May 27, 2014
Historians of Science Seek Détente With Their Subject
Chemical Heritage Foundation
The history of science has never had the easiest stories to tell.
A field suspended between the two cultures, it’s been contested territory for as long as it has existed: rife with clattering jargon, methodological skirmishes, and ideological warfare. Although it entered academe as science’s explanatory sidekick, over the past few decades the history of science has emerged a full-fledged discipline, drawing practitioners mostly from the humanities. But this independence,