Three Societies Meeting was Brilliant!
Tapping into current British slang, I would rate the recent Three Societies Meeting of the Canadian, British and US history of science organizations as ‘brilliant.’
From the well-attended opening address at American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Hall, to the great mixer at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and then to numerous parallel sessions, field trips to museums, breakfast get-togethers, and finally to the closing session and banquet, conference-goers were brimming with enthusiasm. Judging from the Twitter feed for the conference, with the hashtag “#3soc”, much fun was had. Interesting discussions in the conference venues continued online.
Nicely, many young people (in graduate programs or recent PhDs) attended the conference, lending much energy, and showing how the field of history of science is vital!
Moreover, the conference was a fantastic opportunity to display Philadelphia’s extraordinary history of science resources, from the Wagner to the Mutter, the APS, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Penn itself--the list goes on and on. Penn’s historic campus offered an ideal setting. All in all, it was a smashing success!