History of science helps us develop a fuller and richer understanding of scientific knowledge. The stories of experiments, controversies and discarded theories from the past make us examine the knowledge that we take for granted today. This leads to a better appreciation of the reasons for accepting the validity of the current theories.
Forgotten science is a whimsical collection of interesting snippets from the history of science. Here you will read about how scientists in the past tried to answer the questions you might have had while learning science. You will find out how to repeat some of the historical experiments with common materials and equipment lying around. There are also excerpts from old books and papers, and summaries of archaic scientific literature transcribed for a modern reader.
A short paper titled “Circumstances affecting the Heat of Sun’s rays” appeared in the 1856 edition of the American Journal of Science and Arts. It was only a page and a half long, and had a... ReadBecome better acquainted with early scientists
As weird ideas go in the history of science, it probably cannot get weirder than this. Or so it might seem to us today, since we have been taught that during electrolysis, water is broken down into... ReadExplore weird and wonderful ideas from the past
In the introduction to his book Rediscovering Optics, physics educator and history of science scholar Nahum Kipnis lucidly summaries what he considers to be... ReadMore thoughts on the use of history in science teaching