History of Science

Smashing Agassiz’s Boulder

Evolutionary Biologist Puts Agassiz’s Views on Race Under Microscope

Evolutionary biologist Joseph L. Graves examined the controversial history of former Harvard professor Louis Agassiz’s views on race and human evolution.

Matthew Hersch
History of Science

Knife-fighting and Cardboard Bazookas: A Conversation with Matthew Hersch

On the first day of class Hersch demonstrated how one might load a musket while riding a horse.

Peter Galison
History of Science

Peter L. Galison

Galison’s teaching, like his many projects, focuses on the historical, philosophical, and ethical implications of science.

History of Science

Black Hole Initiative Receives $7.2 Million in Funding

​Harvard’s newly formed Black Hole Initiative received funding two weeks after world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking spoke about the initiative to a packed Sanders Theatre on April 19.

Louis Agassiz
Harvard in the World

Retrospection: Agassiz's Expeditions in Brazil

But for Agassiz, the trip to Brazil was about more than science. Not only was evolution—a process not immediately observable to the human eye—deeply antithetical to Agassiz’s staunch empiricism, evolution was profoundly at odds with his perceived world order.

Sciences Division

At Black Hole Talk, Stephen Hawking Draws Massive Audience

​World-famous theoretical cosmologist Stephen W. Hawking discussed the history of and recent breakthroughs in research on black holes at the inauguration of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative.

Putnam Gallery

Putnam Gallery

Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology and Culture will open March 11 at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.


Professors Discuss Rage at Interdisciplinary Symposium

Harvard professors from four different departments discussed the phenomenon of rage in human behavior.

Space Capsule Simulation

Space Capsule Simulation

History of Science assistant professor Matthew H. Hersch’s class simulated a space capsule launch in class on Wednesday, with various students in charge of radio, rescue, and other duties.

Space Capsule Simulation
On Campus

Space Capsule Simulation

Dina M. Sinno, a student in History of Science assistant professor Matthew H. Hersch’s Space Medicine class, enters a constructed space capsule for a class simulation on what life is like for astronauts. Other students were in charge of other roles involved in a space capsule launch.

Space Capsule Simulation

In Out of the Box Lecture, Student Learns From a Cardboard Box

As the College looks to increase its focus on teaching and learning, one professor is thinking out of this world—giving a lecture on space travel on Wednesday while one of his students sat inside a small, 1.5 cubic meter cardboard box.

History of Science

Professor Wins History of Science Award

The Sarton Medal is awarded every year to a scholar from the international community and is considered one of the highest honors in the history of science field.


15Q: Jonathan Eig, Author of 'The Birth of the Pill'

Sex: college students are pretty much always thinking, talking about, and (sometimes) doing it. That hasn’t always been the case. Recently journalist Jonathan Eig spoke at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School about his new book, “The Birth of the Pill.” The story of the birth control pill’s invention is riddled with twists, turns, dashing characters, and plenty of sexual activity. FM’s conversation with Eig was less salacious, but no less salty or stimulating.

Earth Science Week

Natural History Museum Celebrates Earth Science Week

Scientists and researchers at Harvard’s museums shared their knowledge of fossils, gems, and other geological artifacts with the public this week as a part of Earth Science Week.

Harvard Medical School

One Year after Marathon Bombings, Countway Library’s Digital Archive Commemorates Emergency Medical Response

The Countway Library of Medicine is continuing its efforts to expand “Strong Medicine,” a digital archive that captures and compiles the stories of last year’s emergency respondents.