History of Science

Giant Power: Technology, Energy, and the History of Post Truth America
History of Science

History of Science Professor Presents Research on Scientific Misinformation

She argued that large corporations appeal to notions of free market capitalism and freedom to preserve deregulated industries.

Epsilon Aurigae Star System
Science

Digitizing the Sky

In the 1880s, Edward Charles Pickering, a stout Harvard astronomer whose deeply angled eyebrows recall an angry cartoon character, took on a new project: photographing the entire sky.

The Scientist as Sentinel
Sciences Division

Professor Argues For Increased Political Involvement from Scientists

"We need to speak because facts don’t actually speak for themselves,” History of Science professor Naomi Oreskes said during a lecture Wednesday in Science Center B.

Science

On Harvard Time: When Harvard Sold the Time

The year was 1839. William Cranch Bond was a clockmaker and astronomer living in Dorchester, Mass. Bond had been commissioned by the United States government under Captain Charles Wilkes to conduct measurements of longitude and “other scientific purposes” for the Navy’s Exploring Expedition of the Pacific Ocean.

Smashing Agassiz’s Boulder
Race

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
College

Putnam Gallery

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

College

Professors Discuss Rage at Interdisciplinary Symposium

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

Space Capsule Simulation
College

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
College

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.