Recently Released Darwin Documents

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday today, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877.  They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the Netherlands. Also online for the first time are the texts of a series of poems written in Darwin’s honour by Friedrich Adler, a young lawyer from Prague.

See the albums and poems here: https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/people/german-and-dutch-photograph-albums

The albums provide a snapshot of networks of supporters of Darwin on the Continent, and will also be a useful resource for people studying Dutch, German and Austrian social history. Very little is known about many of the people featured in these albums. If you can help to identify any of them, please get in touch by contacting the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Dr Francis Neary
Editor, Darwin Correspondence Project
University Library, West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DR, UK
Email:fjn26@cam.ac.uk
Website: www.darwinproject.ac.uk

The January 2018 HPS&ST Note

The January HPS&ST Note is now available online at http://www.hpsst.com/hpsst-note.html

Contents in this month’s note includes the following:

  • Introduction
  • Memorial Service: Robert Sonné Cohen, April 14, Boston University
  • European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference and British Society for the History of Science Annual Meeting, University College, London, 14-17 September 2018
  • 3rd International Conference on the History of Physics under the auspices of the European Physical Society and 4th Early-Career Conference for Historians in the Physical Sciences of the American Institute of Physics, 17-21 October 2018, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  • 4th Latin American Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST-LA), September 3 to 5, 2018, Federal University of ABC, UFABC, Santo André, Brazil
  • HPS & ST Conference at Zhejiang Normal University China
  • Opinion Page: Michael Ruse: Does Life Have Meaning? Or is it Self-Deception at Best and Terrifyingly Absurd at Worst?
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Appointment of Assistant Editor
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science. The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.

Contributions to the note (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, m.matthews@unsw.edu.au .

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Latest Doctoral Dissertations

Attached are the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-02 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts related to your subject area.  ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues.  No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random.  Thus titles will range from 2017-yes they have some 2017 dates-back into the early 1900’s.

There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations.  ProQuest has begun adding numerous titles from many universities world-wide dating back into the early 1900’s.  Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for down loading entire copies on line.

Dissertations January 2018

Dissertations January 2018 – 2

The December HPS&ST Note Now Available

The December HPS&ST Note is on the web at: http://www.hpsst.com/hpsst-note.html

Contents include the following:

  • Introduction
  • HPS & ST Conference at Zhejiang Normal University China
  • Philosophy Publications Archive: New Site for Downloadable Papers
  • 4th Latin American Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST-LA),  September 3 to 5, 2018, Federal University of ABC, UFABC, Santo André, Brazil
  • The International Committee for the History of Technology’s
  • 45th Symposium, 17 to 21 July 2018, Saint-Étienne, France
  • ICOHTEC Prizes for Outstanding Books and Articles in the History of Technology
  • History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching: New Perspectives
  • Rounded Globe, Downloadable Open-Access Books
  • Opinion Page: Mario Bunge, ‘In Defense of Scientism’
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Seeking an Assistant Editor
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.

The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.

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Call for an Editor-in-Chief for the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

Please read the note from Thomas Hockey below:

My publisher, Springer, recently approached me about a potential third edition of the BEA.  (AAS/HAD’s awarding the BEA 2nd. edition with the AAS/HAD Osterbrock Prize may have played a part in their decision.)  Yet I believe that it is time for me to retire to Editor-in-Chief Emeritus.  Should Springer decide to proceed, my role will be to recommend to Springer a new Editor-in-Chief and advise him or her the best I can.

For instance, it will be up to the new Editor-in-Chief to bring to the project a new board of editors and establish a royalties distribution–to be approved by Springer.  (Some of the crack editors from editions 1 and 2 may wish to continue on.)  The Editor-in-Chief also commissions article authors and has the last say on writing style, adherence to guidelines, and content.  The BEA is published in English.

There should be approximately 200 new entries to add to those 1,800 already in the 2nd edition.   There are still some figures from past centuries whom it would be beneficial to include; however, as the birth date limit for BEA 2 was 1920, there will be many persons born in the 1920s yet to add.  The topics of new articles are up to the Editor-in-Chief.  The number of portraits should be increased by approximately ten percent.

I would imagine that the 3rd edition would be published in 2021 or sooner; thus staffing should commence relatively soon.  Ideally, interested parties will be able to discuss the project with a Springer representative and me at January’s AAS/HAD meeting.  For instance, it could then be decided whether the  BEA III is to be paper bound, or e-subscription only.

If there is interest in this rewarding but long-term position, please e-mail me for specifics, at the address below.

Thomas Hockey

Editor-in-Chief, the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

hockey@uni.edu

CFP: JLS/Configurations

What are the relations between literature, science and the arts within our field today? This special double issue marks a unique collaboration between the Journal of Literature and Science and Configurations. The first instalment – JLS 10:1 – was published this year and can be read here. We now invite short papers for the second issue, to be published in 2018.

The aim of the double issue is to enable scholars of all career-stages to debate the nature of the interdisciplinary relations of our field in short and sharp “position” papers of approximately 2000 words. We welcome papers which respond directly to pieces published in JLS 10:1, but we also preserve a more general list of suggested topics from our original call:

  1. The meanings of interdisciplinarity in the field
  2. The place of the study of literature and science within the academy
  3. International variations or international synergies
  4. Collaborative work between literature/arts and the scientific community
  5. How do we (now) define “literature” in the dyad of literature and science?
  6. The relationship between cultural theory and historicism in the field
  7. How is literature and science evolving in relation to its own splintering (into animal studies, neuroscience, environmental studies, etc.)?
  8. Speculations: what is the future of the field?
  9. Reflections: where has the field most profited and where has it gone astray?

The editors also particularly welcome discussion of any of the following with respect to the above topics:

 teaching and pedagogical practice
 material culture and book history
 the corporatization of the university
 the current crisis in the humanities and/or economic pressures on the sciences

Submission information for the second issue:
Length of contribution: 2000 words
Deadline: December 16th, 2017
Send to: Rajani Sudan (rsudan@mail.smu.edu) & Will Tattersdill
(w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk)
(Decisions on inclusion in the second issue by February 2018)

JLS-and-Configurations-Joint-CFP-2

November 2017 HPS&ST Note

The November HPS&ST Note is now available online at: http://www.hpsst.com/hpsst-note.html

This month’s contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Philosophy Publications Archive: New Site for Downloadable Papers
  • he Evolution of Knowledge: &HPS7: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science, 7th conference
  • Anthology History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching: New Perspectives
  • University College London, Downloadable Open-Access Book
  • Rounded Globe, Downloadable Open-Access Books
  • RISE Special Issue: Epistemic Insight – teaching and learning about the nature of science in real world and multidisciplinary arenas
  • Opinion Page.  Susan Haack: The Future of Philosophy, the Seduction of Scientism
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.

Contributions to the note (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, m.matthews@unsw.edu.au .

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2017 HSS Business Meeting

HSS Business Meeting Agenda
November 12, 2017, 7:45 AM
Toronto, Ontario

All HSS members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

President’s Welcome – Janet Browne

Approval of MinutesHSS Business Meeting Minutes 2016

Executive Director’s Report – Jay Malone

Editor’s Report – H. Floris Cohen

Treasurer’s Report – Gwen Kay

Committee Reports – Synopsis by Jay Malone