There’s only 7 days left before the deadline of the next edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival! It will be hosted by Egil Asprem at Heterodoxology, and will be another themed edition:
To the layman, the natural sciences have become increasingly “esoteric” in the sense of being hard to access and difficult to understand. Throughout its history, science has been esoteric in other senses as well, connected with attempts to unravel the secrets of the book of nature, the understanding of occult properties and forces, and the quest for absolute, higher knowledge. This edition of Giants’ Shoulders is dedicated to all those esoteric pursuits of knowledge; a celebration of all strange, alien, and counterintuitive methods that have been attempted to dissect, read, or tame nature’s secrets, from renaissance natural philosophy to present-day Grand Unified Theories – whether cleverly inventive, hopelessly megalomaniac, or simply misguided.
Of course, we’re also still accepting more general posts on the history of science, so get writing for the November 15th deadline; entries can be submitted directly to your host or to the Giants’ Shoulders blog carnival.