From the Royal Society: Professor Agar asks why scientists say they ask ‘why?’, and traces the curious history of the idea of curiosity-driven science; as he explores the curious place of curiosity in the history of science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCbdU_n6cJw In the early modern period, curiosity was doubled-edged: it was both a virtue, the spring for [...]
Starting this month, New Scientist magazine will be running regular history of science features, and the BSHS’s own Dr. Patricia Fara has written the first one! You can read her article on Émilie du Châtelet, a remarkable figure in the History of Science who has too often been overshadowed by those studying Voltaire, Newton, or even Locke. Patricia sat [...]
Check out these fantastic clips from the 2015 BSHS Annual Conference in Swansea!