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Testing drugs and trying cures

Elaine Leong, Alisha Rankin,

Practices of testing drugs and trying cures were clearly central to premodern medicine. As the present articles demonstrate, a wide range of actors conducted a variety of practices in order to assess drug efficacy; determine the virtues of plants, animals, and minerals; ascertain the composition of compound drugs; tweak production and application methods; and much more.

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The formative years of relativity : the history and meaning of Einstein's Princeton lectures

First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to become a monumental classic, printed in numerous editions and translations worldwide. Now, The Formative Years of Relativity introduces Einstein’s masterpiece to new audiences.

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Le graveur et le philosophe : Albert Flocon rencontre Gaston Bachelard

La rencontre entre le graveur sur cuivre Albert Flocon et le philosophe de la science Gaston Bachelard reste peu connue du public. Sous la forme d’une double biographie, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger parvient à composer une histoire intellectuelle lucide tout en présentant une fascinante lecture illustrée des cuivres d’Albert Flocon.

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Building the general relativity & gravitation community during the Cold War

This monograph presents a new perspective on the history of general relativity. It outlines the attempts to establish an institutional framework for the promotion of the field during the Cold War. Readers will learn the difficulties that key figures experienced and overcame during this period of global conflict.

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Being brains : making the cerebral subject

Fernando Vidal, Francisco Javier Guerrero Ortega

Being Brains offers a critical exploration of one of the most influential and pervasive contemporary beliefs: “We are our brains.” Starting in the “Decade of the Brain” of the 1990s, “neurocentrism” became widespread in most Western and many non-Western societies. Formidable advances, especially in neuroimaging, have bolstered this “neurocentrism” in the eyes of the public and political authorities, helping to justify increased funding for the brain sciences.

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One hundred years of pressure : hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton

Alan Chalmers

This monograph investigates the development of hydrostatics as a science. In the process, it sheds new light on the nature of science and its origins in the Scientific Revolution. Readers will come to see that the history of hydrostatics reveals subtle ways in which the science of the seventeenth century differed from previous periods.

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Edited Book

The nature state : rethinking the history of conservation

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Matthew Kelly, Claudia Leal, Emily Wakild

This volume brings together case studies from around the globe to explore the history of nature conservation in the twentieth century. It seeks to highlight the state, a central actor in these efforts, which is often taken for granted, and establishes a novel concept – the nature state – as a means for exploring the historical formation of that portion of the state dedicated to managing and protecting nature.

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Du Rhin à la Manche : frontières et relations franco-allemandes au XXe siècle

Où est la frontière entre la France et l'Allemagne? En 1919, le traité de Versailles apporte une réponse provisoire, car dans l'entre-deux-guerres, des savants allemands légitiment des stratégies d’annexion en définissant le «sol ethnique et culturel allemand». À l'heure de la reconstruction des murs, de l'éloge bien-pensant des fronières, il faut revenir sur ce que fut la frontière entre la France et l'Allemagne au XXe siècle: un horizon à dépasser.

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Working Group Book

Before Copernicus : the cultures and contexts of scientific learning in the fifteenth century

Rivka Feldhay, F. Jamil Ragep

In 1984, Noel Swerdlow and Otto Neugebauer argued that Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) explained planetary motion by using mathematical devices and astronomical models originally developed by Islamic astronomers in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Was this a parallel development, or did Copernicus somehow learn of the work of his predecessors, and if so, how?

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Special journal issue

Historical perspectives on contemporary physics

On November 25th 1915, Albert Einstein submitted to the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences the last of a series of papers that contained the final and fundamental equation of his theory of gravitation, which he called General Relativity (Einstein 1915, 1916). This equation contains the field-theoretic law according to which the energy-momentum distribution of matter sources acts on and reacts to the gravitational field.

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New Articles and Preprints

Schäfer, D. (2017). Thinking in many tongues: language(s) and late Imperial China’s science. Isis, 108(3), 621-628. doi:10.1086/694332.

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Lehner, C., & Wendt, H. (2017). Mechanik in der Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. In J. Helmrath, E. M. Hausteiner, & U. Jensen (Eds.), Antike als Transformation: Konzepte zur Beschreibung kulturellen Wandels (pp. 179-195). Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110499261-012.

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Kräutli, F., & Valleriani, M. (2017). CorpusTracer: a CIDOC database for tracing knowledge networks. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 1-11. doi:10.1093/llc/fqx047.

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Schlünder, M. (2017). Pastorale: sheep traffic in modern trauma surgery. In K. Asdal, T. Druglitrø, & S. Hinchliffe (Eds.), Humans, animals and biopolitics: the more-than-human condition (pp. 85-100). London: Routledge.

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Time (and time again): temporality, criticality, and the historical imagination; a conversation with historian of science Lorraine Daston, interview by Andrew Yang [Special Issue]. (2017). Deep Time Chicago Pamphlet Series. Download

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