'Sideways Look' Blog

Back to Basics

Some background. For a long time the main political parties in the United Kingdom were called the Tories and the Whigs.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 3 ‘Small, But Perfectly Formed’

A relatively painless way to learn about science is to read biographies of scientists.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 2 ‘Up Close and Personal’

If you want to capture the essence of the English countryside, my recommendation would be to spend time in the county of Shropshire.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 1 ‘Sometimes You Get Lucky’

The older I get the more I appreciate those who explore and document the history of science, and especially the history of paleoanthropology.

Unreasonable Expectations

“For every complex problem, there is a simple, easy to understand, incorrect answer” -Albert von Szent-Györgyi

Publications that made a Difference. No. 2: ‘Looking Beyond Modern Human-Type Bipedalism’

Among the fossils recovered from Swartkrans in 1949 were two fragments that preserve the proximal end of the right femur.

It’s that Time of Year

It will not be long before we will be receiving emails from the Graduate Admissions Office of GW’s Columbian College suggesting we come and pick up the files of the applicants for our HOMPAL

Publications that made a Difference. No. 1: ‘Sometimes Clout Matters’

When I was a lad the electronic media largely consisted of radio.

Lessons from Cow Poop

Silvana Condemi and Ger-Christian Weniger’s 2011 edited volume (Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe, Volume 1) commemorating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of

The Heat to Light Index

The Heat to Light Index (sometimes abbreviated to ‘H2L’ and computed as Heat/Light x 100) is a little known but valuable way of quantifying the contributions made by individual scientis

Emulate, but Choose Your Model with Care

Way back in the Neolithic, when I was in the UK equivalent of US high school, we took two sets of examinations.

CASHP Director’s Blog: No. 1

This is the first ‘post’ in what we plan will be a regular series.