Exploring the multiple ways history can inform current scientific debates and contributing to more integrated perspectives on science in society.

  • April 25, 2013

    Sixty years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick formally announced they had discovered "the secret of life"— the double helix that forms DNA, the molecule containing the genetic instructions for all living organisms. Although Watson and Crick are credited with this discovery, their research stands on the shoulders of others who came before them. »

  • April 22, 2013

    “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”

    Although this is one of Tina Fey’s rules for improvisation, it can also apply to science. There are many inventions that we take for granted today that were born from “mistakes” or, to use a more positive phrase, “happy accidents.” »

  • April 8, 2013

    David Rittenhouse may not be a household name like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, yet as a scientific and political figure, not only was he admired by these great men, he also had a hand in shaping the early United States as well as the scientific knowledge of the day.  »

  • April 4, 2013

    On January 26, 1700, the largest earthquake to hit the lower 48 states occurred just off the Cascadia Pacific coast. The magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged the coastline and crossed the Pacific and damaged villages in Japan, becoming known as the "Orphan Tsunami" because of its unknown origin. Three hundred years later, the Cascadia area is preparing for another "big one."  »

  • April 2, 2013

    In 1915, paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn presented the world with a nearly complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex, towering over an exhibit space at the American Museum of Natural History, standing up straight like a kangaroo and balancing on its tail. The tripod pose was scientifically in error, but nearly 100 years later, students still can’t get it right. »