Oct – Dec 2019

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Books Received Lists

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The Colonial Life of Pharmaceuticals: Medicines and Modernity in Vietnam (Global Health Histories) by Laurence Monnais
The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America by Michael Rossi
Translating Nature: Cross-Cultural Histories of Early Modern Science (The Early Modern Americas) by Jaime Marroquín Arredondo
Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America’s Final Frontier by Catherine L. Newell
Goldfish (Animal) by Anna Marie Roos
Curves for the Mathematically Curious: An Anthology of the Unpredictable, Historical, Beautiful, and Romantic by Julian Havil
Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity by David S. Richeson
Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) by Amelia Bonea
News from Mars: Mass Media and the Forging of a New Astronomy, 1860-1910 (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) by Joshua Nall
The Sense of Smell in the Middle Ages: A Source of Certainty (Studies in Medieval History and Culture) by Katelynn Robinson
Instrumental Lives: An Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory (Routledge Focus on Modern Subjects) by Pankaj Sekhsaria
The European Encyclopedia: From 1650 to the Twenty-First Century by Jeff Loveland
The Market in Mind: How Financialization Is Shaping Neuroscience, Translational Medicine, and Innovation in Biotechnology (The MIT Press) by Mark Dennis Robinson
Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers: Rabies, Medicine, and Society in an American Metropolis, 1840–1920 (Animals, History, Culture) by Jessica Wang
Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (Irish Studies) by Kathryn Conrad
Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: A Tour of His Botanical Legacy by Ken Thompson
Fiction Without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture by Lynn Festa
The Sense of Movement: An Intellectual History by Roger Smith
Science, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition: Retracing the Origins of Conflict (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) by James C. Ungureanu
Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Medicine, and Causation in the Literature of Late Medieval England (Alembics: Penn Studies in Literature and Science) by Julie Orlemanski
Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle by Bernard Lightman
Magic and the Dignity of Man: Pico della Mirandola and His Oration in Modern Memory by Brian P. Copenhaver
Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole by Sarah Dry
Neptune’s Laboratory: Fantasy, Fear, and Science at Sea by Antony Adler
An Alfred Russel Wallace Companion by Charles H. Smith
The Royal Society: And the Invention of Modern Science by Adrian Tinniswood
The Art of the Bird: The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists by Roger J. Lederer
Wasp (Animal) by Richard Jones
Polar Bear (Animal) by Margery Fee
Into the Field: Human Scientists of Transwar Japan by Miriam L. Kingsberg Kadia
Geographies of City Science: Urban Life and Origin Debates in Late Victorian Dublin (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) by Tanya O'Sullivan
A Science of Our Own: Exhibitions and the Rise of Australian Public Science (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) by Peter H. Hoffenberg
Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (Cinema and Modernity) by Ian Christie
The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade (The Early Modern Americas) by Benjamin Breen
Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History) by Sharon T. Strocchia
Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources by C. Pierce Salguero
Deadly Biocultures: The Ethics of Life-Making by Nadine Ehlers
The Pasts of Roman Anatolia: Interpreters, Traces, Horizons by Felipe Rojas
Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography by Shawn Michelle Smith
The Information Manifold: Why Computers Can't Solve Algorithmic Bias and Fake News (History and Foundations of Information Science) by Antonio Badia
The Construction of Analogy-Based Research Programs: The Lock-and-Key Analogy in 20th Century Biochemistry (Science Studies) by Rebecca Mertens
Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution (Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science) by Alan C. Love
Journal Du Voyage En Hollande 1794: Lalandiana IV (Histoire Des Sciences - Textes) (French Edition) by Jerome Lalande
Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories by Tian Yu Cao
Oxygen, Acids, and Water: Eight Chapters from the Elementary Treatise on Chemistry by Howard J. Fisher
Sifilografía: A History of the Writerly Pox in the Eighteenth-Century Hispanic World (Writing the Early Americas) by Juan Carlos González Espitia
Kepler, Renovateur De L'optique (Histoire Et Philosophie Des Sciences) (French Edition) by Gerard Simon
Real Life Cryptology: Ciphers and Secrets in Early Modern Hungary by Benedek Láng
Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and the Social Determinants of Health by Donald A. Barr
Aristotle's Science of Matter and Motion by Christopher Byrne
JER�NIMO MU�OZ by Victor Navarro Brotons
From Commodification to the Common Good: Reconstructing Science, Technology, and Society by Hans Radder
186.¿entre el fiscal y el verdugo? by Jose Ramon Bertomeu Sanchez
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2019 by Mircea Pitici
Vital Forms: Biological Art, Architecture, and the Dependencies of Life by Jennifer Johung
Paracelsus: An Alchemical Life (Renaissance Lives) by Bruce T. Moran
Hannah's War by Jan Eliasberg
The Papers of Thomas A. Edison: New Beginnings, January 1885–December 1887 (Volume 8) by Thomas A. Edison
Geographers: Biobibliographical Studies, Volume 37 by Elizabeth Baigent
The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 26, 1878 by Charles Darwin
The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 22, 1874 by Charles Darwin
Organisme Et Corps Organique De Leibniz a Kant (Mathesis) (French Edition) by Francois Duchesneau
Glacier: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Peter G. Knight
Trail of Footprints: A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico by Alex Hidalgo
NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement by Stephen P. Waring
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris
Richard Rufus: Sententia cum quaestionibus in libros De anima Aristotelis (Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi) by Jennifer Ottman
By arrangement with Amazon.com, Web users can benefit the Society while purchasing titles currently listed in the Amazon catalog. Each book (or any other kind of merchandise) bought from Amazon using an HSS link or the HSS search box will earn the Society up to 5% of the purchase price. We offer this opportunity as a service to our many Web users, and to help support the costs of our growing Web presence.

Call for Papers: HSS 2020

HSS 2020, 8 to 11 October 2020, hssmeeting.org

HSS Annual Meeting

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | 8-11 October 2020

Deadline for Proposals: Sunday, 1 March 2020 (23:59 EST)

The History of Science Society (HSS) will hold its 2020 conference in New Orleans, LA, USA. This will be a joint meeting with the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The Society encourages submissions on all topics.

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HSS Newsletter (Oct 2019)

HSS October 2019 Newsletter Cover featuring Utrecht, the Netherlands Welcome to the Oct. 2019 issue of the HSS Newsletter, a well-packed volume with goodies for and from our members from different walks of life in history of science.

Even as we are delighted to be welcoming the newest initiates to the profession—who tell us a bit about their research and what makes them tick in HPS—we are also sadly reminded of those whom we have lost. To paraphrase Michael Ruse’s apt goodbye, we mourn their passing but celebrate their lives.

Last year’s Pfizer Award winner Anita Guerrini shares some insights about her book, and Kristen Frederick-Frost offers a glimpse into her job as a curator of scientific objects in a history museum.

We have our usual round-up of news from members, the society and the profession at large, the growing size of which sections offer evidence that we are a vibrant and robust company of like minds and shared interests.

HSS Newsletter Editor
Neeraja Sankaran

July – Sept 2019

Previous Isis
Books Received Lists

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Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920
Aristotle's Science of Matter and Motion
Experimental Selves: Person and Experience in Early Modern Europe
Organisme Et Corps Organique De Leibniz a Kant (Mathesis) (French Edition)
An Unnatural History of Religions: Academia, Post-truth and the Quest for Scientific Knowledge (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation)
The Spirit of Inquiry: How one extraordinary society shaped modern science
Hot Carbon: Carbon-14 and a Revolution in Science
Richard Rufus: Sententia cum quaestionibus in libros De anima Aristotelis (Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi)
Speculum Medicine
Familienkorrespondenz: August 1854 Bis Marz 1857 (German Edition)
Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father
Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Cambridge Classical Studies)
Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology
Drugs on the Page: Pharmacopoeias and Healing Knowledge in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Ydea astronomica de la fabrica del mundo y movimiento de los cuerpos celestiales
Experimenting at the Boundaries of Life: Organic Vitality in Germany around 1800 (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century)
A New Order of Medicine: The Rise of Physicians in Reformation Nuremberg
Psychiatry and Its Discontents
The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia (Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology Book 23)
All Things Harmless, Useful, and Ornamental: Environmental Transformation through Species Acclimatization, from Colonial Australia to the World (Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges)
Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (Feminist Technosciences)
Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge
How We Teach Science: What's Changed, and Why It Matters
Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration
Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution
Membranes to Molecular Machines: Active Matter and the Remaking of Life (Synthesis)
Stanley's Dream: The Medical Expedition to Easter Island (Carleton Library Series)
What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)
Showcasing Science: A History of Teylers Museum in the Nineteenth Century (History of Science and Scholarship in the Netherlands)
Jane Addams's Evolutionary Theorizing: Constructing
Otto Blumenthal: Ausgewählte Briefe und Schriften I: 1897-1918 (Mathematik im Kontext) (German Edition)
A Contagious Cause: The American Hunt for Cancer Viruses and the Rise of Molecular Medicine
Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution
By arrangement with Amazon.com, Web users can benefit the Society while purchasing titles currently listed in the Amazon catalog. Each book (or any other kind of merchandise) bought from Amazon using an HSS link or the HSS search box will earn the Society up to 5% of the purchase price. We offer this opportunity as a service to our many Web users, and to help support the costs of our growing Web presence.

HSS Council Early Career Representative – Call for Nominations and Voting Information

Beginning in 2020, the History of Science Society council will include an early career representative (ECR), serving a three year term (2020-2023). The successful candidate will represent graduate student and early career interests, provide an early career scholar’s perspective to other council members, and keep the early career and graduate community abreast of relevant HSS policies and initiatives. This is a non-voting council position. For more information about HSS council, please see here.

The HSS Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) is facilitating the call for nominations for this position and subsequent election. All graduate students and early career members of HSS in good standing are members of GECC and eligible to vote in this election. You may check your membership status here. Graduate student memberships are $36/year and those who have received their PhD in the last year are eligible for a year of membership a no cost, see here for details. We invite any interested individuals to nominate themselves for this position or have others nominate them.

Interested candidates or those interested in nominating others should keep the following in mind:

  • Candidates must be a graduate student or early career member of HSS in good standing at the time of the election.
  • For the purposes of this position, “early career” is defined as “having received a Ph.D. within the last five years.” Nominees for the position should either a) fit this description when they are nominated (i.e., have received a Ph.D. in the last five years, even if they will be more than five years past graduation by the end of the position term of 2023), or b) be current graduate students who are within a year of completing their degree.
  • Nominees can nominate themselves, or they can be nominated by others. All nominees must be seconded.
  • All candidates are required to write a candidate statement (no more than 300 words), which will be posted on the GECC website
  • This position is not a GECC officership and no current GECC officers are eligible to run.
  • HSS will cover the ECR’s major expenses (registration, transportation, and housing) for HSS annual meetings (New Orleans 2020, Mérida 2021, TBD 2022).

All nominations must be submitted and seconded by November 15, 2019. Voting will take place through the GECC website from November 25 through December 6, 2019. Both nominations and seconds should be submitted via email to hss.gecc@gmail.com. Please also email this address with any questions or concerns.

HSS 2019 – Elizabeth Paris Lecture at Railway Museum


📸 Ronald Korsse

Musical Performance

To open the 2019 Elizabeth Paris Engagement Lecture, Susanna Bloem performed, “Composing Human Time.” Video below.

HSS 2019 – Prize Ceremony, Distinguished Lecture, and Reception

Photography by Martin Hols

HSS 2019 – Plenary Session and Opening Reception

Photography by Martin Hols