The Story of History

When reading through chapter one three different models were presented: progressive history, paradigm shift history and ecosystem theory. Before digging deeper let’s discuss what these different histories are. Progressive history or better known as Great man history is how one very intellectual and talented person has so much impact with their actions that is endsContinue reading “The Story of History”

The Story of History

When reading through chapter one three different models were presented: progressive history, paradigm shift history and ecosystem theory. Before digging deeper let’s discuss what these different histories are. Progressive history or better known as Great man history is how one very intellectual and talented person has so much impact with their actions that is endsContinue reading “The Story of History”

How Science Progresses

In the first chapter of his book, Johnson describes three different models of the history of science. First, he discusses the great man theory the concept that science progresses thanks to the individual brilliance or achievement of one man. This model takes into account the achievement of great science historically but missed the “forces greaterContinue reading “How Science Progresses”

I probably should have drank coffee before making this…

In the first chapter of the book The Invention of Air the author, Steven Johnson provides three models for understanding the history of science. The first model is known as “progressive” or “great man” history and relies on the findings of specific individuals to explain the advancements made in science. This model is quite simplisticContinue reading “I probably should have drank coffee before making this…”

History Explained? Maybe Not

The Great Man” model is the minimalistic explanation of history. There are many factors greater and lesser than man that affect how history plays out. The Kuhnian Model explains that people accept a certain model until there are data point or anomalies that cannot be explained. Then a bold person will research until he canContinue reading “History Explained? Maybe Not”

Why everything is the way it is.

The great man theory is the oldest of the three theories and historically seems to be the most used. It argues that history has been highly influenced by a chain of “great men.” These people stand apart from the crowd when we look back into history; their strength, insight, fortitude and inspiration drove society forwardContinue reading “Why everything is the way it is.”

Old White Men and their Crazy Ideas

The great man theory is the effect of influential figures who have had an impactful historical effect. These forces are both larger and smaller than the individual itself, but those like Marx and have change societies’ views on how we interact with our surroundings. Marx himself identified three primary forces, the class struggle, the evolutionContinue reading “Old White Men and their Crazy Ideas”

A different model for a different point of view

In response to the prompts I will first analyze the models of history. In the reading from The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson there are three models in the history of science presented. The first model is the great man history where the actions of one very smart person impacts the world so muchContinue reading “A different model for a different point of view”

Mountains, Mint Sprigs and Mephitic Air

By Emily Foss Midway through the first chapter of The Invention of Air, Steven Johnson outlines three models to explain how advancements in science arise throughout history and explores the prime movers behind them. He begins with the progressive model which asserts that scientific discovery behaves like a conveyor belt moving steadily upward, building upon theContinue reading “Mountains, Mint Sprigs and Mephitic Air”

Out of Thin Air

The first chapters of Steven Johnson’s The Invention of Air, outline the scientific ideologies and methods utilized to describe Joseph Priestley’s discovery of oxygen. These ideologies are not only reviewed under the scope of science, but also analyzed under the scope of historical significance. Johnson presents three unique models in order to paint a picture in theContinue reading “Out of Thin Air”