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The British Astronomical Association and the Great War of 19141918
by Jeremy Shears
[2013/09] Describes the wartime experiences of some British astronomers,
not all of whom survived the conflict.

The Reverend Walter Bidlake of Crewe
by Jeremy Shears
[2013/09] "The Reverend Walter Bidlake, MA, FRAS, JP (18651938)
was vicar of Crewe, England ... This paper describes Bidlake's
astronomical activities and life, including a high profile
libel case he brought."

Frank McClean and the Ferncliffe Observatory at Tunbridge Wells
by Jeremy Shears
[2013/09]

Reconsidering written language
by Gopal Sarma
[2013/09] What is interesting to me about this article
is not so much its subject as its use of counterfactuals
to do history of science.

Disquisitiones 235
by Vladlen Timorin
[2013/09] A modern retelling of section 235 of
Gauss's Disquisitiones Arithmeticæ.

Translation of "De integralibus quibusdam definitis,
seriebusque infinitis"
by C. J. Malmstèn
[Journal für Mathematik 38, 1 (1849)]

The many faces of the Bohr atom
by Helge Kragh
[2013/09]

Mathematics discovered, invented, and inherited
by Alexandre Borovik
[2013/09]
Although the mathematical part of this article is too technical for most readers
(including me) to understand, its basic idea  the rôle of
tradition, here understood very subtly, in the
progress of science  is extremely interesting.

A tale of ellipsoids in potential theory
by Dmitry Khavinson and Erik Lundberg
[2013/09] "Ellipsoids possess several beautiful
properties associated with classical potential
theory. Some of them are well known, and some
have been forgotten. In this article we hope to
bring a few of the 'lost' pieces of classical
mathematics back to the limelight."

The "Swamp Fox of Missouri" and his protractor
by Amy AckerbergHastings [2013/07]
The Swamp Fox being Confederate guerilla Meriwether Jeff Thompson,
and his protractor being, in Ms. AckerbergHastings's words
upon first seeing it, "Um, what is that? ... Rather ugly ...." But then she's
a protractor enthusiast.

The Giants' Shoulders #62:
Roundup of historyofscience blogs, 2013 August.
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Numerical Chladni figures
by Thomas Müller
[European Journal of Physics 34, 1067 (2013)]
"Chladni patterns of vibrating membranes or thin plates
fascinated people already in the eighteenth century ...
In this paper I present NumChladni, an interactive tool
for studying arbitrary twodimensional vibrating membranes
based on the Finite Element method."

Exhaustive generation of "Mrs. Perkins's quilt"
square dissections for low orders
by Ed Wynn
[2013/08] And what is "Mrs. Perkins's Quilt", you ask?
And why should serious modern mathematicians bother with
such trivial nonprofessional works as, for instance,
Amusements in Mathematics
by Henry Ernest Dudeny
[London: Nelson, 1917]? Well ...

Evolution of quasihistory in a Physics Textbook
by Jonas R. Persson
[2013/08] Discusses how the muchused Twentieth Century
physicstextbook Sears & Zemansky presents the blackbodyformula
saga: originally just the results, then anachronically in later
editions. Persson considers this a missed opportunity.

The Giants' Shoulders #61:
Roundup of historyofscience blogs, 2013 July.
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