On Monday and Tuesday, 16-17 May 2016, graduate students from the History of Science Department travelled to Montréal, Québec as part of a three-year collaborative effort between the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI) at Harvard. Read more about CHSI Goes to Montréal
"Is there a stranger term than “terrestrial radio”? Oh sure, it distinguishes traditional radio from the satellite kind. But radio, with its plucking of sound from the ether, is the least terrestrial of media. For that same reason, it’s the most magical. That sense of magic is there in the most common early nickname for radio, “the wireless.” No wires is even better than no strings. We can hear an echo in today’s “wireless technology.” Read more about "Radio Contact" Reviewed in the Boston Globe
Imagine opening a box that contained the inner life of the people of a lost civilization: Their thoughts, their desires, their dreams. What would that look like? Prof. Rebecca Lemov imparts her view on 1950's psychologist Bert Kaplan's ethnographic archive, and what it has to say about present day scientific pursuits utilizing "big data." Read & Listen >
Where is sex... in chromosomes? the brain? And what does it mean if we find it? The answers aren’t as simple as X&Y. Science in the NewsSit’N Listen podcast invites you to join us for the LIVE recording of our next episode. Read more about Tomorrow's podcast live from CHSI
Cara Fallon of Harvard University’s History of Science Department has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2016. This award reflects the selection committees’ confidence in the excellence of her preparation and the contribution she will make to the study of ethical and religious values.
Pivotal moments in the history of academic refereeing have occurred at times when the public status of science was being renegotiated, explains HistSci Associate Professor Alex Csiszar in the journal Nature, 306–308, (21 April 2016).
"It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity." Faculty and students packed into Sanders Theater on Monday, April 18, for the The 2016 Morris Loeb Lecture in Physics, delivered by Professor Stephen Hawking. Hawking declaimed on the history of physics, and its relation to his work to understand the phenomenon of black holes. The event helped inaugurate the Harvard Black Hole Initiative, in which HistSci Department faculty member Peter Galison is a founding member.
Faculty affiliate Ahmed Ragab hits the media! Catch Ahmed being interviewed by Morgan Freeman for his new show “The Story of God” in Episode 3 “Who is God” (Sunday 4/17), Episode 4 “Creation” (Sunday 4/24), and the final Episode 6 “The Power of Miracles” (Sunday 5/8). All at 9:00pm EST on the National Geographic channel.