The Pseudodoxia Epidemica
Published 08 Mar 2009. Tags: books, history, old-dead-white-guys, science.
In the 1600s a doctor named Thomas Browne wrote a comprehensive refutation of many of the superstitions of his day. This has recently been published online.
Some of the propositions he refutes:
- The common Tenent, that Crystall is nothing else but Ice strongly congealed.
- That bitter Almonds are preservatives against Ebriety.
- That an Elephant hath no joints.
- That Iews stinke.
- Concerning the beginning of the world, that the time thereof is not precisely knowne, as commonly it is presumed.
You get the idea. This book is amazing.