This volume, compiled in honor of Sam Schweber, an outstanding historian of science, physicist and exceptional human being, offers a
comprehensive survey of the present state of the history of science.
It collects essays written by leading representatives in the field.
The essays examine the state of the history of science today and issues related to its future. All of the papers collected here reflect in one way or another the strong influence Sam Schweber has exerted during the past decades, in his gentle way, on the history of science as well as on the lives of many of its protagonists worldwide. Sam Schweber’s intellectual taste, his passion for knowledge, and his erudition are all encompassing. It, therefore, seemed fitting to honor him with a collection of essays of comparable breadth.
Introduction: Positioning the History of Science, Kostas Gavroglu and Jürgen Renn Big History?, Babak Ashrafi Suggestions for the Study of Science, Stephen G. Brush Will Einstein Still be the Super-Hero of Physics History in 2050?, Tian Yu Cao For a History of Knowledge, Olivier Darrigol Working in Parallel, Working Together, Lorraine Daston Challenges in Writing of Twentieth Century East Asian Physicists, Dong-Won Kim Why Should Scientists Become Historians?, Raphael Falk and Ruma O. Falk From the Social to the Moral to the Spiritual: The Postmodern Exaltation of the History of Science, Paul Forman Between Science and History, Evelyn Fox Keller The Search for Autonomy in History of Science, Yves Gingras Without Parallels?: Averting a Schweberian Dystopia, Michael D. Gordin The Intellectual Strengths of Pluralism and Diversity, Loren Graham On Connoisseurship, John Heilbron Concerning Energy, Steve Joshua Heims Reflections on a Discipline, Erwin N. Hiebert The Woman in Einstein’s Shadow, Gerald Holton The Mutual Embrace: Institutions and Epistemology, David Kaiser History, Science, and History of Science, , Helge Kragh Parallel Lives and the History of Science, Mary Jo Nye Discarding Dichotomies, Creating Community: Sam Schweber and Darwin Studies Diane B. Paul and John Beatty Public participation and Industrial Technoscience Today: The difficult question of accountability,Dominique Pestre The Character of Truth Joan Richards SCweber, Physicist, Historian and Moral Example, José Manuel Sánchez Ron What's new in Science?, Terry Shinn On the Road, SKÚLI SIGURDSSON Plutarchian versus Socratic Scientific Biography, Thomas Söderqvist Problems not Disciplines, John Stachel Physicist-Historians, Roger H. Stuewer Letting the Scientists Back In, Stephen J. Weininger Science as History, M. Norton Wise POSTSCRIPT, Sam Schweber