Scientific Revolutions and the “Will to Believe”: The Birth of Heliocentrism. Guest Post by Bob Rosenberg

Bob Rosenberg received a PhD in History of Science and Technology from Johns Hopkins University. He spent two decades at Rutgers University on the staff of the Thomas A. Edison Papers, the last seven as director of the project. Since 2001 he has lived on the San Francisco Peninsula, working from 2005 to 2013 for … Read more

The Mathematician and the World Beyond: The Visions of Girolamo Cardano. Guest Post by Andrew Manns

Andrew Manns is a doctoral student at the Warburg Institute. His research focuses on the psychological and political theories of Renaissance philosopher Tommaso Campanella. As the founding editor of and a contributor to Abraxas Journal, Andrew has written on a number of topics in the history of religion, science, and magic. Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) … Read more

Who was Dr. Karlo Marchesi? The Zagreb-Durham Transoceanic ESP Experiments. Guest Post by Boris Kožnjak, Zagreb

Boris Kožnjak, PhD, is a historian and philosopher of science at the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia. E-mail: Between August 1939 and May 1940 Joseph Banks Rhine and his associates from the famous Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, conducted what would become the longest distance experiment which any systematic ESP … Read more

Amateurs, Empiricism, and the Tedium of Psychical Research. Guest Post by Alicia Puglionesi

Alicia Puglionesi is completing her doctoral dissertation in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. Her project, ‘The Astonishment of Experience: Americans and Psychical Research, 1885-1935,’ deals with the emerging boundaries between professionals and amateurs engaged in the study of the mind around the turn of the twentieth century. Email: … Read more

Mesmerising Sounds: The Role of Music in Animal Magnetism

James Kennaway, PhD, is a Historian of Medicine at Newcastle University. His book Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease is a study of the notion that music can cause illness, from eighteenth-century fears of over-stimulated nerves to the Nazi concept of ‘degenerate music’, concluding with a discussion … Read more

Guest Post by Benjamin D. Mitchell, York University: William Thomas Stead and the Brahmins of Science

Benjamin David Mitchell is currently completing his PhD in Science and Technology Studies at York University, Canada. His doctoral study is concerned with Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch as developed from his engagement with nineteenth century science and scientific popularization, particularly from Nietzsche’s understanding of physiological aesthetics, self-regulation, vivisection, and the physiology of the … Read more

Guest Post by Alexis Smets: Religious and Spiritual Alchemy

Alexis Smets took his Masters degrees in Philosophy and in Philosophy of Science at the University of Brussels. He subsequently began his doctoral studies in the History of Philosophy and Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). His doctoral research is about the imagery in early modern books of chemistry. Modern views on alchemy … Read more

Guest Post by Kees-Jan Schilt (University of Sussex): “Not fit to be Printed”. On the Reception of Newton’s Unorthodox Works

Kees-Jan Schilt has a background in physics, astrophysics and history and philosophy of science (University of Utrecht), and is currently a doctoral researcher in early modern history of science at the University of Sussex. A member of the Newton Project, he specializes in early modern history, history of science and religion, and in the life … Read more

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