The first HSS: the sad fate of a 19th-century history of science society | Rebekah Higgitt

Friday, August 3, 2012 - 11:01 in Paleontology & Archaeology

How an 18-year-old Royal Society fellow's fascination for manuscripts sunk an early venture in the history of scienceLast month I had the pleasure of attending the quadrennial Three Societies conference – a joint meeting hosted alternately by the US-based History of Science Society, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the British Society for the History of Science. This year the HSS were hosting in Philadelphia.As the HSS's website states, it is "the oldest such society", having been founded in 1924 as a means of supporting the history of science journal, Isis, itself first published in 1913. This was the very earliest dawn of history of science as an independent and professional discipline.The scientific past as a topic of interest has, of course, a much longer history – one we could trace right back to the earliest biographies of figures that we would now identify as...

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