Research and Publications

History of Science faculty and associated faculty regularly publish on topics of scolarly interest in the areas of science, technology, and medicine.

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Science without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives by Angela Creager

Physicists regularly invoke universal laws, such as those of motion and electromagnetism, to explain events. Biological and medical scientists have no such laws.

Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War by Michael Gordin
By: Michael D. Gordin

Most Americans believe that the Second World War ended because the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender.

The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease Keith A. Wailoo and Stephen Pemberton
By: Keith A. Wailoo

Why do racial and ethnic controversies become attached, as they often do, to discussions of modern genetics? How do theories about genetic difference become entangled with political debates about cultural and group differences in America?

On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 by Benjamin Elman
By: Benjamin A. Elman

In On Their Own Terms, Benjamin A. Elman offers a much-needed synthesis of early Chinese science during the Jesuit period (1600-1800) and the modern sciences as they evolved in China under Protestant influence (1840s-1900).

Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest by D. Graham Burnett
By: D. Graham Burnett

In 1629, the natural philosopher René Descartes enticed a young artisan to undertake a secretive project, one that promised to revolutionize early modern astronomy.

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