The Early Modern Commons

Darin Hayton

Recent Posts

Leviathan and the Broken Air-Pump

30 May 2017

What if Shapin and Schaffer’s classic, Leviathan and the Air-Pump were one in a series about the adventures of Rob Boyle, deep-sea explorer and treasure-hunter? Lieutenants S....

Last Days of Patient 33

24 May 2017

In the afternoon of September 26, 1818, a family from Gloucester County, New Jersey arrived at Friends’ Asylum in Frankford, outside Philadelphia. They had brought their relative,...

Astrolabes and S•Town

9 May 2017

On Thursday, February 16, at 5:36 PM I was standing in a faculty meeting when my phone vibrated. I fished it out of my pocket and looked at the screen. I had just received a voicemail...

Facts Are Never Enough

8 May 2017

Scientists hope to dispel antiscience prejudices by better science education, and pundits hope to sway public opinion on issues like Obamacare or global warming by presenting the public...