My new research focuses on mathematics and the sciences of the stars in 14th-century Constantinople, especially the network of polymaths around Nikephorus Gregoras.
A pile of Richard Feynman detritus sold recently at Sotheby’s.1 In total, the 44 lots of Feynman’s stuff fetched $3,796,625, most of it paid for Feynman’s Nobel Prize.2 While I remain puzzled by the desire to own souvenirs from some famous scientist, I am truly baffled by the fact that… Read more
Kanye West’s recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live took an unexpected turn when West invoked Galileo, implying that they were both misunderstood geniuses who wouldn’t be silenced by bullies telling them what to think. West was responding to Kimmel, who had asked about West’s views on the president. I’m not… Read more
As progress continues on Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός I find myself confronting more and more questions that E. Boer’s critical edition does not and cannot answer. Some of these questions are small and probably of interest only to a sliver of scholars. Other seem a bit broader, such as: How did… Read more