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 in China, 1600–1900
By: Benjamin A. Elman

Distinguished historian Benjamin A Elman's collective volume on the history of science in imperial China, brings together over 30 years of historical literature on the subject.

Scientific Babel: How Science Was Done Before and After Global English by Michael D. Gordin
By: Michael D. Gordin

English is the language of science today. No matter which languages you know, if you want your work seen, studied, and cited, you need to publish in English. But that hasn’t always been the case.

Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine by Angela Creager
By: Angela N. H. Creager

After World War II, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) began mass-producing radioisotopes, sending out nearly 64,000 shipments of radioactive materials to scientists and physicians by 1955.

Pain: A Political History by Keith Wailoo
By: Keith A. Wailoo

Keith Wailoo examines how pain and compassionate relief define a line between society's liberal trends and conservative tendencies.

How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind by Michael Gordin
By: Michael D. Gordin

In the United States at the height of the Cold War, roughly between the end of World War II and the early 1980s, a new project of redefining rationality commanded the attention of sharp minds, powerful politicians, wealthy foundations, and top mil