IsisCB Explore gets a major upgrade!

IsisCB Explore has a new updated interface with a sleeker design and a suite of new functions … and we have finally removed the beta from our logo! With the new IsisCB Explore, you have a powerful research tool at your fingertips, one that opens up the field of history of science, technology, and medicine in unparalleled ways. All the while, […]

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2021 Isis Current Bibliography

A PDF of the 2021 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4300 classified entries, and over 1500 reviewed books. Once again, I want to acknowledge the work of several of my contributing editors, namely, Bruce Seely, the bibliographer for Technology and Culture, and Francesco Luzzini, our Italian language source […]

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Pandemics Issue Receives $10,000 Award

The editors of the IsisCB Special Issue on Pandemics, Stephen Weldon and Neeraja Sankaran, have received a $10,000 award from the University of Oklahoma’s Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts seed grant program. The grant will help us complete the labor intensive work of entering citation data and editing articles written for a new-format research tool: “a narrated repository of bibliographical […]

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2020 Isis Current Bibliography

A PDF of the 2020 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4800 classified entries, the largest number of entries ever compiled for an annual bibliography. This was in large part due to our ability to collaborate so well with others. Among the contributing editors that you see listed on […]

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Digital Scholarship Survey (UPDATES…)

This past month, I have been doing more analysis of the survey. I am reporting on that analysis in the Spring HSS Newsletter (which is in publication as I write this). I’m now updating this short post from last year to highlight a few new files that I have created: The Google Drive folder where you can find the public […]

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Pandemics in South East Asia

The first bibliographical essay in our Pandemics series has arrived: Vivek Neelakantan’s very interesting “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? “ and his bibliography. The article pioneers our experimental “early release and open review” process that allows us to post the first version of Neelakantan’s article and bibliography while it is being reviewed. You can […]

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Race and Science Word Cloud

Today I was able to complete a small visualization that I’ve been working on in conjunction with the Race and the History of Science project announced in my June 9 post. I went through a list of keywords on this topic and found the most relevant ones. I then created a word cloud, which you can see in full below. […]

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Race and Racism in the History of Science

Scholarship, I believe, must be founded on the fundamental value of the equality of all human beings. It cannot operate honestly unless its practitioners embrace that basic ideal. As the current custodian of the IsisCB, I feel an obligation to defend this value and to reckon with its implications for my work and the scholarship it serves. The wave of […]

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Bibliographical Essays

Those of you who do not get the annual Isis Current Bibliography may not have seen the bibliographical essays that I am now publishing. This past year, in the 2019 Current Bibliography, I published the second of these essays, a piece by the historian of archaeoastronomy Luís Tirapicos. The first of these pieces was published the year before in the […]

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2019 Isis Current Bibliography

The 2019 issue of the Isis Current Bibliography is available at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/isis/2019/110/S1. The bibliographical essay on archeaoastronomy is by one of our Contributing Editors, Luís Tirapicos. You can find his essay also at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/707594. In addition to this essay and the 2019 Bibliography, there is a letter to the editor by Marco Beretta contesting some of the claims by Francesco […]

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