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Does HSM also include the history of technology?

I want to ask why the V-2 rocket was made with ethanol and liquid oxygen, which had a specific impulse of 215 seconds at sea level, when a solid rocket using APCP gets 237 seconds. In addition, a ...
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Is Economics on Topic Here?

This question inspired by this question, which has several close votes. Economics is a "social" science. But it is considered a "science" by the Nobel Prize Committee. Moreover, the question is about ...
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Are questions about science-related linguistics on-topic?

Today, we had this question: Is "de" in "de Morgan" supposed to be capitalized or not? A couple days ago, we had this question: History of the term innovation and its difference ...
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What fields of study are on topic here?

According to Wikipedia, The history of science is the study of the historical development of science and scientific knowledge, including both the natural sciences and social sciences. There have ...
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Lessons for the future.

Today, we had this question posted. In its original form, it read Why do we see things? Yes. That seems unquestionably obvious. But, when i try to think about it in my way. I find it as a mystery. ...
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Are "was this known before"-type question on topic?

I just came across a question which seems off topic to me: see here. Simplified, it is of the form Consider this formula: ... — is it known in the history of mathematics? I doubt this is on topic, ...
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Are questions of the type "Did person X do action Y" on topic?

This question got me thinking, and I can't quite decide whether it should be off-topic or not, so I figure I should get some community input. The problem I have with it is twofold. Firstly, I think ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Discussion about "motivation of concept" kind of questions

Very often in mathematics and related sciences the motivation of a concept is helpful or even fundamental for its understanding. Obviously, this motivation has two origins: a historical one, and a ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why is a question about understanding the atmosphere off topic?

This question is about the history of understanding the nature of the atmosphere. It asks: When was the first time that scientists (or philosophers, etc) suggested that the air surrounding the ...
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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. ...
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