Looking twice at the history of science

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What's wrong with what historians of science do now?

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According to Will's picture, there are fairly serious problems with the current practices of historians of science, practices I summarised in the previous post. The problems are not self-evident. As a comment-writer asked recently on EWP, “How does the idea of historians seeking “the invisible” differ from what, I think, we all hope to produce in our scholarship, that is, the new?” Likewise, it is not obvious what is wrong with writing case studies, focusing on the sociological aspects of science, and trying to enlighten the public. In this post I'll try to say what WT thinks is wrong with each of these practices. But first, a note and a clarification. Expand post.

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