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A companion to critical and cultural theory

Imre Szeman, Sarah Blacker, Justin Sully

Featuring original essays from an international team of cultural theorists, the volume offers fresh and compelling perspectives and sketches out exciting new areas of theoretical inquiry. The coverage is thoughtfully organized into two sections: lineages and problematics.

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El camino hacia la relatividad

This richly annotated facsimile edition of “The Foundation of General Relativity” introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitation.

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Special journal issue

Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology

Jürgen Renn, Baichun Zhang

In a bid to advance the history of science and technology as a discipline in China and to enhance the international influence of the Chinese academic community, the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (IHNS), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Science Press, in collaboration with and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), have inaugurated the English journal Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology (CAHST), the first issue of which has been officially published by Science Press. The first issue focuses on ancient Chinese history and brings together archaeological studies with the study of ancient texts. For future issues, the thematic scope will be widened substantially and also include papers on subjects pertaining to later history.

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Working Group Book

Testing drugs and trying cures

Elaine Leong, Alisha Rankin,

Practices of testing drugs and trying cures were clearly central to premodern medicine. As the present articles demonstrate, a wide range of actors conducted a variety of practices in order to assess drug efficacy; determine the virtues of plants, animals, and minerals; ascertain the composition of compound drugs; tweak production and application methods; and much more.

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The formative years of relativity : the history and meaning of Einstein's Princeton lectures

First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to become a monumental classic, printed in numerous editions and translations worldwide. Now, The Formative Years of Relativity introduces Einstein’s masterpiece to new audiences.

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Le graveur et le philosophe : Albert Flocon rencontre Gaston Bachelard

La rencontre entre le graveur sur cuivre Albert Flocon et le philosophe de la science Gaston Bachelard reste peu connue du public. Sous la forme d’une double biographie, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger parvient à composer une histoire intellectuelle lucide tout en présentant une fascinante lecture illustrée des cuivres d’Albert Flocon.

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Building the general relativity & gravitation community during the Cold War

This monograph presents a new perspective on the history of general relativity. It outlines the attempts to establish an institutional framework for the promotion of the field during the Cold War. Readers will learn the difficulties that key figures experienced and overcame during this period of global conflict.

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Being brains : making the cerebral subject

Fernando Vidal, Francisco Javier Guerrero Ortega

Being Brains offers a critical exploration of one of the most influential and pervasive contemporary beliefs: “We are our brains.” Starting in the “Decade of the Brain” of the 1990s, “neurocentrism” became widespread in most Western and many non-Western societies. Formidable advances, especially in neuroimaging, have bolstered this “neurocentrism” in the eyes of the public and political authorities, helping to justify increased funding for the brain sciences.

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One hundred years of pressure : hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton

Alan Chalmers

This monograph investigates the development of hydrostatics as a science. In the process, it sheds new light on the nature of science and its origins in the Scientific Revolution. Readers will come to see that the history of hydrostatics reveals subtle ways in which the science of the seventeenth century differed from previous periods.

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Edited Book

The nature state : rethinking the history of conservation

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Matthew Kelly, Claudia Leal, Emily Wakild

This volume brings together case studies from around the globe to explore the history of nature conservation in the twentieth century. It seeks to highlight the state, a central actor in these efforts, which is often taken for granted, and establishes a novel concept – the nature state – as a means for exploring the historical formation of that portion of the state dedicated to managing and protecting nature.

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New Articles and Preprints

Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Lodewijk de Bils' and Tobias Andreae's Cartesian bodies: embalmment experiments, medical controversies and mechanical philosophy. Early Science and Medicine, 22(4), 301-332. doi:10.1163/15733823-00224P02. View

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Oertzen, C. v. (2017). Die Historizität der Verdatung: Konzepte, Werkzeuge und Praktiken im 19. Jahrhundert. NTM, 1-28. doi:10.1007/s00048-017-0183-6. Download

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Buning, M. (2017). Promoting technical knowledge: printing privileges and technical literature in the Early Dutch Republic. In L. Hilaire-Pérez, K. Vermeir, V. Nègre, & D. Spicq (Eds.), Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle: à l’échelle du monde (pp. 453-462). Paris: CNRS éditions.

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Daston, L. (2017). The history of science and the history of knowledge. KNOW: a journal on the formation of knowledge, 1(1), 131-154. doi:10.1086/691678.

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Valleriani, M., Pearl, R.-S., & Ben Arzi, L. (2017). Images Don't Lie (?). Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View

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