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Blog Watch: STS Observatory October 1, 2009

Posted by Will Thomas in Uncategorized.

A quick note to direct attention to Jon Agar’s rapid-fire series on science in 2008-2009 over at UCL’s STS Observatory.  The blog was extremely quiet over the summer, so if you’re not a regular visitor, it’s worth checking back in.  Essentially, Agar (who just took over editing the British Journal for the History of Science, by the way) is testing out material for the end of his new book on Science in the Twentieth Century (see his intro post here).  It’s a useful exercise to see what one might imagine constitutes a snapshot of “science” at a point in time at this point in history.  Early posts focused on headline-grabbers, but the last couple of posts are taking a bit more of a systematic or nuts-and-bolts approach to the subject matter.



1. jon agar - October 7, 2009

Thanks for this, Will. The 1900 survey is an imagined simulated balloon ride from the Paris 1900 expo. The rest of the book is a little more conventional…

2. Will Thomas - October 7, 2009

Thanks for commenting, Jon. Looking forward to seeing the book!

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