Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center

May 15, 2014

Personalized medicine in historical perspective: from antiquity to the genome age

Johns Hopkins University, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Past PACHS Events

March 25, 2014

Matt Jones, Columbia University; Hellen Nissenbaum, New York University

Technology, Privacy and Security

January 29, 2014

David Kirsch, University of Maryland

The Electric Vehicle: Past, Present… and Future?

September 20, 2013

2013 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2013

Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University

Voyager and the Third Great Age of Discovery

May 11, 2013

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of the Physical Sciences

May 3, 2013

Symposium Honoring the Career and Scholarship of Ruth Schwartz Cowan

April 25, 2013

Darin Hayton, Rebecca Onion, Elly Truitt, and Mike Yudell

Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science

April 21, 2013

Rachel Poliquin and Beth Beverly

Skinned, Stuffed and Mounted: The History, Culture and How-to of Taxidermy

March 15, 2013

Conevery Bolton Valencius

Vernacular Science of the New Madrid Earthquakes: Creating Knowledge in the Early United States

March 15, 2013

Workshop for the History of the Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science

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John Harrison, Air-Pump Case. Philadelphia, 1739.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

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Working Groups

March 6, 2014

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Selections from Daniel Schneider’s Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem.

April 1, 2014

Medicine and Health

Julia Mansfield of Stanford University and PACHS will introduce her paper, “Restoring Civility to Commerce: Samuel Mitchill’s Response to Quarantine in the Napoleonic Age.”

April 8, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 233-356 of Bruno Latour’s An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

April 9, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

April 10, 2014

Early Sciences

Alisha Rankin of Tufts will introduce her draft paper, “To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe.”

April 16, 2014

Human Sciences

Jamie Cohen-Cole will introduce the “Introduction” and chapter 5, “Scientists as the Model of Human Nature,” from his book, The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature, Chicago 2014.

April 17, 2014


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

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.”