The Department of the History of Science is a lively interdisciplinary community of scholars and students who seek to advance understanding of science, technology, and medicine in their historical and social contexts. 

Our faculty and students come from diverse backgrounds and employ diverse approaches. We examine the past and present workings of science, technology, and medicine, the basis of their authority, the ethical and political dimensions of their regulation and applications, and the relationships among them and larger intellectual, cultural, social, and political trends and changes. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are fundamental to the Department’s mission and identity, not only as moral and social goods, but because they make possible the advancement of knowledge central to our understanding of history and the world about us. 


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"Ways of Knowing" Conference 2017 Call for Papers

May 25, 2017

"Ways of Knowing," presented annually by The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, is the biggest graduate conference in the field with about 120 panelists every year from 88 schools in the US and 20 different countries. The conference provides a forum for discussion, interdisciplinary explorations and professional development for graduate students and junior scholars at various stages of their career. Read more

Rachel Carson New PBS docu "Rachel Carson" features Naomi Oreskes.
A new PBS "American Experience" episode, "Rachel Carson," presents a riveting portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our understanding of humankind's relationship to Nature, and helped foster the modern environmental movement in the US, and around the world. Prof. Naomi Oreskes lends her expert knowledge and unique viewpoint to the proceedings. Watch the full episode at pbs.org.