The Philadelphia area is fortunate to have an abundance of events in the history of science, technology and medicine. The Center:


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September 22, 2014

Charles Rosenberg, Harvard University

The Efficacy of Placebos: An Historian’s Perspective

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

September 23, 2014

William Brock

The History of Chemistry in 30 Minutes Flat

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

September 23, 2014

Pablo F. Gómez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Truth, Evidence, and Corporeal Knowledge in the Early Modern Caribbean

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Seminar

September 23, 2014

Suyoung Suh, Dartmouth University

Naming and Identity: ‘Local Botanicals’ in the Korean Tradition of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

September 23, 2014

Rachel Elder, University of Pennsylvania

Is he a manly type of man?: Gender, Labor, and the Training of a New Professional Identity at the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing for Men, 1919-1939

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

September 24, 2014

Susan Glassman

Organizing Nature: Joseph Leidy and the Design of the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Wagner Free Institute of Science

September 25, 2014

Nükhet Varlik, Rutgers University, Newark

“Shall do no harm to the health of the Muslims”: Healers and the State in Early Modern Ottoman Society

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

September 27, 2014

Professionalizing Medicine and Nursing: The Early Years. A Colloquium on Enduring Issues in American Health Care

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, the Measley Foundation

September 30, 2014

Jeffrey Johnson, Villanova University

Emil Fischer’s Dream: A ‘Synthetic-Chemical Biology’ in the Early 20th Century

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

206" rolling mill at Lukens Steel Company, Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.

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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

Jessica Wang of UBC will introduce her “Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self: Merle Tuve’s Cold War”, HSNS v.42 n.5.

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 16, 2014



January 13, 2015

Medicine and Health


February 5, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences