The man who printed the world of plants — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598) is justifiably famous for having produced the world’s first modern atlas, that is a bound, printed, uniform collection of maps, his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ortelius was a wealthy businessman and paid for the publication of his Theatrum out of his own pocket, but he was not a printer and had to employ […]

The man who printed the world of plants — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Renaissance Science – I — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

To paraphrase what is possibly the most infamous opening sentence in a history of science book[1], there was no such thing as Renaissance science, and this is the is the start of a bog post series about it. Put another way there are all sorts of problems with the term or concept Renaissance Science, several […]

Renaissance Science – I — The Renaissance Mathematicus

ATTENTION IS ENERGY — THINGFINDER (Reblog)

“ If you wish to understand the Universe  think of energy, frequency and vibration.“ – NICOLA TESLA {VIDEO STARTS AT 1.44 – TOTALLY WORTH TO WATCH ;-)} “Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled and observe the route that your attention follows.”  ― Neville Goddard, The Power of Awareness THINGFINDER PLAYLIST STAY INSPIRED

ATTENTION IS ENERGY — THINGFINDER

The solar year ends and starts with a great conjunction — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

Today is the winter solstice, which as I have explained on various occasions, in the past, is for me the natural New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day rather than the arbitrary 31 December/1 January. Obligatory Stonehenge winter solstice image Today in also the occurrence of a so-called great conjunction in astronomy/astrology, which is when, viewed from […]

The solar year ends and starts with a great conjunction — The Renaissance Mathematicus

December 18 1912 — The Fraud of the ‘Piltdown Man’

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The illusive ‘missing link’ between mankind and the apes has perplexed many in the scientific community and beyond for nearly two hundred years.

On December 18 1912 a meeting at the Geological Society of London presented information regarding the supposed discovery of one such specimen, found in the small community of Piltdown near Uckfield in Sussex, in the south east of England.

This was later proven to be the imaginative whim of one then living individual presenting such information, who had set his sights on joining the Royal Society, one of the most prestigious scientific organisations in England.

It later transpired that the ‘discovery’ was in fact a 500 year old human skull, melded with the jawbone of an orang-utan and the teeth of a chimp. Here began the story of the now infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ which fooled the world for decades.

To this day, no one has discovered any remains which can be categorically described as such a missing link.

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The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part LI — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

By the middle of the nineteenth century there was no doubt that the Earth rotated on its own axis, but there was still no direct empirical evidence that it did so. There was the indirect evidence provided by the Newton-Huygens theory of the shape of the Earth that had been measured in the middle […]

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part LI — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Illuminating medieval science — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

There is a widespread popular vision of the Middle ages, as some sort of black hole of filth, disease, ignorance, brutality, witchcraft and blind devotion to religion. This fairly-tale version of history is actively propagated by authors of popular medieval novels, the film industry and television, it sells well. Within this fantasy the term […]

Illuminating medieval science — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLVIII — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

The model of the solar system that Johannes Kepler presented in his mature work had dimension significantly larger than any of the other geocentric, heliocentric, or geo-heliocentric systems on offer in the early part of the seventeenth century. Although by 1630, Kepler’s heliocentric system with its elliptical orbits had become one of the two leading […]

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLVIII — The Renaissance Mathematicus

“A sea of wild, woolly thinking!” — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

Today’s musings on the history of science re-examine a topic that I have already dealt with several times in the past, that of presentist judgements on the heuristic used by a historical figure to find or reach their solution to a given scientific problem. In the world of scientific investigations, a heuristic is the scaffolding […]

“A sea of wild, woolly thinking!” — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The Imposter Syndrome Is Real! — Bombay Ficus (Reblog)

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Like your friends or colleagues are going to discover you’re a fraud, and you don’t actually deserve your job and accomplishments? If so, you’re in good company. These feelings are known as Imposter Syndrome, or what psychologists often call impostor phenomenon. An estimated 70% of people experience […]

The Imposter Syndrome Is Real! — Bombay Ficus

*So is the imposter syndrome real?