The December 2016 issue of Isis can be found online here. In this issue: “The Accuracy of Ancient Cartography Reassessed: The Longitude Error in Ptolemy’s Map,” by Dmitry A. Shcheglov; “Francis Bacon and Magnetical Cosmology,” by Xiaona Wang; “The Age of Methods: William Whewell, Charles Peirce, and Scientific Kinds,” by Henry M. Cowles; “Species Complex: Classification and Conservation in American Environmental History,” by Peter S. Alagona.
Our October Newsletter is now online. In this issue John Krige welcomes us to Atlanta for the 2016 HSS Meeting; Mark Bourgeois asks “Should We Teach Science and Engineering as Practices?”; Keith R. Bengtsson and Alistair Sponsel’s tribute to Ronald Rainger; as well as member news and other news from the profession, including the announcement of many distinguished fellowships.
The latest issue of Osiris is now available to view online. This issue is titled History of Science and the Emotions and was edited by Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, Pilar León-Sanz.
The series editors for Osiris are W. Patrick McCray and Suman Seth.
In its strategic plan, HSS identified professional development as one of its six goals. Specifically, the Society is focusing on supporting the “professional development of emerging history of science scholars in and outside the academy.” One of the ways in which the HSS can help our members advance their research and teaching is to facilitate access to the literature, and we are pleased to work with JSTOR to offer a 50% savings on a one year JPASS subscription for members. JPASS, available as monthly or yearly plans, allows you to read whatever journal article you like and enjoy up to 120 PDF downloads a year from the JSTOR archive, an archive with over 7 million articles from 2 thousand journals (including Isis and Osiris), representing some 50 academic disciplines. Continue reading
The HSS is sponsoring its 3rd annual THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) at HSS 2016 for anyone either doing or considering a project involving digital technology. People of all experience levels are welcome — newbies as well as experienced coders. Continue reading
The runoff election is now complete and we can announce the results of our 2016 election. But first, we would like to thank our nominating committee (Fa-ti Fan, chair; Tara Abraham; Staffan Müller-Wille; Harriet Ritvo; Audra Wolfe) for assembling a fantastic slate. This year’s nominating committee faced a special challenge as they accommodated new elected positions established by our recently adopted bylaws. We also wish to express our deep gratitude to all of those who agreed to run for office.
The 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST) will be located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 23rd to the 29th of July 2017. Continue reading
The 2017 meeting of International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will be held at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo; those attending this meeting will also be able to participate in the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST).
For more information about the ISHPSSB meeting in general, please click here.
The Elizabeth Paris Endowment for Socially Engaged History and Philosophy of Science honors the life and interests of Elizabeth Paris (1968-2009), a historian and philosopher of science and HSS member. The Endowment aims to provide for a regular public event that will bring to a wider audience an understanding of the value of the history and philosophy of science. The first event was a Baskes Lecture in History, presented by Peter Galison at the Chicago Humanities festival titled “From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time.”
For more information on Elizabeth, the Endowment, and how to give, please click this link.
The History of Science Society has finalized arrangements for the dates and sites for the annual meetings through 2018. Future HSS meetings are scheduled for:
3-6 November 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia
9-12 November 2017 – Toronto, Ontario
1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington
early August 2019 – Utrecht, The Netherlands (dates TBD)