Nobody invented the scientific method.

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The Renaissance Mathematicus

In the past I’ve written posts explaining why the terms “father of” and “the greatest” should be firmly avoided when writing about the history of science. James Sumner has also written an excellent post The F-Word explaining why the term “the first” should also be banned from the vocabulary of any serious historian of science or technology. Today I’m going to explain why the expression “XY invented the scientific method” should also be regarded as a hanging offense!

Rather like the terms the greatest or the father of, inventor of the scientific method is an attribute that has been applied to a myriad of scholars down through the ages, Aristotle, Archimedes, Ibn al-Haytham, Galileo, Bacon (both Roger and Francis), Descartes and Newton are just some of the more prominent historical figures who invented the scientific method. Makes for kind of a crowded field doesn’t it?

The real problems start when…

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Star Wars Episodes I-VI: Why Lucasfilm Should Commission New Novelizations


*Spoiler Warning for Star Wars Episodes 1-6

Now that Disney has replaced the stories of the old Star Wars EU with new stories guided by the Lucasfilm Story Group , it would be fitting for Del Rey and Lucasfilm publishing to commission a series of movie novelizations that connect the greater Star Wars universe with the primary films. Novelizations provide the opportunity to expand a story, further exploring character feelings, thoughts, and motives.

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Films to See Blindly

Unexpected plot elements and twists are frequently spoiled for viewers before seeing a film or series, be it by word-of-mouth, by pop culture references in television and films, or by online articles and discussion. There are some films that have the most value when seen with no context at all. This is the case for  the films I have listed below. Some may even be so ingrained in pop culture that lacking any peripheral knowledge of them is nearly impossible. Nevertheless, here they are, with no description whatsoever:

  • Hot Fuzz
  • Eagle Eye
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Knowing
  • Gran Torino
  • World’s End
  • From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
  • Fight Club
  • Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • Predator
  • Alien
  • The Matrix
  • Reservoir Dogs