history of science

Gender and Science

Do women do science differently than men? Are women more intimate with their research subject, more personal, and therefore more intuitive? Is a man more rational and objective? Does a woman by nature choose projects that a man wouldn’t think of? The gender gap in science has narrowed. Science has a lot for women scientists. Do women have something special for science?

Why Should We Care . . .? Part IV Toward a Poetics of HSMT

If you’re just joining us, I’ve been taking a first stab (the internet was invented for first stabs) at the context of justification for scholarly history of science. My simple premise: it should be beautiful or useful. The last couple of posts have reflected on ways in which scholarship in the history of science, medicine, and technology can be useful. Today I want to tackle beauty.

Who Cares about the History of Science?

I want to start what I hope will be not only a series of posts but also a discussion about the value of the history of science. We don’t often stop to think about—let alone systematically formulate a set of justifications for—our field. But it matters for things that affect our daily lives. Why do we teach? Why should the NSF, NEH, NIH, or other foundation give us a grant—or our university pay our salary? Who should publish our book? On what basis should we recruit graduate students?


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