History of Science

Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates

Centennial Edition, An Illustrated Biographical History,1901–2001
Second printing with minor additions
May 13, 2012

The centennial edition of the book first published in 1988, now extensively revised and updated to include all the recent recipients, concluding with the award to Kofi Annan and the United Nations in 2001. Part One deals with Alfred Nobel and the establishment of the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee and the how the prize […]

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Æmula Lauri

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, 1760 - 2010

Håkon With Andersen, Brita Brenna, Magne Njåstad, and Astrid Wale

May 13, 2012

Det Kongelige Norske VidenskabersSelskab—The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters—was established in 1760 in the city of Trondheim, Norway. This makes it among the oldest of its kind in the Nordic countries and the by far the oldest one in Norway. The present volume celebrates its 250th anniversary and is the first comprehensive study […]

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Taking Place

The Spacial Contexts of Science, Technology and Business

Enrico Baraldi, Hjalmar Fors, Anders Houltz, editors

June 11, 2012

Taking Place deals with places shaped by interactions of science, technology, and industry. It treats place as an essential factor for understanding municipalities, companies, scientists, and scientific institutions. It discusses, by means of historical and contemporary examples, the embodiment of ideas and power relationships in architectural structures, and how the creation of organized places can create […]

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Lavoisier in European Context

Negotiating a New Language for Chemistry

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Ferdinando Abbri, eds.

May 13, 2012

Contributors: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Anders Lundgren, Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Roman Mierzecki,Lissa Roberts, David Knight, Arthur Donovan, John McEvoy, A.M.Amorim da Costa, Agustí Níeto-Galan, Patricia Aceves, Anne Claire Déré, Marco Beretta, Ferdinando Abbri, F.L. Holmes. Countries discussed include: Belgium, Poland, Holland, Sweden, England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, France, and Italy. Complete contents upon request.

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Extremes

Oceanography’s Adventures at the Poles

Keith R. Benson and Helen M. Rozwadowski, editors

May 13, 2012
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The Alchemy of Glass

Counterfeit, Imitation, and Transmutation in Ancient Glassmaking

Marco Beretta

May 13, 2012

Recipient of the Paul-Bunge-Prize for 2013

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The Accademia del Cimento and its European Context

Marco Beretta, Antonio Clericuzio, and Lawrence M. Principe, editors

May 13, 2012

The Accademia del Cimento, organized in Florence under Medici patronage, devoted itself for ten years (1657-1667) to the experimental investigation of a broad range of scientific matters, and provided a model and inspiration for many subsequent scientific societies. Despite its crucial position in the history of science, the Cimento’s work and diverse membership has remained […]

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Aurora Torealis

Studies in the History of Science and Ideas in Honor of Tore Frängsmyr

Marco Beretta, Karl Grandin, and Svante Lindqvist, editors

May 13, 2012

Contributors include: Tiziana Bascelli, Jean-François Battail, Marco Beretta, Janet Browne, Robert Darnton, Lorraine Daston, Paolo Galluzzi, Karl Grandin, John L. Heilbron, Daniel J. Kevles, Svante Lindqvist, Thorsten Nybom, Mary Jo Nye, Sheldon Rothblatt, Nicolaas A. Rupke, William R. Shea, H. Otto Sibum, and Sven Widmalm.

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Linnaeus in Italy

The Spread of a Revolution in Science

Marco Beretta and Alessandro Tosi, editors

May 13, 2012

Digital Library of Italian editions of Linnaeus Uppsala Studies in History of Science, Volume 34

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Sidereus Nuncius & Stella Polaris

The Scientific Relations between Italy and Sweden in Early Modern History

Marco Beretta & Tore Frängsmyr, editors

May 13, 2012
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The Enlightenment of Matter

The Definition of Chemistry from Agricola to Lavoisier

Marco Beretta

May 13, 2012
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Imaging a Career in Science

The Iconography of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier

Marco Beretta

July 9, 2012

In December 1788, the painter Jacques Louis David completed his famous portrait of Lavoisier and his wife. While it has long been believed that this portrait is the only authentic image of Lavoisier, on the basis of some unpublished or little-known iconographic representations, this book questions the truth of this opinion and shows that Lavoisier […]

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From Private to Public

Marco Beretta, editor

July 9, 2012
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Fakes!?

Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Science

Ed. by  Marco Beretta and Maria Conforti

June 30, 2014
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Chemistry, Medicine and Crime

Mateu J.B. Orfila (1787-1853) and his Times

José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez and Agustí Nieto-Galan, editors

July 9, 2012
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Reason, Experiment, and Mysticism in the Scientific Revolution

M. L. Righini Bonelli and William R. Shea, eds.

October 18, 2012

Published in 1975 and often cited as a significant contribution to the establishment of history of science as a discipline within the academic community, this paperback reprint of a long out of print title, including a brief preface by the surviving editor, reaffirms many of its primary scholarly objectives while commemorating the 40th anniversary of […]

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Galileo’s Florentine Residences

Bonelli, Maria Luisa Righini; Shea, William R.

July 9, 2012
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Narrating the Arctic

A Cultural History of Nordic Scientific Practice

Michael Bravo and Sverker Sörlin, eds.

November 12, 2012
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Order Out Of Chaos

John Shaw Billings and America's Coming of Age

Carleton B. Chapman

May 13, 2012

Tells the quintessentially American story of Billings and his achievements in gripping fashion, with glimpses of his defects as well as his virtues.

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Arrhenius

From Ionic Theory to the Greenhouse Effect

Elisabeth Crawford

May 13, 2012
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The Chemical Promise

Experiment and Mysticism in the Chemical Philosophy, 1550-1800

Selected Essays of Allen G. Debus

July 9, 2012
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Heralds of Science

25th Anniversary, Revised Edition

Dibner, Bern

July 9, 2012
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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 12

CUMULATIVE INDEX

Compiled by: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assisted by: Sarah J. Shoenfeld

May 13, 2012

Winner of the 2007 Ferguson Prize. All other volumes in the series are still available. Click here for contents, prices and description information. Additional information is available from The Joseph Henry Papers Project: http://www.siarchives.si.edu/history/jhp/jhenry.html

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Einstein’s Nobel Prize

A Glimpse Behind Closed Doors – The Archival Evidence

Aant Elzinga

June 11, 2012

How and why, after many years of waiting, did Albert Einstein finally receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1921, awarded the following year? On the basis of a penetrating study of documents in the Nobel archive at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, the author reviews the sixty nominations Einstein received from […]

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The Atlantic Vision

Olaus Rudbeck and Baroque Science

Gunnar Eriksson

May 13, 2012
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Intimate Universality

Local and Global Themes in the History of Weather and Climate

James Rodger Fleming, Vladimir Jankovic and Deborah R. Coen, Editors

July 9, 2012
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Natural Dyestuffs and Industrial Culture in Europe, 1750-1880

Robert Fox and Agustí Nieto-Galan, editors

July 9, 2012
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Linnaeus

The Man and His Work

Tore Frängsmyr, ed.

May 13, 2012
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Solomon’s House Revisited

The Organization and Institutionalization of Science
Nobel Symposium 75

Tore Frängsmyr, ed.

May 13, 2012
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Science in Sweden

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1739-1989

Tore Frängsmyr, ed.

May 13, 2012
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The Nobel Prizes

Les Prix Nobel
2012

Karl Grandin, editor

May 2, 2014

The Nobel Prizes is the official yearbook of the Nobel Foundation. This edition provides extensive information about the 2012 Laureates: their Nobel and Prize Lectures and their autobiographies, as well as presentation speeches and background about the Nobel festivities. *Also for sale at the Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.

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The Science-Industry Nexus

History, Policy, Implications
Nobel Symposium 123

Grandin, Karl, Nina Wormbs, Anders Lundgren, and Sven Widmalm, Editors

June 11, 2012
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A Century of Zoology at the British Museum

Through the Lives of Two Keepers, 1815-1914

Gunther, Albert E.

July 9, 2012
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Caroline Herschel: Priestess of the New Heavens

Michael Hoskin

August 20, 2013

Michael Hoskin, acclaimed historian of science and founding editor of The Journal for the History of Astronomy, provides an in depth look at the remarkable life and times of the pioneering female scientist/astronomer; her many trials and eventual triumph during a fascinating moment in history.   See Clothbound Library Edition

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Caroline Herschel: Priestess of the New Heavens (cloth)

Michael Hoskin

August 20, 2013

Michael Hoskin, acclaimed historian of science and founding editor of The Journal for the History of Astronomy, provides an in depth look at the remarkable life and times of the pioneering female scientist/astronomer; her many trials and eventual triumph during a fascinating moment in history. See Paperback edition

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Francis Place and the Early History of the Greenwich Observatory

Derek Howse

May 13, 2012

On 22 June 1675, Charles II, “by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland,” granted a King’s Warrant authorizing the building of the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, “in order to the finding out of the Longitude of places for perfecting Navigation and Astronomy.” John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, and his […]

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John Aubrey and the Realm of Learning

Hunter, Michael

July 9, 2012
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Nordic Energy Systems

Historical Perspectives and Current Issues

Arne Kaijser and Marika Hedin, eds.

May 13, 2012
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Objects of Chemical Inquiry

ed. by Ursula Klein and Carsten Reinhardt

August 20, 2013

Leading historians of chemistry present fascinating case studies illuminating broad array of objects of inquiry in modern chemistry, from the eighteenth century until today. These include everyday items such as glass as well as invisible chemical entities, accessible only through networks of experimentation and theory. *Distribution outside The Americas  by Koninklijke Brill N.V., Leiden, The Netherlands, ISBN 978-90-04-27496-9

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Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation

(Archives of the Nobel Museum 10)

Ulf Larsson

May 13, 2012
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Cultures of Creativity

Birth of a 21st Century Museum

Ulf Larsson

June 11, 2012

*Major portions of this book originally appeared in Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize published in 2001 and copyright Science History Publications/USA & The Nobel Museum. The book was first published in Swedish, Människor, miljöer och kreativitet: Nobelpriset 100 dr, earlier the same year. A revised English edition appeared in 2002. The current edition […]

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Changes in the Technological Landscape

Essays in the History of Science and Technology

Svante Lindqvist

May 13, 2012
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Center on the Periphery

Historical Aspects of 20th-Century Swedish Physics

Svante Lindqvist, ed.

May 13, 2012
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Museums of Modern Science

Svante Lindqvist, editor
Marika Hedin, Ulf Larsson, associate editors

June 11, 2012
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Communicating Chemistry

Textbooks and Their Audiences, 1789-1939

Anders Lundgren & Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, eds.

June 11, 2012
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Science for Welfare and Warfare

Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden

Per Lundin, Niklas Stenlås, and Johan Gribbe, editors

May 13, 2012
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Four Anthropologists

An American Science in its Early Years

Mark, Joan

July 9, 2012
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The Commonwealth of Science

ANZAAS and the Scientific Enterprise in Australasia, 1888-1988

McLeod, Roy, ed.

July 9, 2012
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Andreas Libavius and the Transformation of Alchemy

Separating Chemical Cultures with Polemical Fire

Bruce T. Moran

May 13, 2012
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Isis Cumulative Bibliography

1986-1995

John Neu, editor

May 13, 2012

The third supplement to the Isis Cumulative Bibliography, 1913-1965, edited by Magda Whitrow cumulates the annual bibliographies published in the History of Science Society’s journal Isis in the years 1986 through 1995. The increase in the literature during the last decade necessitates publication in four volumes: Volume One (496pp.), Persons : A–L; Volume Two (480pp.), […]

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Hormones of Life

Endocrinology, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Dream of a Remedy for Sterility, 1930–1970

Christer Nordlund

May 13, 2012
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Beginnings of Brazilian Science

Oswaldo Cruz, Medical Research and Policy, 1890-1920

July 9, 2012
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Persuading Science

The Art of Scientific Rhetoric

Pera, Marcello; Shea, William R., eds.

July 9, 2012
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Chymists and Chymistry

Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chemistry

Lawrence M. Principe, Editor

May 13, 2012

Chymistry (that is, alchemy and early chemistry) is currently receiving an unprecedented amount of scholarly attention. Long-held misunderstandings are being replaced by a wealth of fresh perspectives and discoveries, as scholars progressively reveal alchemy’s crucial place in early modern culture and its contributions to early modern science. This volume brings together the most recent work […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 1

December 1797–October 1832, The Albany Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Assistant Editors: Stuart Pierson and Arthur P. Molella
with the assistance of James M. Hobbins and John R. Kerwood

July 9, 2012

Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington, 1972: ISBN 0-87474-123-8) deals with the formative years of Henry’s career. It documents the influence of the Albany, New York, milieu on his scientific growth, and traces the origin and early development of the Albany Academy, where Henry studied and taught, and the Albany Institute, the forum for […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 2

November 1832–December 1835, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Assistant Editors: Arthur P. Molella and Michele L. Aldrich
with the assistance of James M. Hobbins and Kathleen Waldenfels

July 9, 2012

Volume 2, The Princeton Years: November 1832-December 1835 (Washington, 1975: ISBN 0-87474-164-5) concerns Henry’s adjustment to a small college town and his attempts to develop a first-rate facility for teaching and research in the physical sciences. It details his excursions to New York City and Philadelphia in search of scientific apparatus and scientific fellowship, and reveals the […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 3

January 1836–December 1837, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Arthur P. Molella
Assistant Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Staff Historian: Kathleen Waldenfels
Research Assistant: Joel N. Bodansky

July 9, 2012

Volume 3, The Princeton Years: January 1836-December 1837 (Washington, 1979: ISBN 0-87474-174-2) focuses on Henry’s travels to the principal scientific centers of Great Britain and France. During his stay, Henry attended lectures at technical societies, and toured lighthouses, harborworks, and railroad facilities. His diary entries contain appraisals of such European luminaries as J. L. Gay-Lussac, Mary Somerville, […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 4

January 1838–December 1840, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Arthur P. Molella
Assistant Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Staff Historian: Kathleen Waldenfels
Research Assistant: Joan F. Steiner

July 9, 2012

Volume 4, The Princeton Years: January 1838-December 1840 (Washington, 1981: ISBN 0-87474-792-9) demonstrates Henry’s growing concern with the nation’s intellectual image abroad. After returning from Europe, he was increasingly sensitive to American shortcomings, particularly to the problem of scientific charlatanism. His opposition to the physician-inventor Henry Hall Sherwood, documented in the volume, epitomized this delicate issue. His […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 5

January 1841–December 1843, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Paul H. Theerman with the assistance of Arthur P. Molella and Joan F. Steiner

July 9, 2012

Volume 5, The Princeton Years: January 1841-December 1843 (Washington, 1985: ISBN 0-87474-793-7) provides a detailed picture of Henry’s daily life as a college professor and leader of the American scientific community: teaching, experimenting, presenting his results to his peers, and lecturing to the public. In addition to continuing his research on electromagnetism, he investigated such phenomena as […]

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Shifting and Rearranging

Physical Methods and the Transformation of Modern Chemistry

Carsten Reinhardt

 

May 13, 2012

In the second half of the twentieth century, chemistry underwent a profound transformation. Its object of examination, the chemical substance, was transmuted into abstract structure; its most important method, the chemical reaction, was supplemented by physical methods; and its practitioner, the chemist, was partially displaced by technical instruments. At the center of this transformation were […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 11

January 1866—May 1878, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Research Assistant: Sarah Shoenfeld

May 13, 2012

In this final volume of The Papers of Joseph Henry, Henry emerges as the unrivaled leader of American science and the nation’s foremost proponent of funding for basic scientific research. Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution since its founding in 1846, Henry guides its recovery from the Civil War while reshaping it by reducing or eliminating programs […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 6

January 1844–December 1846, The Princeton Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: John C. Rumm
Assistant Editor: Paul H. Theerman

July 9, 2012

Volume 6, The Princeton Years: January 1844-December 1846 (Washington, 1992: ISBN 1-56098-112-1) further develops the theme of Henry as a consultant on technological problems of his day. He provided expert advice on the acoustics of public buildings, the protection of buildings from lightning, the electromagnetic telegraph, and Colt’s submarine battery. He also chaired the Franklin Institute committee […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 7

January 1847–December 1849, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Paul H. Theerman
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: John C. Rumm
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries

July 9, 2012

Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington, 1996: ISBN 1-56098-533-X) documents the beginning of the most influential period of Henry’s life, his thirty-one years as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. During these years, Henry strove to ensure that James Smithson’s bequest was used to support original scientific research and publication, rather than to create a […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 8

January 1850–Decenber 1853, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Historian: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Historian: Frank R. Millikan

July 9, 2012

Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington, 1998: ISBN 1-56098-891-6) reveals a difficult period in Henry’s life. During these years, he suffered constant personal and financial woes, clashed with subordinates, and faced significant public criticism of his leadership. When Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois attacked the Smithsonian for its preoccupation with research of “no […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 9

January 1854-December 1857, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries

July 9, 2012

In 1854 the Smithsonian faced a crisis that threatened to tear the eight-year-old institution apart when Secretary Joseph Henry and Assistant Secretary Charles C. Jewett publicly clashed over its future direction. Before their dispute was settled, battles had been fought at regents’ meetings, in newspapers and literary journals in New York, Boston, and Washington, and […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 10

January 1858 - December 1865, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Research Assistant: Sarah Shoenfeld

July 9, 2012

The period covered by this volume included some of the darkest years Joseph Henry would ever face. The country was torn apart by a devastating civil war. Washington was threatened with invasion, placing the Smithsonian Institution in jeopardy. Henry’s only son, William, died in 1862 from a sudden illness. Henry’s mentor and confidant, Alexander Dallas […]

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The Machine in Neptune’s Garden

Historical Perspectives on Technology and the Marine Environment

Helen M. Rozwadowski & David K. van Keuren, eds.

July 9, 2012
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The Migration of Ideas

Roberto Scazzieri and Raffaella Simili, Editors

May 13, 2012

Ideas migrate across time and space, sometimes in conjunction with the migration of people and sometimes independently of it. The migration of ideas from one context to another is a central aspect of communication among scholars and scientists. It is one of the most important features of cultural, intellectual and scientific history. It is also […]

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The Brokered World

Go-Betweens and Global Intelligence, 1770–1820

Simon Schaffer, Lissa Roberts, Kapil Raj, James Delbourgo, editors

May 13, 2012
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Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius

or a Sidereal Message

Translated from the Latin by William R. Shea
Introduction and notes by William R. Shea and Tiziana Bascelli

May 13, 2012

An instrument can change the world and compel us to rethink our place in the universe. The telescope did just this, but only when it was used by Galileo, whose eye was prepared to see new things and whose hand was able to depict what he saw. It was not only because Galileo was a […]

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The Magic of Numbers and Motion

The Scientific Career of René Descartes

William R. Shea

May 13, 2012

Also in paperback

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The Magic of Numbers and Motion (PB)

The Scientific Career of René Descartes

William R. Shea

May 13, 2012

Also in hardcover

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Designing Experiments & Games of Chance

The Unconventional Science of Blaise Pascal

William R. Shea

July 9, 2012

Hardcover. A paperback edition is also available. During his comparatively brief life (he died at thirty-nine, the age Mozart was to die) Blaise Pascal devoted his unusual talents to mathematics, physics and religion. His religious views are still widely discussed, and the general interest in this aspect of his life may be responsible for the […]

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Designing Experiments & Games of Chance PB

The Unconventional Science of Blaise Pascal

William R. Shea

July 9, 2012

Paperback. A hardcover edition is available. During his comparatively brief life (he died at thirty-nine, the age Mozart was to die) Blaise Pascal devoted his unusual talents to mathematics, physics and religion. His religious views are still widely discussed, and the general interest in this aspect of his life may be responsible for the fact […]

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Energy Needs in the Year 2000

Ethical and Environmental Perspectives

Shea, William R., ed.

July 9, 2012
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Revolutions in Science

Their Meaning and Relevance

Shea, William R., ed.

July 9, 2012
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Interpreting the World

Science and Society

Shea, William R.; Spadafora, Antonio

July 9, 2012
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Galileo Observed

Science and the Politics of Belief

William R. Shea & Mariano Artigas

July 6, 2012
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Fire Engines with Water Hoses and the Method of Fighting Fires now used in Amsterdam

1735

Jan van der Heyden

May 13, 2012

“The list of sources for the history of fire fighting in the seventeenth century is frustratingly short. What information there is largely comes from doleful accounts of the conflagrations of the day. Their authors pay only fleeting attention to the tactics, organizations, or types of fire equipment used, concentrating isntread on the number of buildings […]

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