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


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February 17, 2016

Simon Werrett, University College London

Household Economy and Chemical Inquiry, 1760-1840

Drexel University, Center for Science, Technology, and Society (Philadelphia, PA)

February 18, 2016

Katherine Epstein, Rutgers University-Camden

State Secrets: Defense Contracting, Intellectual Property, and the Hidden History of National-Security Information

Smithsonian Institution - History Seminar on Contemporary Science and Technology (Washington, DC)

February 18, 2016

Lawrence D’Antonio, Ramapo College

When Mathematicians were Rock Stars: the Academies of Science in the 18th Century

The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (Villanova, PA)

February 22, 2016

Simon Werrett, University College London

“Household Oeconomy and Chemical Inquiry, 1760 to 1840

Chemical Heritage Foundation - Brown Bag Lectures (Philadelphia, PA)

March 14, 2016

Jenny Beckman, Uppsala University

The Publication Strategies of Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779–1848)

Chemical Heritage Foundation - Brown Bag Lectures (Philadelphia, PA)

April 6, 2016

Containment - A Film by Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Consortium for HSTM; Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

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William Wagner (1796-1885) by Thomas Sully, 1836. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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April 13, 2015


February 10, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Nancy Nersessian's Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 1 & 2. Group members are asked to obtain their own copies of the text.

February 12, 2016

Science Beyond the West

Fa-ti Fan from Binghamton University will introduce a chapter, "The People’s War against Earthquakes: Cultures of Mass Science in Mao’s China'" from his forthcoming book on earthquakes in China and Debjani Bhattacharya of Drexel will provide comments to start the discussion.

February 16, 2016


Layne Karafantis of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will introduce a dissertation chapter, “The Blue Cube: Cold War Espionage Hidden in Plain Sight.”

February 17, 2016

Physical Sciences

Kristie Macrakis of Georgia Tech and ​the Woodrow ​Wilson Center will introduce her paper, “How We Really Found Missiles on Cuba: A Story about Myths, Technology and Secret Agents.”

February 19, 2016

Medicine and Health

Wendy Kline (Purdue University) will share a chapter from her book-in-progress, Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America, Judith Walzer Leavitt (U. Madison at Wisconsin) and Barbara Katz Rothman (Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center) will provide commentary, and the group will discuss.

March 1, 2016

History and Theory


March 2, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences


March 3, 2016

Biological Sciences


March 10, 2016

Early Sciences


October 5, 2016

Human Sciences