Brown well represented at History of Science Society annual meeting (Nov. 21-24)

November 19, 2013

From Nov. 21-24, the History of Science Society will hold its annual meeting in Boston, MA, and Brown's History Department will be well represented. Click here to see a full program for the event.

Professor Joan Richards will present a paper on Friday, Nov. 22 from 1:30-3:30pm: "'The Kernel of the history of culture': Mathematics in the Victorian World" in a session entitled "'Secrata secretorum: Sarton, the History of Mathematics, and the History of Science" This session is commemorating George Sarton, who is one of the founders of the field of History of Science in the 1930s. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 3:45-5:45pm, she will be Chair and Commentator for a Session entitled "When Mathematics Mattered."

Professor Harold Cook will be chairing and commenting on a session on Fri., from 1.30 to 3.30, titled "Euro-Asian Encounters in the Scientific Revolution: Visual and Material Culture on the Move."

On Thursday, Nov. 21 from 3-6pm, Assistant Professor Lukas Rieppel will take part in a panel discussion on "Crowdsourcing Science: Science by the People?" as part of the Special Public Engagement Session: Science in the Streets. On Friday, Nov. 22 from 9-11:45am, he will present a paper called "The Ontological Assemblage of Fossil Dinosaurs as part of Session F5: Historical Ontologies.

Both Assistant Professor Rieppel and Associate Professor Seth Rockman will participate in the roundtable, "Where is the History of Science in the History of Capitalism?" (Fri., Nov. 22nd, 12-1:15) which he describes as exploring the intersection of these two expansive fields—one with a venerable lineage, and the other so new that it merited newspaper coverage from the New York Times last spring. Professor Rockman will be talking about approaches to the history of capitalism that embed knowledge production and epistemology within the processes of production, distribution, and consumption. Professor Rieppel will be talking about philanthropy and the crucial issues of funding and investment.

Visiting Scholar Iris Montero will present a paper entitled 'Mexica Evidence in the Spanish Court: Visual Thinking in a 1539 Inquisitorial Trial'. This will be in session Sa34 "Secretive Informers: Transmitting 'Indigenous Knowledge' in Latin America, 16th to 19th Centuries," on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 3:45-5:45pm.

Finally, Associate Tara Nummedal will be attending in her capacity as a member of the governing Council of the History of Science Society, and as a member of the editorial board of Osiris, one of the two publications of the society.