On the Blogsphere: History of Science Blogs

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee, a reading of my favourite online newspapers and my blogroll,  before proceeding to check off items on my to-do list for the day. There’s been a lot of discussion in the past years about the role of history of science on the web; in particular, how much interest is there for blogs covering vast arrays of topics on history of science and medicine? Is there really a strong readership for blogs? John Lynch covered this discussion a few years ago, but I thought I’d follow up with a list of some of my favourite history of science/medicine blogs on my list.

On the top of my list is Ether Wave Propaganda, a history of science blog that focuses on historiographical issue and is largely aimed at academics in HPS.  The blog is written by Will Thomas (American Institute of Physics), Christopher Donohue (University of Maryland), and Jenny Ferng (MIT).

Katherine Pandora (University of Oklahoma) keeps a blog on science, culture and history, as well as historical topics on the public and popular culture on her blog, Petri Dish.

A great read for historians of biology, Roberto A. Keller’s (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência) Archetype covers issues on taxonomy, phylogenetics and morphological evolution, particularly in relation to his work on ants.

On the Shoulders of Giants is a great monthly blog that invites authors to submit posts on “classic” scientific papers.

Of course, I can’t ignore CBC’s wonderful “How to Think about Science Series,” hosted by David Cayley and includes script and audio podcasts of the interviews.

News and Views: the History of Science in America is a blog maintained by the Forum for the History of Science in America for the exchange of ideas about the teaching of and research in the History of Science in America.

There’s also ActiveHistory, which I blogged about before and am a guest contributor.

For topics on instruments, museums, and general discussions about biomedicine, Biomedicine on Display, a blog of  Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, is fantastic.

Finally, there Sage Ross’s (Yale) incredible and self-titled blog covers vast topics on the history of science and medicine.

That’s all for now. I would love it if you could leave a comment of your favourite blog on the history of science and medicine. I’m also working on compiling a list on some of the best history of medicine blogs on the blogsphere, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Latest Comments

  1. Thony C. says:

    gg’s Skulls in the Stars has alongside excellent articles explaining physical optics equally excellent articles on, mostly 19th century, history of physics.

    PACHS The Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science blog run by Darin Hayton is a great history of science resource.


  2. jaivirdi says:

    Thanks for letting me know.


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