Calendar and Readings

1 What is the History of Science

Galison, Peter. "Ten Problems in History and Philosophy of Science." Isis 99, no. 1 (2008): 111–24.

Daston, Lorraine. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Science Studies and the History of Science." (PDF) Critical Inquiry 35, no. 4 (2009): 798–813.

Dear, Peter, and Sheila Jasanoff. "Dismantling Boundaries in Science and Technology Studies." Isis 101, no. 4 (2010): 759–74.

Alder, Ken. "The History of Science as Oxymoron: From Scientific Exceptionalism to Episcience." Isis 104, no. 1 (2013): 88–101.

2 Bodies of Knowledge

Buy at Amazon Kuriyama, Shigehisa. The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine. Zone Books, 2002. ISBN: 9780942299892.

Buy at Amazon Lawrence, Christopher, and Steven Shapin. "Introduction." In Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge. University of Chicago Press, 1998, pp.1–19. ISBN: 9780226470146. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Duden, Barbara. "Medicine and the History of the Body." In The Social Construction of Illness: Historical, Sociological & Anthropological Perspectives." Edited by J. Lachmund and G. Stollberg. Coronet Books Incorporated, 1992. ISBN: 9783515058391.

3 Wonders and Monsters Buy at Amazon Daston, Lorraine, and Katharine Park. Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150–1750. Zone Books, 2001. ISBN: 9780942299915.
4 Scientific Revolution I: Society Buy at Amazon Schaffer, Simon, and Steven Shapin. Leviathan and the Air–Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life. Princeton University Press, 2011. Read Introduction. ISBN: 9780691150208. [Preview with Google Books]
5 Scientific Revolution II: Culture Buy at Amazon Harkness, Deborah. The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780300143164.
6 Scientific Revolution III: Economics

Buy at Amazon Cook, Harold J. Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age. Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780300143218.


Buy at Amazon Schiebinger, Londa L. Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World. Harvard University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780674025684.

7 Enlightened Scientists

Buy at Amazon Terrall, Mary. The Man Who Flattened the Earth : Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment. University of Chicago Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780226793610.

Daston, Lorraine, and H. Otto Sibum. "Introduction: Scientific Personae and Their Histories." Science in Context 16, no. 1–2 (2003): 1–8.

8 Narrating Evolution

Buy at Amazon Secord, James A. Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation. University of Chicago Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780226744117. [Preview with Google Books]


Buy at Amazon Browne, Janet. Charles Darwin: The Power of Place. Princeton University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780691114392.

9 Vision and Objectivity

Buy at Amazon Datson, Lorraine, and Peter Galison. Objectivity. Zone Books, 2010. ISBN: 9781890951795.


Buy at Amazon Porter, Theodore M. Trust in Numbers The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life. Princeton University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780691029085.

10 Experimental Lives and Lives of Experiments

Buy at Amazon Kohler, Robert E. Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life. University of Chicago Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780226450636. [Preview with Google Books]

Rheinberger, Hans–Jörg. "Experimental Systems: Historiality, Narration, and Deconstruction." Science in Context 7, no. 1 (1994): 65–81.

11 Big Science

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.History of Science Society 2015 Conference Program (PDF – 2.1MB)


Buy at Amazon Galison, Peter. Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics. University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780226279176. [Preview with Google Books]


Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Krige, John. American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe. MIT Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780262612258. [Preview with Google Books]

12 Science, Empire, and Modernity

Buy at Amazon Mitchell, Timothy. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno–Politics, Modernity. University of California Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780520232624. [Preview with Google Books]

Chambers, David Wade, and Richard Gillespie. "Locality in the History of Science: Colonial Science, Technoscience, and Indigenous Knowledge." Osiris 15 (2000): 221–40.

13 Technoscience

Forman, Paul. "On the Historical Forms of Knowledge Production and Curation: Modernity Entailed Disciplinarity, Postmodernity Entails Antidisciplinarity." Osiris 27, no. 1 (2012): 56–97.


Buy at Amazon Shapin, Steven. The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. University of Chicago Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780226750255.


Buy at Amazon Murphy, Michelle. Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty : Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers. Duke University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780822336716. [Preview with Google Books]


Buy at Amazon Turner, Fred. From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780226817422.