Scholar as Citizen / Scientist as Historian

Scholar as Citizen / Scientist as Historian

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The recent chatter here , and elsewhere , about Bill Cronon’s blog, Scholar as Citizen , has gotten me to thinking about another thread tha...
On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 2 of 2

On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 2 of 2

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What follows is the second in a pair of posts on the recent events involving William Cronon, Wisconsin Republicans, and the intersections ...
On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 1 of 2

On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 1 of 2

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What follows is the first of a pair of posts on the recent events involving William Cronon, Wisconsin Republicans, and the intersections bet...
Arrowsmith Dunks on Gantry

Arrowsmith Dunks on Gantry

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I'm in mourning over Michigan's State's very early exit from the NCAA tournament. Even so, here's a post in honor of March a...
David Brooks and American Science

David Brooks and American Science

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David Brooks has a pretty distinguished resume for a journalist: reporter for the Wall Street Journal, senior editor at the Weekly Standard,...
Japan: Some Thoughts

Japan: Some Thoughts

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I've been thinking about Japan a lot in the last few days. A horrible history is unfolding and, as an academic, I'm grasping for wa...
Errol Morris' Whiggish History of Incommensurability

Errol Morris' Whiggish History of Incommensurability

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"Weird." That was my reaction to Morris' ashtray story when I first heard it in on a Princeton University podcast. Lukas has ...
The (Bentley) Glass is More than Half Full:  An Interview With Audra Wolfe

The (Bentley) Glass is More than Half Full: An Interview With Audra Wolfe

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In keeping with my interest in archives, last week I interviewed Audra Wolfe about her experiences cataloging the papers of geneticist Bentl...
Errol Morris, Kuhn & the Ashtray

Errol Morris, Kuhn & the Ashtray

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Errol Morris published the fourth installment of his five-part personal essay on Kuhn in today’s NY Times.  All of it is worth reading (exc...
Writing, Theory, and the History of Science

Writing, Theory, and the History of Science

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Let me use this post to follow up on "The S cience (Studies) Wars: Daston v. Jasanoff" by linking it up with a few different conv...
Black Markets and Arms Trafficking

Black Markets and Arms Trafficking

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An article in today’s NY Times implicitly asks whether the popular uprising against Col. Muammar Quaddafi poses a threat to the United Stat...
What have you got?

What have you got?

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The Forum wants your articles on American science, and it wants to give someone a prize. See the official announcement: The Forum for th...
The Intimate Life of an American Scientist

The Intimate Life of an American Scientist

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A couple weeks ago, I taught Martha Sandweiss's fascinating Passing Strange for my undergraduate methods seminar. The book exposes and...
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