Events in history of science, technology and medicine at or near member institutions or within 75 miles of Philadelphia


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March 31, 2015

Daniel E. Kelm, Independent Scholar

Chemical Glassware: The Aesthetics of Function

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 31, 2015

Vivian Nutton, University College London

Vesalius Correcting Vesalius

New York Academy of Medicine

April 2, 2015

Revier Netz, Stanford University

The Aesthetics of Mathematics

History of Science and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, Princeton University

April 7, 2015

Barbra Mann Wall, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

Education Through the Eyes of Nursing

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Seminar Series

April 8, 2015

Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University

Mental Illness, Civil Rights, and the Politics of American Firearms

History of Science Colloquium, Princeton University

April 9, 2015

Karen Reeds, Independent Researcher

Old Herbals, New Readers

Rutgers University, Bishop Lecture

April 10, 2015

Katherine Ott, Smithsonian Institution

Different Bodies/Hidden Histories

Rutgers University-Camden, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR), and Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH)

April 13, 2015

William Newman, Indiana University

Liberating the Green Lion: Unsolved Mysteries of Isaac Newton’s Alchemical Practice

Columbia University

April 13, 2015

Matthew Wisnioski, Virgina Tech

What Makes Innovators?: ‘Innovation Expertise’ and the Technoscientific Self

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

April 14, 2015

Nandini Bhattacharya, University of Dundee

A Pharmacopeia for India: The Chemistry of Active Principles and Nationalism

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

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Drawing of a dissection of a tadpole, by Joseph Leidy, 1845. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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Working Groups

March 27, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Note Special Date. Jeremy Vetter of the University of Arizona will introduce his paper, “Field Stations and the Problem of Scale: Local, Regional, and Global at the Desert Lab”

March 31, 2015


Note Special Date. Nathan Ensmenger of Indiana University will introduce his paper, “Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of Computing.”

April 1, 2015

Physical Sciences

Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Tech TBA

April 7, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss selections from You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Further details TBA.

April 8, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will discuss Chapters 6 and 7 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity. Kevin Connolly of UPenn will introduce Chapter 6 and Flavia Padovani of Drexel University will introduce Chapter 7.

April 9, 2015

Early Sciences


April 10, 2015

Science Beyond the West

The group will discuss Roberto Chauca of the University of Florida's draft dissertation chapter, "Missionary Foundational Narratives and the Ambiguous Naming of Amazonia."

April 14, 2015

Life Sciences and Natural History

Lijing Jiang, Postdoc, Nanyang Technological University will introduce selections from Animals on Display (eds. Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen Rader, and Adam Dodd; Penn State University Press, 2013) with special guest participant Henry McGhie (Manchester Museum, UK).

April 15, 2015

Human Sciences


April 17, 2015

Medicine and Health

A discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.