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History of Science and Science Studies



  • Internet for History and Philosophy of Science Tutorial that covers the key information skills for the Internet environment. Learn how to use the Internet to help with your coursework, literature searching, teaching or research.
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine WWW Virtual Library - Extensive Resources, but the site is no longer being maintained. It will remain available for as long as it is deemed useful, however, the number of dead links will inevitably grow.
  • Voice of the Shuttle Science, Technology, and Culture Page Extensive list of resources on science, medicine, technology, and cultural-studies/historical approaches to science designed for humanists interested in the relation between sci-tech and society. The emphasis is on materials that reflect upon, historicize, critique, collect, exhibit, or otherwise mediate (and mediatize) sci-tech rather than on scientific research per se.
  • Internet Resources for Science Studies from UCSD, the aim of this page is to present a selective rather than exhaustive listing of the most useful general and special resources for science studies on the Internet.
  • Yahoo! History of Science
  • History of Science & Technology Guide to internet resources from the University of Delaware. Comprehensive list of links.
  • Virtual STS Social and Cultural Studies of Science on the Web offers a compilation of links, reviews and on-line documents of interest to researchers in the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociology of Science and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology.
  • History of Science and Technology from the German WWW Virtual Library (in German)
  • Webopedia An online dictionary and search engine. Some historical content (see "SQL" or "personal computer" for examples).
  • Nobel prize in Physics & Chemistry
  • Biographical Memoirs The National Academy Press (NAP), publisher for the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), has mounted HTML and PDF editions of 264 of its Biographical Memoirs.
  • Pathways Of Discovery Science Magazine's special series of monthly essays running throughout the year 2000 . Each month a knowledgeable, engaging, and well-known scientist-essayist will tell a story about how a particular contemporary "breakthrough" area emerged, developed, and ascended to its present exciting level. These breakthrough areas range from quantum physics to astrophysics, and from genomics to atmospheric sciences. Each of these essayists will portray the mix of rational, non-rational, institutional, psychological, and other human factors that make science work.

Libraries & Museums

  • Albert Einstein, 1905 Hosted by the University of Minesota Science and Engineering Library, SCIWEB features online Einstein resources, including contemporary articles..
  • Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe Electronic catalogue of medieval and renaissance scientific instruments from four European museums: the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence , the British Museum, London, and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden. Consists of 520 catalogue entries and a variety of supporting material. All European instruments from the four museums by makers who were active before 1600 have been entered in the catalogue.
  • The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Archive Resource developed by the Royal Society Library and funded by the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Trust. The Resource is a biographical database of Fellows of the Royal Society from its inception in 1660 to the present day (excluding the current Fellowship) and includes some 8,000 figures from the history of science.
  • Burndy Library catalog at MIT from the Dibner Institute of Science and Technology
  • The Science Service Historical Image Collection from the Smithsonian Institution represents 20th century scientific research consisting of images and original captions as they appeared in period publications.
  • The Library of the Institute and Museum of History of Science in Florence The special holdings include the Medici-Lorena collection and eighteenth-nineteenth century collections pertaining to the physical and mathematical sciences. The manuscript section houses documents, letters and treatises from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Of special interest are the Archives of the Reale Museo di Fisica e Storia Naturale and the Archives of the Meetings of Italian Scientists
  • Jesuits and the Sciences 1540-1995 An exhibit of rare scientific works from the Cudahy Collection of Jesuitica at Loyola University of Chicago.
  • Museum of the History of Science in Oxford- The Museum library holdings number approximately 20,000 In addition to its main theme of scientific instruments, the library also has strong antiquarian holdings in those sciences most involved with instrumentation, particularly astronomy, geometry, optics, chemistry, and physics (natural or experimental philosophy). It also has unexpected strengths in some other fields, such as zoology, botany, and the medical sciences, and a traditional interest in Oxford science and in the history of museums.
  • Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik in Munich. In English or German, includes multimedia exhibits, library, and archives of materials related to the history of science and technology.
  • The "Museum voor de Geschiedenis van de Wetenschappen "( Museum for the History of Sciences)of the University of Ghent (Belgium)
  • "Theatre of Nature and Art - Treasure-trove of Knowledge" An exhibition organised by Humboldt-Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin, Berliner Festspiele GmbH and Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren. The diverse objects from a multitude of different areas reveal anew the connections linking various disciplines and research projects.

Universities & Programs

Databases & Research Resources


  • JSTOR Web project based at the University of Michigan that makes the full runs (but for the past 3-5 years) of academic journals freely available on the internet. They made their name with humanities and economics journals, but they have recently branched out into general science. They have now posted the complete Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society back to 1665, and the full run of Science back to 1880. They also have collections of important ecology and botany ournals, as well as some math and statistics.
    NOTE: restricted to institutions with subsciptions - available at Stanford
  • Science Magazine -
  • Electronic Journals available at Stanford University NOTE: some of these electronic journals may be restricted to Stanford affiliates only, due to licensing or purchase arrangements.
  • Isis An official publication of the History of Science Society, it is the oldest (and most widely circulating) English-language journal in the field.
  • Perspectives on Science Places medical and biological issues in a broader humanistic, social, and scientific context, available through Project Muse,
  • Centaurus International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • Issues in Science & TechnologyForum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine.
  • Bulletin of News in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology Published since May 1995, it aims to disseminate news and useful information to teachers, researchers, and other interested people in Spain as well as in the Latin American community. In English & Spanish
  • Configurations The official publication of the Society for Literature and Science, it the only journal devoted to the study of discourse pertaining to the theories and practices of science, technology, and medicine. The journal explores the relations of literature and the arts to the sciences and technology.
  • Science Magazine - leading global weekly journal of research which serves the scientific community as a forum for the presentation and discussion of important issues related to the advancement of science.
  • Nature - leading international weekly journal of science.



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