All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
0answers
29 views

Those who do not know [history] are doomed to recreate it

Six months ago, the history tag was burninated as useless. The tag was supposedly blacklisted as early as 2014, but has come back repeatedly, including in 2020. The tag now has 15 questions and still ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

Is it ok to ask whether a person is a descendants of a scientist?

In particular, I would like to know whether Anthony Bloch is a descendant of Felix Bloch or not. The Anthony Bloch's page on The Mathematics Genealogy Project only shows his advisory relationships, ...
3
votes
0answers
22 views

Are questions about the logistics/administration/practical matters in past research on-topic?

There is a recent question on Academia.SE about funding sources for mathematicians in the 19th century (https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/171714/did-mathematicians-of-the-19th-century-apply-...
8
votes
2answers
151 views

Make questions about counter-factual history off-topic

I propose making questions about counterfactual history (e.g questions of type "Suppose that such-and-such development in the history of science and math did not happen. What would be the ...
2
votes
0answers
47 views

Is here okay to post a question about computer science lore?

Is this an appropriate site to ask about computer science lore? I'd originally asked at the Computer Science Stack Exchange Meta whether there was okay to ask about a half-remembered story about two ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

Why is this question called opinion-based?

This question: When did it become a norm for mathematicians not to read proofs of all the results they use? I would expect answers to include evidence like "Mathematician X wrote that he had not ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Bounties on my question

I have put bounties on my question Names of the electromagnetic units in SI, first for 50 points and now for 100 points. In the process, I have lost my reputation to edit community wiki. I have even ...
-3
votes
1answer
42 views

Let there be [contributions]

At the moment, there are 102 questions containing "contribution". Thus, I hereby propose that tag contributions be created.
-3
votes
1answer
278 views

Where is Gottingen?

I have never heard of Gottingen. I have heard of Göttingen, however. Those who lack an umlaut-endowed keyboard usually resort to ö ⟶ oe. Thus, gottingen ⟶ ...
-2
votes
1answer
69 views

Why can't [kepler] and Kepler get along?

Will someone please elucidate why the tag kepler is not on-topic on a question on Kepler himself? I am having some trouble understanding the inner workings of this community.
3
votes
1answer
51 views

This tag is [history]

The tag history (currently 80 questions, no tag wiki) is utterly useless. If a question is on-topic on this site, then it is about history, and if it not about history, then it is off-topic and needs ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
1
vote
0answers
67 views

Is there something that needs to be done when the main chatroom is frozen?

If you look at the chat rooms associated with HSM you can see that there is a room called On the way to Damascus. The room On the Shoulder of Giants has been frozen. (As far as I can tell, this ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Looking for a general academic term on "technology trees" and related research and not sure where to ask best

I'm not sure whether this question is well on topic at History of Science and Mathematics? My question: From computer games like Civilizations, we know the concept of the technology tree, i.e. ...
0
votes
1answer
141 views

Why has my question been closed as "Opinion Based"?

Why has this question been closed as “opinion based”? What did I put in the question that is making it an opinion?
3
votes
1answer
166 views

Are questions about the history of pseudoscience on-topic?

I have some questions about the history and development of theories that are widely accepted as pseudoscience, such as Orgone energy, Nibiru, Time Cube, modern Zetetic astronomy, the Bates Method, or ...
-1
votes
1answer
131 views

Why was my answer deleted?

I am still waiting for a good answer.
6
votes
1answer
103 views

Two tags for the 18th century

At the moment, we have tag 18c and tag 18th-century. Would it be wise to merge them?
4
votes
1answer
195 views

Two tags for Middle Ages

At the moment, we have tag medieval and tag middle-ages. Should they be merged?
6
votes
0answers
64 views

Blacklisted [history] tag has reappeared

Based on this answer, [history] (as well as any other tag beginning with the word "history") is supposed to be a blacklisted tag on the main site. However that has apparently failed. This ...
4
votes
0answers
92 views

Is asking questions related to the statements in (religious) scriptures allowed?

There are many facts in scriptures across the world. They are mentioned very earlier compared to their formal verification with modern science. Assume that a fact has been proved by the modern ...
2
votes
1answer
103 views

Erroneous red button on "review queues" and "suggested edits" icons

Whenever I play HSM, the red dot for the "review queues" is lit up; when I click there, I see that the "Suggested edits" queue has a red dot. When I click that queue, I'm told that the queue is empty....
0
votes
1answer
69 views

Should we reduce the criteria for gold badges?

On going through the gold badges available on this site, I realised that most of the gold badges have zero awarding. This may be attributed to less active participation and, thus, fewer views and ...
-3
votes
1answer
95 views

Why was my answer regarding the history of the concept of a tensor deleted?

The question referred to is here The OP asked for: Were there other related definitions defined around this time? How has today's definition of a tensor changed compared to its beginnings? My focus ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Criteria for considering questions 'duplicates' seem to need improvement

Repeatedly I have noticed that questions on HSM stack exchange are getting closed as 'duplicates' when it is at least highly arguable that they are anything but duplicates. The need for improved ...
3
votes
0answers
88 views

2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
4
votes
1answer
102 views

Suggestion of tag removal

The tags physics-capitalism-technology and physics-capitalism-propaganda are being used by (and seem to have been created for) ...
0
votes
0answers
66 views

What is meant specifically by "history" in history of science and mathematics?

So I recently asked the following: What did Sommerfeld mean by Bohr's magic wand? While I am aware of possible vulgarity. I try my best not to divulge into it. However, after the comment "I'm ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Bugs in awarding of badges

I have noted some bugs in the awarding of badges: I did my first retag on my question and was thus entitled to receive an Organizer badge but never got it. I saw a user who did not have enough ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

I want to move my closed question... And already flagged it, but no action

I want to move my closed question, on "Ape to Human Diagram" and "Dehumanization", to the Psychology Stack. But I've already flagged it, but no action... Do I flag it again, or delete and remake, as ...
2
votes
1answer
84 views

Are questions about sources of jokes on-topic?

The question Is this Heisenberg joke actually real? is closed for the following reason: This question does not appear to be about history of science and math, within the scope defined in the help ...
2
votes
0answers
67 views

2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
1
vote
2answers
319 views

Please stop asking for sources

I'm sort of tired of seeing questions like this or this. I believe they show very little work and effort, and even if they did, they do not contribute to the overall HSM community very well. HSM ...
0
votes
0answers
132 views

Closure of "How Old is the pythagorean theorem?"

Can someone supply more clarity on why this question has been re-closed?
2
votes
1answer
162 views

Errata for Jeff Miller's "Earliest ..."

The websites of Jeff Miller are a very valuable resource which get cited often here on hsm. Unfortunately, in a few occasion the information there has turned out to be incomplete or mistaken, so the ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

Trouble uploading photos with iPhone app - app said to lodge issue here

The app is having trouble uploading photos to an answer and told me to raise an issue here. What do I do?
0
votes
0answers
69 views

Why can't I vote this answer?

Why it took an army of physicists, working on a huge complex, so long to produce a working nuclear device, while it seems so easy in theory? The vote buttons on this accepted answer is grey out, ...
0
votes
0answers
55 views

What has happened to the logo?

Is anyone else able to see the logo of the site? I can't. I only see a white bar... Did something happen to it?
2
votes
1answer
180 views

Questions about notation

There seems to be a disagreement about whether or when a question about mathematics notation is on-topic. For example, see the comments in \mathbb versus \mathbf one of which claims that this ...
1
vote
0answers
156 views

Event suggestion: A history of mathematics and future direction panel discussion?

So recently, I was pondering about historical connections of subjects, such as how concepts, ideas and experiments done in history change the course of humanity as they open new doors to exploration ...
3
votes
1answer
148 views

Tagging of names, revisited

About three years ago, in the early days of HSM, it was decided on meta that it was probably not useful to tag posts by the names of relevant scientists. The reason for this is that it would lead to a ...
3
votes
0answers
99 views

Feeds for suitable questions from other sites in chat?

Could perhaps adding feeds from hsm-related questions from other Stack Exchange sites into chat be useful? I could, for example, imagine ho.history-overview tag from MathOverflow, math-history tag ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

Tag suggestion: natural history

I have a question about my History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange post: What are other ancient encyclopaedic texts like Pliny's “Naturalis Historia” that were available to medieval ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

Offering bounty when there is 1 closure vote

I would like to offer a bounty on this question. Recognizing that there is currently 1 closure vote, I consulted with moderator Danu and he recommended to pose this at meta. Would it be appropriate to ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

Why must edits have at least six characters?

I wanted to correct one letter in a name. This was impossible because there was only this one typo. So the typo persists. Shouldn't this rule be dropped?
-5
votes
1answer
208 views

Has hsm lost sight of what it's stack exchange is for?

Recently I had a question on HSM regarding mathematicians of Amish origin. But, I was heavily downvoted because the people there did not think my question mattered. They believed that the importance ...
6
votes
1answer
160 views

Is the xkcd feed in the chat really necessary?

At this point, given the low activity of the chatroom, it actually posts more often than actual users: this year so far, it posted 16 links versus 1 single user discussing questions. This makes ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Might HSM add a flagging option for migrating posts to EL&U?

A few recent questions, such as this one, do not appear to be about mathematics, science, or their history. They seem to stem more from someone's misunderstanding of archaic language usage (or even "...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

Do we want hats (2016 edition)?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and, as last year, and the year before that, and all the years before that since before the beginning of time... The Winter Bash event is coming up! If you ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

What exactly is History?

I have asked a question here, and was put on-hold. In that question, I would like the clarification of what the living physicists said. but it seems to me that it "the living is no history" on this ...

15 30 50 per page