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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On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience by Michael D. Gordin
By: Michael D. Gordin

Everyone has heard of the term "pseudoscience", typically used to describe something that looks like science, but is somehow false, misleading, or unproven.

Risk on the Table: Food Production, Health, and the Environment

Over the last century, the industrialization of agriculture and processing technologies have made food abundant and relatively inexpensive for much of the world’s population.

The Experimental Fire: Inventing English Alchemy, 1300-1700 by Jennifer Rampling
By: Jennifer M. Rampling

In medieval and early modern Europe, the practice of alchemy promised extraordinary physical transformations.

Power and Time Edited by Dan Edelstein, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Natasha Wheatley

Time is the backdrop of historical inquiry, yet it is much more than a featureless setting for events. Different temporalities interact dynamically; sometimes they coexist tensely, sometimes they clash violently.

Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China by He Bian
By: He Bian
A cultural history of the concept of pharmacy, both the material nature of drugs and the trade in medicine, in early modern China