Tag: History of Science

Alchemy, Metallurgy, and Modern Chemistry in Post-Medieval Europe: An Intersection of Archaeological Science and the History of Science

Yi-Ting Hsu , November 2nd, 2021


Oil on Canvas of a experimental demonstration, public domain What is the first image conjured up in your mind by the word “alchemy”? Influenced by popular culture, it…


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Why is there Need for Long-Term Investment in the Uganda Virus Research Institute, The Home of Zika? by Julia Ross Cummiskey

Julia Ross Cummiskey , March 23rd, 2020


For Luganda click here. In early 2016, people across the United States became aware of a new threat—Zika virus. A New York Times article that April featured a…


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Who feeds (on) whom? Labour and the porosity of environments and bodies by Victoria Stead

Victoria Stead , March 19th, 2020


Hannah Landecker writes about the new metabolism as “a model in which food enters the body and in a sense never leaves it, because food transforms the organism’s…


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Provincializing Metabolism (On the Poverty of Modernism) by Maurizio Meloni

Maurizio Meloni , January 28th, 2020


According to accepted wisdom and textbooks, “metabolism” is a nineteenth-century term and concept, established at the confluence of organic chemistry, cell biology, and physiology. In Microscopical R…


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Susan Squier’s Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor by Rebecca Rahimi

Rebecca Rahimi , October 4th, 2018


Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor Susan Merrill Squier Duke University Press, 2017. 280 pages   Susan Merrill Squier’s Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor is positioned at t…


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History, Ethics, and the Environmental Archive by M. X. Mitchell

M. X. Mitchell , October 12th, 2017


In Marshallese culture the environment itself is sacred.[1] Yet American colonizers used ancestral environments in the Marshall Islands for devastating nuclear weapons testing and related environmenta…


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A World Famous African-American Scientist Puts the Presidential Election in Perspective: “I Am Not Surprised At All”

Christopher Lynn , December 4th, 2016


On Wednesday, the day after our 2017 presidential election, I dreaded having to put on my host face to go out to dinner with Dr. Joseph Graves, our…


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Maurizio Meloni’s “Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics” by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman , September 21st, 2016


Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics Maurizio Meloni Palgrave MacMilllan, 2016, 284 pages   In Political Biology, Maurizio Meloni, one of…


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Sarah Richardson’s Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome by Paula Martin

Paula Martin , July 15th, 2016


Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome Sarah Richardson University of Chicago Press, 2013, 320 pages   In Sex Itself: The Search for…


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Conference Report: Ludwik Fleck’s theory of thought styles and thought collectives – translations and receptions by Sandra Lang

Sandra Lang , June 24th, 2016


Ludwik Fleck’s theory of thought styles and thought collectives – translations and receptions March 10th – 11th 2016 Wrocław, Poland Organizing committee: Paweł Jarnicki (Project Science …


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Robert Michael Brain’s “The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe” by Ashley Bowen-Murphy

Ashley Bowen-Murphy , May 9th, 2016


The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe by Robert M. Brain University of Washington Press, 2016, 384 pages   Given the growing divide between STEM and the arts…


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Top of the Heap: Helen Verran by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , May 4th, 2016


For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Helen Verran, a historian and philosopher of science who is Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin…


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Authors and Impresarios: How to Move Across Disciplines by Hyo Yoon Kang

Hyo Yoon Kang , November 30th, 2015


A conversation with Mario Biagioli. Mario Biagioli is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies, as well as Director of the Center for Science and…


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Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer’s Choice

Scientific American Blog: Anthropology in Practice , May 15th, 2015


As more cultural commodities enter the market, cultural distinctions will become muted to suit the appetites of a wider clientele — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

Scientific American Blog: Anthropology in Practice , May 14th, 2015


The signfiicance of selling a personal substance in the public market. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Culture Bites: The Changing Nature of the Food Truck Industry

Scientific American Blog: Anthropology in Practice , April 24th, 2015


What do you normally have for lunch? Leftovers? A sandwich? Do you bring it from home or do you buy it from a local eatery? In New York…


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Santa Traditions Around the World

Scientific American Blog: Anthropology in Practice , December 24th, 2014


Earlier this week, I shared a link on Twitter to a piece on Brain Pickings on how anthropologist Margaret Mead suggested we talk to children about Santa Claus:…


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