April 2017 Member News

Roland Boucher’s work on ancient standards of measure, “The Pendulum and Standards of Measure in the Ancient World,” has been published by CAL LAB.

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Glen van Brummelen (Quest University, British Columbia) has been named as one of Canada’s 10 best university teachers. The 3M National Teaching Fellowship was founded 31 years ago by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to recognize exceptional teachers in post-secondary education. Van Brummlen, who teaches mathematics, is a founding tutor at Quest and is an advocate for discovery-based learning.

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Ron Calinger’s book Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment (Princeton, 2015) was chosen by Choice as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016.

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Thomas Drucker (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater) has been appointed to the Jewish Studies Advisory Council at Princeton University.

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Pascal Duris (Université de Bordeaux) announces his new book La fabrique de l’entomologie. Léon Dufour (1780-1865), co-authored with Elvire Diaz. The book was published by Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux in March 2017.

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Donald Forsdyke (Queen’s University, Canada) is encouraged by recent Bookmetrix data. The April 2016 Newsletter suggested that those who liked the works of Michel Morange, Matthew Cobb, and Michael Ruse, might—despite its forbidding title—appreciate his just released Evolutionary Bioinformatics. Expounding a history somewhat different from that of these distinguished authors, the 3rd edition has a section on brain informatics and is backed by online videos for those new to the field. Bookmetrix now records 9733 chapter downloads in the ten months since publication.

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Robert Goulding (University of Notre Dame) has been appointed as the Director of Notre Dame’s History and Philosophy of Science Program for a three-year term, beginning 1 July 2017. Goulding teaches in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies.

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Kristine C. Harper (Florida State University) has just published her new book Make it Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth- Century America. The book was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2017.

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At the request of Harvard’s Widener Library, most of the books of Gerald Holton (Harvard University) have been placed online, with the rest in process. Last year, Mr. Holton was elected to the Austrian Academy of Science.

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Henk Kubbinga (University of Groningen) published Making molecularism II. Selected papers II. Abstracts, the second volume of a series on the coming of age of the actual molecular picture of the world (Groningen University Press). This volume features 35 papers on the history of the (atomic and) molecular theory, privileging philosophy, chemistry, and the life sciences. Apart from these there are the abstracts of lectures, talks, classes, congress papers, and posters which paved the way, all in English translation. The riddle of Planck’s calculation of the constant called after him is finally solved. That calculation sheds a new light on the (molecular) roots of Quantum Physics.

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Kathryn M. Olesko (Georgetown University) received Georgetown’s College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in January 2017.

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Erik Peterson’s (University of Alabama) book The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics has been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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Voula Saridakis recently accepted the position of Curator in the Collections Department at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois.

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Martina Schneider (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) has three new publications. She has co-edited the monograph Historiography of Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries (part of the series Trends in the History of Science, Brikhäuser, Cham 2016) together with Volkler R. Remmert and Henrik Kragh Sorensen; she published a paper in the monograph Contextualizing Unguru’s 1975 Attack on the Historiography of Ancient Greek Mathematics p.245-267; and she also published a review: “Koreuber, Mechthild: Emmy Noether, die Noether-Schule und die moderne Algebra. Zur Geschichte einer kulturellen Bewegung.” Berlin, Heidelberg (Springer Spektrum). 2015. In: Historia Mathematica 44(1), February 2017, S. 79-82.

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Mary Jo Nye Awarded 2017 Pais Prize

Mary Jo NyeMary Jo Nye (Oregon State University) has won the 2017 Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Physics. The Pais Prize is given annually by the American Physical Society (APS), with the American Institute of Physics, to recognize outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics. In the citation by Richard Staley, we are reminded that, for decades, Dr. Nye has “produced pathbreaking and enduring studies of the physical sciences that are distinguished equally by their attention to the coherence and integrity of the approaches taken by individual scientists…”

She is the past president of the HSS (1988- 1989), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Member of the International Academy of the History of Science. She delivered the HSS Distinguished Lecture in 2000 and won the Society’s Sarton Medal in 2006. She received the Pais Prize at the March 2017 meeting of the APS.