All the Essays|
An archive of all the essays appearing on this site.
Francis Bacon (ESS23)
The not-so-blank slate. Most people believed that we are born already knowing a bunch of stuff so you don't really need to check it out. Enter Francis Bacon.
Physics, The Next Attraction (ESS22)
Things that move and why. We take most of our modern ideas about physics for granted. Less than 500 years ago those ideas could get you killed.
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler (ESS21)
Their Contribution to the understanding of the Universe. Two radically different personalities, yet together they laid the foundation for Newton's theory of the universe.
The Seventeenth Century - Part two - The People (ESS20)
A brief overview covering some of the main players. "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensee #895
The Seventeenth Century - Part one - Events (ESS19)
A brief overview covering some highlights. "History without context is like skydiving without a parachute."
The Enlightenment - The Age of Reason (ESS18)
Ending the bond between Science and Religion. "All men are born free, but everywhere they are in chains." -Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Cassini and Christiaan Huygens (ESS17)
Not just a spacecraft but a story of genius. Both Cassini and Huygens were giants in their field.
Rebuilding the Universe (ESS16)
Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton. Sending the earth into orbit around the sun.
Science and the Renaissance (ESS15)
The Birth of Modern Science. A better way of painting and a whole lot more.
Newton And Hooke (ESS14)
A Tale of Two Giants.
Before you give Isaac Newton all the credit, here's a Hooke for you.
Good Goth, It's Alaric and the Barbarians (ESS13)
How about those "Dark Ages".
They weren't completely dark, but times were pretty 'iffy'.
Descartes and Locke (ESS12)
The doubter and the Blank Slate.
"Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back." -Keynes
Epicurus, Lucretius and Pierre Gassendi (ESS11)
Two Greeks, a Roman poet and a French cleric with an Italian name.
A story about atoms and a happy life...
Aristotle and the Seven Sages (ESS10)
Many of the roots of Western culture go back to ancient Greece...
Pure Science and Applied Science (ESS9)
- What's the difference and who cares!
Alchemy to Modern Chemistry (ESS8)
They weren't really crazy. They were only looking for a better life. Their science was wrong but they learned some pretty good tricks. They may have found gold after all.
Aristotle and Albertus Magnus (ESS7)
The Greek, the Monk and a whole lot of scholasticism. In medieval Europe they first ignored science and then they got it wrong...
The Moors in Spain (ESS6)
How we almost lost our scientific roots.
Science and the Plow (ESS5)
- Roots of the experimental method.
William of Ockham (ESS4)
If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with...
Roger Bacon (ESS3)
In the thirteenth century "facts" were not really a high priority especially if they conflicted with devine will.
Galileo and the Establishment (ESS2)
"And yet it does move" - He probably never said it but it does make a good story. Why the Church was so upset with his theories...
Why Science & You (ESS1)
"And now for something completely different..." - With this classic line from Monty Python's John Cleese we introduce you to our website. Enjoy!