This week’s TED talk is by historian Laura Snyder who introduces us to the “philosophical breakfast club,” her name for the four natural philosophers who collectively introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry and became the first modern “scientists.”

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Go for the principles, enjoy the fascinating historical rabbit trail, and most certainly stay for the ending. I don’t want to steal her thunder but she’s absolutely right. I hope that scientists agree and they will be welcomed with open arms. Tear down the wall!!!¹

Check out her Wikipedia page. “Narrative-driven non-fiction books about the way that science is intertwined with the rest of culture?” Yes times 10.

(1) I can’t help but link to that creepy part of the Pink Floyd song. Too much of a great effect.

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