Monthly Archives: July 2010

Reading old books

‚ÄúThere is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books…. The student… feels himself inadequate and thinks he will … Continue reading

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Longitude at Sea: J.T. Mayer (1770)

Recent acquisition: Johann Tobias Mayer, Tabulae motuum solis et lunae novae et correctae … Quibus accedit methodus longitudinum promota … editae jussu praefectorum rei longitudinariae. Edited by Nevil Maskelyne. London, William and John Richardson, 1770. 4to, pp. [viii], 89, [6], … Continue reading

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Books speak of books

“Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, … Continue reading

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Really simple explanation of really simple syndication (RSS)

Basic idea Are you drinking the Internet from a fire-hose? Do you try to keep track of more websites than you can remember off the top of your head? Do you feel like you’re wasting time checking to see if … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Ready reference vs. Research literature

Why do we use Wikipedia? Should you? In this blog and elsewhere I frequently link to Wikipedia for background information on an author or topic in the history of science. This practice is subject to some controversy, at least in … Continue reading

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