The Grid

The Grid

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I had no idea how developed our historiography of the American power grid has become. That is, until, I finished reading this week's H-S...
An Act of Curation: HSS 2010

An Act of Curation: HSS 2010

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Below (after the "read more" bit), you will find a listing of all papers from the upcoming History of Science Society's Annual...
Manifesto (beta version, b/c that's what we do online)

Manifesto (beta version, b/c that's what we do online)

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One of my fondest hopes for this blog---and for the Forum for the History of Science in America generally---is that it will help us build a ...
You're Shirley Jackson!

You're Shirley Jackson!

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I spent some time teaching elementary school before heading back to grad school. One of the favorite games at our after-school program was &...
New to the HOS Blogosphere

New to the HOS Blogosphere

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There's a new arrival on the scene and it looks promising for our crowd. The Bubble Chamber traces the thought lines (and decay paths?)...
Stories of Ideas/Science in America

Stories of Ideas/Science in America

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A colleague shared this podcast with me earlier this summer. In it, Louis Menand gives the short version of his pulitzer prize-winning Th...
HSS mentorship, for young scholars

HSS mentorship, for young scholars

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For those young scholars among Americanscience readers, take note of the opportunity to benefit from HSS veterans' wisdom at November&#...
What have you been reading this summer?

What have you been reading this summer?

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Historians of science in America, what have you been reading? What was worth the effort so far this summer? Share some recommendations. ...
"a symbol of American technological verisimilitude"

"a symbol of American technological verisimilitude"

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This may wrap up our "Scuttling the Shuttle" series. Historian Roger Launius puts in his two cents on his terrific blog. He's ...
Because Ether Doesn't Propagate Itself

Because Ether Doesn't Propagate Itself

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Or who knows, maybe it does. At any rate, our History of Science blogging friends at Ether Wave Propaganda are on vacation. That provides...
Laserfest!

Laserfest!

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Seriously, laserfest ! I'm digging this fantastic history of the laser , courtesy of the American Institute of Physics . You should to...
Science and Spills

Science and Spills

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While we anxiously await a closer telling of the geologists in Afghanistan tale, there are some fascinating moments of science in action to...
Bankrupted by Scientific Complexity?

Bankrupted by Scientific Complexity?

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I glanced over the scientific/medical dichotomy in my last post. Now I see that Atul Gawande has attacked it head on . Science has made medi...
"Rare books on their way to the Internet Archive scanning pod"

"Rare books on their way to the Internet Archive scanning pod"

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That's right: we live in a world with scanning pods . How magical. Those scanning pods are doing good work, too. The Center for the Hi...
Even the Canadians Claim Edison

Even the Canadians Claim Edison

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Thomas Edison may have only come in ninth on the Atlantic's list of the top 100 most influential Americans , but amongst Victorians ensh...
US Geologists Discover Soviet Documents, Lithium Exploitation Ensues.

US Geologists Discover Soviet Documents, Lithium Exploitation Ensues.

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The New York Times gives the barest outline to a truly momentous piece of archival work, albeit one done by historians of another sort tha...
Decentering National Narratives and Historicizing the Shuttle

Decentering National Narratives and Historicizing the Shuttle

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Our Scuttle the Shuttle series continues with a fortuitous offering from Asif Siddiqi, whose wide-ranging, thoughtful historiographic essay...
American Birds

American Birds

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The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati has posted a wonderful little exhibit full of illustrations from ornithological illustrators. It...
Drivers of American Space Policy

Drivers of American Space Policy

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We began our "Scuttle the Shuttle" series with the question: how can we use history to better understand the recent decision to en...
Shuttle Primer

Shuttle Primer

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Don't know much about the shuttle program's history? MIT's OpenCourseWare provides the perfect place to start: a guest lecture f...
Historicizing the Decision to Scuttle the Shuttle

Historicizing the Decision to Scuttle the Shuttle

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This marks the first in what I hope will be a series of historical comments on NASA's transition away from the Space Shuttle. Robert R. ...
But how much will it cost?

But how much will it cost?

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The HSS newsletter notes that the University of Chicago Press has joined other presses in JSTOR's Current Scholarship Program , which p...
Primary Source Challenge #1: "I just might be in there."

Primary Source Challenge #1: "I just might be in there."

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In the tradition of the great mathematical problem challenges of the last four centuries, Americanscience is kicking off a series of challen...
What a difference 45 years makes.

What a difference 45 years makes.

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Today's headline: Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off for Final Planned Mission Compare that to this video showing highlights from NASA's ...
Science, American Petroleum Institute Style

Science, American Petroleum Institute Style

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This is the first of a series of posts this week drawn from wonderful resources available to us thanks to the Prelinger Library's vast...
A postman, a streetsweeper,...

A postman, a streetsweeper,...

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...all that was missing were the Bridges of Königsberg . A few days ago I was strolling around our quiet neighborhood with my infant son. ...
Novel Historiography

Novel Historiography

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I celebrated the end of the semester by cracking open Katherine Howe's delightful novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane . I pick...
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