In his 1798 publication An Essay on the Principle of Population, Robert Mathus put forth a theory that population growth would eventually be checked by disease and the lack of food. Fortunately for the seven billion plus people currently living on earth, he was wrong. Although Mathus assumptions have proven incorrect, his warning […]

Europe in the 17th century was a hotbed of scientific activity. Rene Descartes was busy developing analytical geometry, Isaac Newton was developing physics and Thomas Harriot discovered sunspots. However, one of the most important advances of the time occurred when an experiment could not be repeated. In 1657, Robert Boyle […]

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