Francis Bacon’s bold claim about the significance of his researches into nature has proven true over the last four hundred years. The making of scientific knowledge has, arguably, been the defining feature of the modern era.
Knowledge is indeed power; it has legitimated governance, weaponized empires, enabled commerce – even defined humanity itself.
As historians of the sciences, we offer a unique and intellectually exciting insight into the making of scientific knowledge. We discover the contingent historical processes by which apparently self-evident values as ‘fact’ and ‘objectivity’ have been painstakingly assembled. We look at the political, economic, religious and other human agendas that have shaped what comes to constitute scientific knowledge in any given time and place. And bearing in mind that scientists and technologists are always plugged into a wider world, we investigate the diverse public audiences for, and consumers of, the sciences.
Our Centre is a diverse one covering the physical and biomedical sciences, technology, animals, the environment, literature, and science communication. We are full-time staff and postgraduate students. We are intellectually curious and active scholars, committed to discussion and support of one another’s research.
Science Comma is the official blog of the Centre for the History of the Sciences.
The blog plays host to articles authored by undergraduate, postgraduate and staff researchers connected to the Centre on the history, communication, literature and art of science.
To see our researchers’ reflections on science please visit Science Comma.