Though he did not anticipate the power of symbolic mathematics, by invoking the example of codebreaking, the 17th-century philosopher prepared for the later union of mathematics with experimental science.
Peter Pesic | Feb 27
Drawings and short essays offer an illuminating peek into the history of scientific thought.
Don S. Lemons | Jan 3
Throughout history, scientists have tried to understand the characteristics that a chemical system must possess in order to be considered living.
Laura Tripaldi | May 18, 2022
“When you’re shining a light on something, almost everything else remains in the dark. And sometimes that darkness is deliberately kept dark.”
Peter Galison and Robert Proctor | Nov 9, 2021
During WWI the act of hearing was recast as a tactical activity — one that could determine human and even national survival.
Gascia Ouzounian | Jul 26, 2021
To measure was to apprehend and be made accountable, and nowhere was this more resonant than in the identification and classification of criminals.
Jessica Helfand | May 5, 2021
From the ancient Greeks to the 17th century, a terrestrial phenomenon baffled scientists: Where did the birds go in winter?
Alice Gorman | Dec 1, 2020
Controlling pollutions through disinfection, rather than preventing them outright, marked a critical feature of the chemical revolution that crested in the 1770s.
François Jarrige and Thomas Le Roux | Nov 20, 2020
Only after new methods emerged for assessing statistics did the previously invisible entity now called ‘population’ become a target for objective investigation.
Thomas Moynihan | Nov 2, 2020
When space entered the realm of scientific inquiry, many wondered if the eternal mystique of the Moon could survive the onslaught of cold, hard science.
Alice Gorman | Sep 29, 2020