Blogging and history of science
Ben Cohen over at The World’s Fair has gotten me thinking about something: is there really a readership for blog posts about the history of science [HoS]?
My own experience is that there may not be such a readership, or at least may not be one that engages in commentary. Admittedly, my evidence is fragmentary. Over the past two weeks I have been posting HoS-based material, namely a series of book reviews and a commentary on the value of HoS for science education. The former series generated virtually no comments and the latter a meager nine comments (
it also wasn’t picked-up by any other blogs, as far as I know). So I’m wondering whether there is an audience for this type of material or whether pictures of cute mustelids and rants at creationists are as likely to get attention and commentary?
As a related issue, are there any good HoS blogs out there? What other historians of science are writing online?
Update #2: Here’s what we have for historians of science who blog. Suggest more if you know of any …
- Michael Robinson – faculty at University of Hartford.
- John Wilkins – faculty at University of Queensland (though a philosopher, he also does history of science).
- Will Thomas – postdoc at Maryland.
- Sage Ross – graduate student at Yale
- Michael Barton – graduate student at Montana State (also blogs here.)