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


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April 24, 2014

HW Barbara Naddeo (The City College of New York)

State Secrets for the Public Sphere: The Practice of Geography and the Circulation of Political Information in Enlightenment Europe

Johns Hopkins University

April 25, 2014

Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University

Drama and Disbelief in Climate Science

Princeton University

April 28, 2014

Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney

Becoming Autoimmune: Immunological Histories of the Modern Self

University of Pennsylvania Department of History and Sociology of Science

April 29, 2014

Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware

The Switch to Modernity: Life in the Age of Electricity

University of Delaware

April 29, 2014

Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Rules of Iron, Rules of Lead: A Prehistory of an Indispensable and Impossible Genre

Laurence Stone Lectures, Princeton University

April 29, 2014

Allan Schwartz

FDR’s Secret Illnesses and the End of WWII: Hypertension, Heart Failure, Stroke, Polio, and the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Department of History & Politics, Drexel University

April 30, 2014

Bridget Gurtler, Princeton University

Rehabilitative Insemination: Disability and The Gendered Politics of Infertility Treatment in Cold War America

Barbara Bates Center, University of Pennsylvania

April 30, 2014

Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Rules Go Rigid: Natural Laws, Calculations, and Algorithms

Laurence Stone Lectures, Princeton University

April 30, 2014

Barbra Mann Wall, Barbara Bates Center

Women in the Civil War: Nursing—Professional & Otherwise

Barbara Bates Center

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From Daniel Elliot’s A monograph of the Phasianidæ, or family of the pheasants, 1872. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Working Groups

April 17, 2014


Jeff Womack of the University of Houston, will introduce his paper, “Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine.”

April 29, 2014

History and Theory

Note Special Day The group will discuss pp357-484 of Bruno Latour’s An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

May 1, 2014

Earth and Environmental Sciences


May 6, 2014

Medicine and Health

Deanna Day of UPenn will introduce her “Beyond the Elbow Test: Thermometers, Environmental Health, and Technological Stabilization.”

May 7, 2014

Physical Sciences

Joe Martin of Colby College will introduce his paper, “The Simple and Courageous Course: Industrial Patronage of Basic Research at the University of Chicago, 1945–1961.”

May 8, 2014

Early Sciences


May 14, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

Philip Honenberger will introduce a final set of selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

September 17, 2014

Human Sciences