Lorraine Daston has published on a wide range of topics in the history of science, including the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity. Recent books include (with Paul Erikson et al.) How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold war Rationality (2014) and (co-edited with Elizabeth Lunbeck), Histories of Scientific Observation (2011), both products of MPIWG Working Groups.
Her current projects include a history of rules, based on her 2014 Lawrence Stone Lectures at Princeton University, the emergence of Big Science and Big Humanities in the context of nineteenth-century archives, and the relationship between moral and natural orders.
She is the recipient of the Pfizer Prize and Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, the Schelling Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Lichtenberg Medal of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the Luhmann Prize of the University of Bielefeld, and an honorary dotorate of humane letters from Princeton University. In addition to directing Department II of the MPIWG, she is a regular Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Commentaries on Mathematical Texts in a Comparative Perspective
I. Science, History of Science, and Modernity
II. The Sciences of the Archive
Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI)
IV. Between the Natural and the Human Sciences
Rules: A Short History of What We Live By
V. Science in Circulation: The Exchange of Knowledge, Ninth–Seventeenth Centuries
Daston, L. (2016). History of science without 'Structure'. In R. J. Richards, & L. Daston (Read More
Eds.), Kuhn's structure of scientific revolutions at fifty: reflections on a science classic (pp. 115-132). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Daston, L. (2016). Die Zukunft der GDNÄ - die GDNÄ der Zukunft. In A. Schanbacher, & E.-M. Neher (Read More
Eds.), Menschen und Ideen: die Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte 1822 - 2016 (pp. 11-13). Göttingen: Wallstein.
Daston, L. (2016). Cloud physiognomy. Representations, 135(1), 45-71. doi:10.1525/rep.2016.135.1.45.Read More
Daston, L. (2016). Authenticity, autopsia, and Theodor Mommsen’s Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. In A. Blair, & A.-S. Goeing (Read More
Eds.), For the sake of learning: essays in honor of Anthony Grafton, vol. 2 (pp. 955-973). Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004263314_054.
Daston, L. (2016). When science went modern. The Hedgehog Review, 18(3).Read More
Daston, L. (2015). Epistemic images. In A. Payne (Read More
Ed.), Vision and its instruments: art, science, and technology in early modern Europe (pp. 13-35). University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press.
Daston, L. (2014). The naturalistic fallacy is modern. Isis, 105(3), 579-587. doi:10.1086/678173.Read More
Erickson, P., Klein, J. L., Daston, L., Lemov, R., Sturm, T., & Gordin, M. D. (2013). How reason almost lost its mind: the strange career of Cold War rationality. Chicago [u.a.]: The University of Chicago Press.Read More
Daston, L. (2012). The sciences of the archive. Osiris, 27(1), 156-187.Read More
Daston, L. (2008). On scientific observation. Isis, 99(1), 97-110.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Keynote lecture at conference "Description across the Disciplines," Columbia University
Keynote lecture at conference "The Total Archive", University of Cambridge
Keynote lecture at conference "Breaking Rules", University of Leiden
Martin Buber Lecture, Israel Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of London
Humanitas Lecture, Oxford University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Chicago