Tagged: history of science

kary mullis, pcr, & covid tests - BioBlog

Alison Campbell May 19, 2021

You’ve probably come across the name Kary Mullis recently, via social media. He’s best remembered for his invention (along with a team of other researchers) of the Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR for short (and for many biology students was probably immortalised in their memories via this earworm of an advertisement¹). This turned out to be a very powerful … Read More

On the Shoulders of Giants? - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 16, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] Isaac Newton is often thought to be the inventor of the apparently self-deprecating phrase ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’, but he was not: actually it had been in use for over 500 years before he repeated it in 1675. Of more significance is that Newton wrote … Read More

The invention of the geostationary communications satellite - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jan 18, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] The idea of satellites beaming radio communications around the globe was discussed by science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in 1945, though he imagined huge geostationary space stations permanently staffed by astronauts who would be needed to change the electronic valves in the onboard radio transmitters. We’ve not been able to watch live cricket matches … Read More

From Restoration to Reconciliation: Belief 6 – Science: Tell us what to do - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Dec 19, 2018

Many people have this idea that we just need to trust the scientists on this one. Science will tell us what to value so we should just leave it to them. Here are some comments again from my interview with Kim Hill: ‘This is not a cultural judgment about the value of different species but is a scientific one’ … Read More

A short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 11, 2017

Ella Stewart-Peters, Flinders University and Catherine Kevin, Flinders University When we hear phrases like vaccine objection, vaccine refusal and anti-vaxxers, it’s easy to assume these are new labels used in today’s childhood vaccination debates. But there’s a long history of opposition to childhood vaccination, from when it was introduced in England in … Read More

Darwin and New Zealand - The Atavism

David Winter Feb 12, 2013

February the 12th is the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Across the world people will be marking the day by remembering Darwin the discoverer of evolution by natural selection, Darwin the cautious husband, Darwin the barnacle boffin and maybe even Darwin the geologist who explained the origin of coral atolls. I might be the only person who takes … Read More

Historians and sociologists just as human as scientists - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 03, 2013

This great Sidney Harris cartoon reminds me of the Big Bang Theory scene where Sheldon and Leonard end up wrestling during a conference presentation by Leonard. It’s also a handy antidote for anyone with an idealistic picture of scientists and … Continue reading → … Read More