History of Science

Research in history of science at the Department, including the Office for History of Science, deals mainly with the early modern and modern periods. Current research projects include those exploring aspects of eighteenth-century natural science, scientific publication in the opening decades of the nineteenth century, and the interrelations between science and politics during the twentieth century. This research entails a focus upon complex technical and theoretical questions, occasionally in a very practice-oriented sense (i.e. through the reconstruction of experiments or chemical production processes). But it also includes a consideration of political, social and cultural questions more generally. There is, in other words, no clear-cut boundary between history of science and other research at the department. The history of medicine engages with the development of biomedicine; the history of social and human sciences overlap with the history of science, the history of education and the history of science are also intimately related. These overlaps play a central role in the academic environment at the department, in research as well as teaching.


(Picture: The Svedberg with assistant, ca 1940, Uppsala, Sweden. Published by Uppsala University Library.)

Picture: The Svedberg with assistant, ca 1940, Uppsala, Sweden. Published by Uppsala University Library.

Current Research in History of Science

Projects marked by "(OHS)" belong to the Office for History of Science.