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Recalling the Challenger Accident Thirty Years Ago


Thirty years ago on January 28, 1986, NASA and the nation suffered loss of the space shuttle Challenger during launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Many Americans had been excited about this mission, even more than those that had gone before, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dreams of Other Worlds”


Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration. By Chris Impey and Holly Henry (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2013). Pp. 450. $35. ISBN: 978-0-691-14753-6. Should scientists write history? Most of the time, I don’t think so. This … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Empire and Science in the Making”


Empire and Science in the Making: Dutch Colonial Scholarship in Comparative Global Perspective, 1760-1830. Edited by Peter Boomgaard. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. As co-editor of the series, Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, my comments will … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Science of Shakespeare”


The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe. By Dan Falk. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’ Press, 2014. I had never before considered the scientific worldview of William Shakespeare. Like almost every other American I had … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Theories of the World: From Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution”


Theories of the World: From Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution. By Michael J. Crowe. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2001. This is a classic textbook that does not look like a textbook. It presents the evolution of cosmology in western thought … Continue reading

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A Chronology of Key Space Anniversaries for 2014


There are many anniversaries every year, some truly significant and others of a more mundane nature. What follows is a short chronology of anniversaries taking place in 2014 relating to the spaceflight community. It is not an exhaustive list, but … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction”


Science & Religion: A Historical Introduction. Edited by Gary B. Ferngren. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. This is a fascinating edited collection of essays on several episodes of the confluence of science and religion in Western Civilization. Intended … Continue reading

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