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September 18, 2014

2014 Introductory Symposium

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Join us as prominent and up-and-coming scholars present non-stop, ten-minute lectures on their latest research in the history of science, technology and medicine.


Past PACHS Events

September 10, 2014

Ronen Segev, Tel-Aviv University

The Israeli Defense Force Nursing Development between 1948-2000
The Israeli Defense Force Nursing Development between 1948-2000

May 15, 2014

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

March 25, 2014

Matt Jones, Columbia University; Helen 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

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Electrical Machine used by Benjamin Franklin for experiments, ca. 1742-1747.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

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Working Groups

September 17, 2014

Human Sciences

Erika Milam of Princeton University will introduce selections from Aaron Panofky’s Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (Chicago, 2014).

October 1, 2014

Physical Sciences


October 7, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 1-135 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition) as well as pp. 62-81, “Neither Vitalism Nor Materialism” from Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett.

October 8, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for the 10/8 meeting.  Gary Hatfield will introduce these as well as a review of Objectivity by Ian Kidd from Philosophy in Review, 2009.

October 9, 2014

Early Sciences

Darin Hayton will introduce chapter six, “The Trouble with Taxa,” from Daryn Lehoux’s What did the Romans Know?  An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.

October 14, 2014

Medicine and Health


October 16, 2014



February 5, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences