Ludwik Fleck’s theory of thought styles and thought collectives – translations and receptions
March 10th – 11th 2016
Organizing committee: Paweł Jarnicki (Project Science Foundation and Ludwik Fleck Centre at Collegium Helveticum); Martina Schlünder (Ludwik Fleck Circle and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science); Ohad Parnes (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science);
The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe
by Robert M. Brain
University of Washington Press, 2016, 384 pages
Given the growing divide between STEM and the arts (despite the somewhat anemic push to embrace the STEAM – STEM plus art – acronym/approach), Robert Brain’s ambitious new book, The Pulse of Modernism, reminds us that the line …
For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Elizabeth Lewis, who is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a disability writer, blogger, and advocate.
For several months now, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between ethnography, narrative nonfiction, and fiction, and the possibilities for …
Christian McMillen’s Discovering Tuberculosis is many things, but mostly it is an account of failure. The book is a story of disease control in the twentieth century that is anything but controlled. McMillen gives needed attention to problems of the past that find themselves – unexpectedly, dangerously – occupying our present moment (though it should be made clear from …
Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science
by Daniel P. Todes
Oxford University Press, 2014. 880 pages.
It is going to be difficult for reviewers to avoid clichés about this wonderful biography – and wonderful it is, as both a work of scholarship and as a highly readable story of a truly ‘Russian life in science’. Some basic things …