Historical Expertise

A Call for Historical Accuracy

If we inveigh against people who distort science and ignore facts to prove their point and we label them dogmatic knuckleheads, we should at least guard against committing the same missteps in our criticisms of them. Phil Plait recently drew attention to and rightly criticized a pseudo-documentary promoting geocentrism.[1] The same day, Lawrence Krauss—a theoretical […]


It’s About Domains of Expertise

Some great suggestions on Cleaning Up Science but some questionable history of science: In the long run, science is self-correcting. Ptolemy’s epicycles were replaced by Copernicus’s heliocentric system. Well, not really. Copernicus replaced the equant and freely used eccentrics and epicycles for purposes of calculation. See Robert Westman, The Copernican Question (2011), 215. (Or, see […]