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Is there a good resource for the number of scientific literature published per year, potentially going back to the times of Newton or even Galilei?

As the title already says, I'm interested in the number of scientific articles published per year, preferably going back to the times of Newton or even Galilei (who is generally considered to be the ...
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Book on the evolution of Quantum Theory

Can anyone recommend some good book(s) on the Evolution of Quantum Theory, focusing on history, not necessarily on explaining the technical/math part? The books I have read so far, "Quantum: ...
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Resource recommendation for experiments that led to major concepts in physics

Any resource recommendations for history of physics giving special attention to experiments that led to certain concepts and theorems in physics? For example what led to the motivation of definition ...
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History of triangulation

Snell tends to be quoted as the person to develop triangulation in geodesy. I don't believe, however, that triangulation was invented only then. For example, here Al-Biruni is mentioned to have "...
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What branch of science is it that predicts how people in the past thought?

My friend speculated that people in the past believed that the gallbladder has therapeutic properties because of its distinctive color among surrounding meat - greenish among red. Maybe our ancestors ...
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Can anyone recommend sources on the standardisation of research methods in modern (20th-21st c) science?

I’m interested in learning more about how statistical methodology and research design has changed over the course of the 20th and 21st century. I’m particularly interested in ways in which research ...
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Magic Squares at the beginning of 20th century

I am doing research on the Ottoman Engineer and Mathematician Aram Margossian (1853-?) (in Turkish sources Margosyan is also used) He published a book, De l’ordonnance des nombres dans les carrés ...
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Is Hermann Weyl's book “Space, Time, Matter” (1923) on General Relativity still relevant?

I really liked Hermann Weyl's mathematical books and would like to get accustomed to general relativity from his perspective, but wonder if it's still relevant after almost 100 (!) years? Can this ...
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Is there an etymological dictionary of terms in physics?

There are of course many physics dictionaries and glossaries and some words can be found in general etymological dictionaries and even English dictionaries; but is there a Physics Etymological ...
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What is the original source of the problem of finding equivalent resistance between two nodes in an infinite grid of resistors?

A famous problem in electronics or physics course,is the following--- Consider an infinite 2d grid of resistors having resistance of equal value.Find the resistance between any two nodes in the grid. ...
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Is there a way to search through the early journal issues of "Nature" and "Science" and read the issues online?

I'm working on an analysis of the use of the term "dogma/dogmatism" in 19th-century scientific periodicals, two of which are Nature (1869-) and Science (1880-). Basically, I search every issue for the ...
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Where can I find Lagrange’s original equilateral triangular solution for arbitrary masses?

This answer to What kind of triangle is formed by three unequal masses in a circular restricted three body orbit? explains that In the Newtonian limit, an equilateral 3-body solution exists for any ...
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Is there a name for the idea that the limitations on the accuracy of a model depend on the point of view of the observer?

Consider a mouse who lives its whole life in a maze in a lab. If you asked the mouse about its understanding of the universe, it might say "it's 3 inches high and 3 inches wide, has two left turns and ...
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Resources for handwritten scientific notes?

I am interested in looking at the notebooks, manuscripts, and letters of scientists and mathematicians from history. It is usually possible to search for a particular person, but tracking images and ...
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Existence of Pythagoras Resources

I am aware that approximately two years ago a question was posted on the existence of Pythagoras. After two years, I want to gain more incite on the thought of those on this site. I was drawn to the ...
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Is there an anthology of classic papers on electricity?

I'm trying to find a book similiar to Stephen Brush "Kinetic Theory of Gases: An Anthology of Classic Papers With Historical Commentary". The electricity version, let's say! I like to see how subjects ...
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Textbook on the History of General Relativity

I have studied General Relativity from various textbooks already, and the subject fascinated me immensely. I was wandering if there is any textbook that deals with the chronological "steps" that ...
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Good book on the history of introductory physics (upto first year college)

I am looking for some good physics book(s) which shows the development of physics ideas from antiquity since 1850 or 1900 or something like that. The book should covers all "elementary" topics (...
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Seeking sources: Catholic church and the development of mathematics

I teach mathematics at a Catholic liberal arts college. This semester, I am teaching Real Analysis and I want students to complete a semester-long research project that extends beyond the course ...
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What has Einstein actually written about the chronology of his discoveries?

I have heard some stuff about how Einstein got is ideas from third parties. I've read a biography about him by Walter Isaacson, and a lot of possibly wrong one-liners on the internet. But I'm ...
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Looking for books on the history of chemistry?

I'm looking for good books on history of chemistry and chemical methodology. There appear to be surprisingly few available on the market based on my own 'research' (just googling and phrase-searching ...
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Journals of the early 20th century

Which journals were the most commonly used journals for the publication of research papers in physics in the late 19th century and the early 20th century, specifically from 1875 to 1925?
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What major areas of mathematics have been abandoned?

It seems that the focus of mathematical research moves on every so often, and some areas are not proven wrong, but have just become uninteresting in the current mathematical culture. I was under the ...
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What's a good resource for some of mathematics greatest controversies and debates?

We often think of mathematics as being clean-cut, with questions being settled with theorems, and not much room for disagreement. This isn't true though of course. Going back to ancient history, we ...
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What are some of the most complete genealogies of scientific and mathematical subject areas?

I am interested in the way scientific and mathematical subject areas developed (and are still developing). One of the great visual tools that can help us gain insight in how these areas developed is ...
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Classification of experimentally-determined physics laws?

Has anyone classified (or attempted to classify) all the experimentally-determined laws of physics, such as with a simple diagram or even in a full-length book? Doing an "experimental physics" ...
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Clausius regarding energy

Clausius somewhere wrote (in German): ``The energy of the world is constant.'' This is a well known quotation. What is the source, publication, the rest of the paper? [Obviously he was summarizing ...
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History of Algebraic Geometry for a general readership?

I'm looking for a "pop maths" book on the subject. Something much more accessible than Dieudonné: "light reading" with emphasis on the history, personalities and general ideas and minimal ...
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Books on the History of Physics

I've just finished reading Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar, which deals with the history of QM from Plank's quantisation for black body ...
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Is there any good book about the history of electricity?

Electricity history starting from William Gilbert in the 17th century.
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What blogs or websites cover historical or contemporary science? [closed]

Apologies if this isn't quite the right place to ask this. The popular science sites like Wired and io9 are too biased and reactionary for my tastes. I'm looking for sites or blogs that cover ...
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