Historians of Science Seek Détente With Their Subject

Historians of Science Seek Détente With Their Subject 1

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Carsten Reinhardt, a science historian and president of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, describes his field’s relationship with science: "We pulled it off the pedestal of untouchable, eternal wisdom and truth."

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,