The fact about science, is that everyone who has made a serious contribution to it is aware, or very strongly suspects, that the world is not only queerer than anyone has imagined, but queerer than anyone can imagine. This is a most disturbing thought, and one flees from it by stating the exact opposite… J.B.S. Haldane in a letter to Robert Graves, cited by Clark.
In my article What is history 1 I mentioned the early papers on the Origin of Life by JBS Haldane and Alexander Oparin. Subsequent research on the Net showed that these papers are not easily available and that perhaps people have forgotten how important they were to our understanding of life on Earth. Also JBS Haldane is a larger than life English and subsequently Indian scientist who should not be forgotten.
The next two articles are about how relatively ordinary people (like us?) lived in other times. It is a quirky question, but one I’ve often asked. And, I must admit I’ve rarely been satisfied with the answers. Although an easy question to ask, it is difficult if not impossible to answer, and why historians tend to gloss over it.
I am not a historian. I didn’t study it at school or university. But as with most things I am interested in history, particularly its process. I am also interested in the general rather than the specific. Continue reading “What is History 1: Introduction”→