he has a followup.

1941 – Beedle and Tatum demonstrate the one gene, one enzyme rule. The Evilutionary Biologist discusses the process: fruit flies were too hard, so they found something simpler. And eventually, this begins modern molecular biology and biochemical genetics.

1954 – Hans Luhn writes down an algorithm for error detection, which is currently used to construct credit card numbers. The details, along with warnings to not try this at home, over at Money Blue Book.

1956 – DuBois, Botelho, and Comro calculate airway resistance in people with respiratory disease. Or more precisely, measuring it. Details at Isis the Scientist.

1960-1963 – Simmons and Baluffi work out equilibrium vacancy concentrations in the solid state theory of metals, over at Entertaining Research.

1972 – Mintz and Alpert investigate hallucinations, psychosis, and it all ties to UFO abduction experiences over at Podblack.

1977 – Roberts et al study the process of addiction and cocaine. Scicurious at Neurotopia discusses it in great detail.

And finally, GrrlScientist at Living the Scientific Life discusses a book on the history of the Natural History Museum in London, as well as what goes on behind the scenes at such a place.

Next edition up in a month at the Questionable Authority. And a reminder to people: papers need to be at least a decade old! I got submissions from 2008, and that’s just not this Carnival, as well as a bunch of things that just didn’t match this carnival. Good posts, but not science history.

About Charles Siegel

Charles Siegel is currently a postdoc at Kavli IPMU in Japan. He works on the geometry of the moduli space of curves.
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13 Responses to The Giant’s Shoulders #6

  1. Ack, that one didn’t make it through to me. Added.

  2. notedscholar says:

    Good thorough references!

    If you want to add it, I’ve written a post about the discovery of Dark Matter in the 1970’s! (although in truth the term was coined by American novelists).


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  4. podblack says:

    Great stuff, thanks! Yes, there’s people who just send in any old thing to a carnival at times – and by ‘any old thing’, I really mean nothing to do with science and are actually just ads for their marketing blog or internet advice columns. Things like that you just cull, I guess.

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  7. scicurious says:

    I don’t believe the link to Neurotopia is correct, everything I click it it goes somewhere else…

    Great carnival!

  8. Sorry about that, cut and paste error. Should be corrected now.

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