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Endangered scholar from #Ukraine finds refuge at my Ph.D. school at George Mason University in the Washington DC area in the US.…
The TV report about this refugee scholar refers to an "authoritarian regime" in #Ukraine that endangers scholars…
#Ukrainian #historian is fired from university in Odesa & referred to Security Service of #Ukraine for investigation because his scholarly publications do not conform to ideological dogmas. There would be no collective letter from Western & Ukr historians.…
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Relevant context: In the April 1910 issue of the journal @sciencemagazine, the #American #historian of #medicine Fielding Hudson Garrison writes: "Kircher's "Scrutinium pestis," one of the acknowledged landmarks in medical #progress, was published in #Rome in 1658, at least
.. seventeen years before #Leeuwenhoek's discovery of the #infusoria (1675) and twenty-five years before his #RoyalSociety paper on the #microorganisms found on the teeth (September 17, 1683); so that making every allowance for the skill and proficiency of #seventeenthcentury
.. #opticians in grinding and polishing #lenses, the question whether #Kircher's lenses were better or worse than #Leeuwenhoek's is one of those "improbable problems" that each one can settle according to his personal preferences. No one will deny that Kircher saw some minute
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Wait ... WT actual F! @routledgebooks is republishing Augustus Buell's biography of John Paul Jones? Any #naval #historian who has published with them should be ashamed and embarrassed.
So, the story of Augustus Buell...historical fabricator & con artist. Seeing an opportunity to make some bank on a biography of "the Father of the American Navy," AB set out to write his bio but couldn't find the sources he wanted to make his story he made them up.
He created whole sources, including a sailors journal that never existed, he wrote whole letters that he then faked JPJ's signature on. If he thought something needed punched up in the history, to make it exciting, he would not only just make it up, he would then fake a source.
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