The Science (Studies) Wars: Daston v. Jasanoff

The Science (Studies) Wars: Daston v. Jasanoff

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As promised, I'm extending my post from last week in light of recent developments: a piece by Sheila Jasanoff and Peter Dear (in the m...
Science and the Defense of Marriage Act

Science and the Defense of Marriage Act

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As many of you no doubt know, the Obama Administration announced a decision to cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ag...
The "Problem" of the Archive

The "Problem" of the Archive

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For many of us, archives are a central feature of our day-to-day work practices. In research practicums we learn about how to identify arch...

Food & History of Science

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Lilian Brown, dressed in a Sari (~1920) When I'm not working, one thing I like to do is cook...
On Selling Your Soul (As Far as the Scientific Content)

On Selling Your Soul (As Far as the Scientific Content)

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A popular post last week featured an interview with Betty Smocovitis , who delivered the Distinguished Lecture at the the Forum for History ...

Naturalist Spies!

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Richard Conniff just published a fascinating piece for his New York Times series on Specimens.  It’...
Structure & Agency in the History of Science

Structure & Agency in the History of Science

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Hank has been sending me text messages about not posting enough. He’s also encouraged me to pick a fight with him. Let me take up the chal...

On Being a Scientist *and* a Historian

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Last week, Joanna drew our attention to the fascinating (and well illustrated!) story of the cytoge...
Review: American Social Sciences Roundtable

Review: American Social Sciences Roundtable

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Last week, Princeton's Modern America Workshop hosted a round-table on the history of the social sciences in America (co-sponsored by th...
Introducing New Staff and Format

Introducing New Staff and Format

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In a post on 1 February, AmericanScience in its current and evolving iteration was born. The move from a single- to multi-author format wa...

Smocovitis Distinguished Lecture Published in Genetics

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In November, University of Florida Professor, Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis gave the Distinguished Lect...
Calculating People

Calculating People

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Marine archaeologists should announce today that they have found the remains of the whaleship, the Two Brothers---a vessel captained by the ...
The Dynamic Equilibrium Theory of Government Secrecy

The Dynamic Equilibrium Theory of Government Secrecy

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Secrecy has become a fairly common topic of discussion among historians of science in the past few years. Two very different examples are a...
"Specimens" in the New York Times

"Specimens" in the New York Times

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As someone with a prior and ongoing interest in the history of extinction, I've been following a new column in the New York Times by sci...
Did Tom Kuhn Decide Errol Morris Was Incommensurable?

Did Tom Kuhn Decide Errol Morris Was Incommensurable?

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Errol Morris---in an odd lecture--- claims that Tom Kuhn threw an ashtray at him after an argument over incommensurability turned personal. ...
Change: Happening Before Your Eyes!

Change: Happening Before Your Eyes!

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The Forum for the History of Science in America's blog is changing (drastically!) over the next few weeks. We're getting a face-li...
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