Monday, October 18, 2010

The Clash of Civilizations and the History of Technology

One of the sessions at the 2010 meeting of the Society for the History of Technology was called “Kabul to Kolkata and Beyond: The Clash of Civilizations and History of Technology.” A theme that was common to all our talks was how historians of technology, or scholars in the humanities more generally, can engage with audiences who are not in our own professions.

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 10/18 at 01:25 PM
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What are the lessons of the recent history of biomedicine?

Susan Reverby’s recent bombshell that Guatemalan prisoners and mental inmates were deliberately infected with syphilis in the 1940s should do more than prompt mea culpas from the directors of NIH and CDC. But what, exactly, are the lessons we should draw from obviously unethical human experimentation?

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 10/13 at 09:28 PM

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Byzantine Astrology during the Reign of Manuel I Komnenos

A summary on the one history of science paper at the Byzantine Studies Conference raises some possible reasons for the marginalization of Byzantine science within the broader history of science discipline.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/10 at 10:33 PM

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Maybe Nobody Does Care about Byzantine Science

Another lament about the lack of attention to science in Byzantine studies and history of science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/09 at 07:24 AM

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Explaining Good Questions in the History of Science

It is not enough to model good questions, as I had previously thought. Instead, you must explain why certain questions are a good ones as you model them. The good news is students seem to get it, eventually.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/05 at 10:20 PM

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Popular History of Science for the American G.I.

This post offers a quick look at wartime efforts to popularize the history of science through the Council on Books in Wartime. Among the titles published for U.S. troops overseas was W. Dampier’s A Shorter History of Science.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/02 at 12:54 PM
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