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Proposal: History of Science And Mathematics

So far the followers of History of Science and Mathematics are dominated by physicists and mathematicians, and the questions largely reflect their interests. It seems that would be valuable to include more input from chemists, astronomers, earth scientists, and biologists. So, for some question suggestions to seed thinking in those areas:

Astronomy

 When was it recognized by scientists that the surface temperature of Venus must be extremely high compared to the earth? Was this a surprise discovery of the first space missions, or had it been suspected?

Chemistry

  Who first worked with Silicone polymers?

Earth Science

  What is thought to be the earliest clear explanation of the hydrologic cycle? 

Biology

  Who were some prominent early entomologists, and what were their contributions?
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    Just to remind you: You can ask these example questions yourself (and haven't yet done so). – rem Feb 25 '14 at 13:18
  • I have done so now. – Confutus Feb 26 '14 at 6:15
  • Thanks. (And I see that one of your question has already been upvoted.) – rem Feb 27 '14 at 15:59
  • When it comes to me, feel free to provide even 100 example questions in that post, and the folks who have no ideas on their own could copy&paste them. I'm not sure if it's not against some Area-policies but it could help. – Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt Apr 29 '14 at 12:29

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