• book series “Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter”: new volume

    We have the pleasure to inform you that a new book has appeared in the book series “Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter”, published by Springer (https://www.springer.com/series/15657):
    Mathematics, Administrative and Economic Activities in Ancient Worlds.Editors: Cécile Michel and Karine Chemla, 2020: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030483883
    The following four titles have already been published: Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts. Editors: Florence Bretelle-Establet and (...)

  • The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade

    Benjamin Breen Title
    The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade Publisher
    University of Pennsylvania Press Presentation text
    Eating the flesh of an Egyptian mummy prevents the plague. Distilled poppies reduce melancholy. A Turkish drink called coffee increases alertness. Tobacco cures cancer. Such beliefs circulated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an era when the term "drug" encompassed everything from herbs and spices—like nutmeg, cinnamon, (...)

  • HoST 14.1 (Jun. 2020) Special Issue - STANDARDS: TAMING KNOWLEDGE?

    Javier Ordóñez, Antonio Sánchez
    De Gruyter/Sciendo Presentation text Special issue “Standards: Taming Knowledge?”, with an introduction by the guest editors Javier Ordóñez and Antonio Sánchez to the four articles that it contains. They are case studies dealing with the setting of standards’ epistemological and institutional issues in the modern period, with approaches ranging from the history and philosophy of mathematics, the history and visual culture of biology to the (...)

  • Salomon Maimon’s Theory of Invention: Scientific Genius, Analysis and Euclidean Geometry

    Idit Chikurel
    De Gruyter Presentation text How can we invent new certain knowledge in a methodical manner? This question stands at the heart of Salomon Maimon’s theory of invention. Chikurel argues that Maimon’s contribution to the ars inveniendi tradition lies in the methods of invention which he prescribes for mathematics. Influenced by Proclus’ commentary on Elements, these methods are applied on examples taken from Euclid’s Elements and Data. Centering around (...)

  • Stokes at 200 (Parts 1 &2)

    Silvana Cardoso, Julyan Cartwright, Herbert Hupper
    Royal Society Publishing Presentation text Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special double issue of Philosophical Transactions A entitled Stokes at 200 (Parts 1 &2) – compiled and edited by Silvana Cardoso, Julyan Cartwright, Herbert Huppert and Christopher Ness and the articles can be accessed at https://bit.ly/TransA2174 and https://bit.ly/TransA2179 The issues are both currently FREELY (...)