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Who is a ‘Scientist’? (Part 2: Mathematical Platonism)

June 11, 2012

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You might be pleased to read that for this post, for this one delicious interval, I will not be writing about religious beliefs. To continue my previous comments about whom we might deem to be a ‘scientist’, I wish to direct your attention to a different, and far less obvious opposition. ——————————- As a reminder, […]

Kepler and Jesus’ Star

December 12, 2011

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Who vagrant transitory Comets see, Wonders, because they are rare: but a new starre Whose motion with the firmament agrees, Is miracle, for there no new things are. From John Donne’s ‘To the Countesse of Huntingdon‘ [Appears in Arthur Koestler (1959) ‘Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe’] ———————— In 1604, while […]

Rare Things Happen All The Time

July 15, 2011

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It has been well understood for thousands of years, by some at least, that the lights in the night’s sky would move depending on the time, and date. We now know this to be due to the rotation of the Earth on its axis and the orbit of the Earth around the sun. But, it was also […]

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