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So @sapinker is talking trash about me re: my piece in #Nature150 (nature.com/articles/d4158…). <cracks knuckles>
The scrumptious irony is how well Pinker’s tweet makes the central argument in my @Nature article. Here’s the tweet in question.
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I write satire from time to time, and I’d be hard-put to parody Pinker’s language. So let’s break down his own words:
“Unlike past anti-scientism rants in lit/cult/pol mags, this [my piece] is in Nature.”
nature.com/articles/d4158…
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My @nature piece is not a rant, @sapinker, either in tone or in argument. It’s an analysis and a plea for more good science and less bad science. (You do believe there’s bad science?)
Now THIS, now, is a rant.
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Irish-born Oliver Byrne (1810-1880) was an innovator in mathematics education, particularly in the teaching of geometry.
His most well known book was his colorful version of ‘Euclid’s Elements’, published in 1847.
www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Biogra… #science
Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid's Elements.
brainpickings.org/2013/11/29/tas…
Byrne faced physical and financial hardship and ridicule from his contemporaries for his mathematical and pedagogical innovations. He also published How to Measure the Earth with the Assistance of Railroads (1838). #maths #histsci
math.ubc.ca/~cass/Euclid/b…
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The end of another semester of engaging students with @WikiEducation at @MissouriSandT @sandtcasb in #HistSCI means another tweet thread about this super fun project.
49 students, 32 articles, 40K words added, +285K views so far. I love their work! Take a look!
I'm going to group them. First group-- #WomenInSTEM #WomeninHistory
Students found that, uh oh, it's HARD to find reliable sources on women in science! This didn't stop them, though. They pushed through and learned some new research skills.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_S._… is 1 product.
Tycho's sister, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Br… was another article that needed work. The women who worked on this one had to find all sources on Tycho then sift through for the 2-3 pages about Sophia. Thank goodness for good #librarians at S&T who were patient and helpful!
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It's hard to appreciate just how remarkable a sentence like @nattyover 's is as a historical artifact. A few things that strike me as I'm prepping to teach a big #histsci survey course next term that gets to the LHC in the penultimate week...
@nattyover 1) the Large Hadron Collider is a *massive* assemblage of apparatus, architecture, earthworks, people, bureaucracies, finances, political arrangements, etc.
What kind of vision does it take to make it legible as a machine?
@nattyover 2) And not just a machine, but a *majestic* machine. Who or what gets to be majestic is a rich and fascinating historical question, and it's a relatively recent development that scientific apparatus get to be viewed as monumental, even majestic.
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Metrodora was a Greek physician sometime around 200-400 CE. She was the author of the oldest medical book known to be written by a woman, "On the Diseases and Cures of Women".#WomenInMedicine #HistSci #WednesdayWisdom opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/cgi/viewconten…
Greek physician Metrodora was one of the first to suggest surgical treatment for both breast & uterine cancers. Her manuscript was translated into Latin somewhere between the 3rd & 5th centuries.
#WomenInMedicine #histsci #WednesdayWisdom nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/ody…
Aspasia of Athens (ca 4th century AD). She founded the origins of the obstetrical practice, both regarding the early techniques of induced abortions & the surgical management of the early failure of pregnancy.#WomenInMedicine
jusurgery.com/universalsurge…
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