Teaching Farmers to Be Men

Teaching Farmers to Be Men

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It may be apocryphal, but Liberty Hyde Bailey (one of my heros) once explained that he did not teach "men to be farmers" in his h...
Looking at Science

Looking at Science

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I don't spend much time thinking about science and images, but I know I should spend more. Two pieces of evidence. 1) This collection ...
Save the Date for the 47th  Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology

Save the Date for the 47th Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology

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The 47th Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning with an opening recepti...
Science and The New Inquiry

Science and The New Inquiry

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A few weeks ago, a piece in the NYT Style Section called " New York's Literary Cubs " was making the rounds. It profiled Th...
Mergers & Bailouts in American History

Mergers & Bailouts in American History

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Elizabeth Warren As some of you know, I am very interested in the various occupy movements that, until recently, were going on all over ...
Pre-science/Prescience and the History of the Future

Pre-science/Prescience and the History of the Future

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Just a quick post to direct our readers' attention to this week's themed issue of the New York Times "Science Times" on &q...
Asbestos, and Pesticides, and Web-links, Oh My!

Asbestos, and Pesticides, and Web-links, Oh My!

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I've recently happened upon a couple different attempts to recreate the history of two sci-enviro-tech villains of the late twentieth ce...
Historians and their Index Numbers

Historians and their Index Numbers

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John Steele Gordon argues ---over on Bloomberg's recently revamped "echoes" blog---that historians of the US stock market in t...

Do we still need harvest festivals?

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Loyal AmericanScience reader Anna Zeide wonders about Thanksgiving in a post-can world over at the Food Studies section of Grist. Check it o...
Beyond Presentism vs. Historicism in the History of Anthropology

Beyond Presentism vs. Historicism in the History of Anthropology

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This weekend I participated in the Stocking Symposium at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting in Montreal. Nam...

AmericanScience in Literature: Pynchon

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What's the place of science (specifically, American science) in literature (specifically, American literature)? While literary scholars ...
American science and the budget crisis

American science and the budget crisis

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Last week's issue of Science  included a number of short articles on the effects of the budget crisis on science funding in the United S...
What Science Does to the Environment

What Science Does to the Environment

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I noticed a fascinating Call For Papers this morning on h-net for a conference on "Science, Space, and the Environment," sponsore...
4S/HSS/SHOT Recap #2

4S/HSS/SHOT Recap #2

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I very much agreed with Hank's recent post about this year's HSS, so I thought I'd add my two cents.  In particular, I wante...
Because Raccoon Intelligence Really Is a Problem

Because Raccoon Intelligence Really Is a Problem

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...for science! At the recent meeting of the Forum for the History of Science in America at HSS, David Spanagel awarded Michael Pettit of...
4S/HSS/SHOT Recap #1

4S/HSS/SHOT Recap #1

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As announced in a recent post, the whole sick crew spent last weekend in Cleveland at the jointly-located 4S, HSS, and SHOT meetings. Divid...

Dr. Cynthia Beall and the Science of Human Adaptability

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This Friday, Nov. 4 at 12pm, those attending the FHSA distinguished scientist lecture will have the privilege of hearing from and talking w...
"Science Conservatively Defined"

"Science Conservatively Defined"

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Reflecting on how we came to name ourselves "AmericanScience" as HSS approaches, I noticed an interesting thing under our "Ab...
AmericanScience Goes to Cleveland

AmericanScience Goes to Cleveland

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AmericanScience will be all over the place at the jointly-held annual meetings of HSS/SHOT/4S in Cleveland next week. We're looking for...

Race and Violence in Occupied Oakland

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Oakland Police Arresting a Protestor, from the NY Times website. According to the NY Times and the Oakland Tribune , about 1,000 ...

The Buzz on Google NGram Viewer

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'Tis the season for conference presentations. A time when people are compelled to make grand statements and mobilize snappy visuals to ...
Moon Trees

Moon Trees

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A few weeks ago, Joanna joked that I should write a guest post on a subject she and I both find intriguing: moon trees. Even though I find m...
Carlo Ginzburg on the Historian's Craft

Carlo Ginzburg on the Historian's Craft

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This week, the father of the modern microhistory and one of the godparents of modern cultural history in general spoke at the Institute for ...

Gould's fundamental miscalculation

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[[Updated on 6 July 2012, to fix a few errors or poor phrasings in my original summary of Lewis et. al.'s paper, following on a producti...

Science & Religion in America

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Last weekend, I co-organized Princeton's American Studies Graduate Conference. Our topic was "Science and Religion in America,"...

Cinematic Cultural Cartography: Scientists in Hollywood

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Kubrick and Clarke working on 2001 This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in...
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