Category Archives: Science Studies

Nevil Maskelyne & the Zenith Sector

A review of Constructing an Instrument: Nevil Maskelyne and the Zenith Sector, 1760-1774, by Nicky Reeves. This study offers a biography of the zenith sector,…

British Romantic Cognitive Science

A review of The Embodied Imagination: British Romantic Cognitive Science, by Lisa Ann Robertson. Lisa Ann Robertson’s dissertation is an ambitious tour de force about…

Promoting “Modern” Physics in Britain 1900-40

A review of Negotiating Progress: Promoting “Modern” Physics in Britain, 1900-1940, by Imogen Clarke. Imogen Clarke’s dissertation urges us to examine with much greater care…

Hansen’s Disease & Japanese Literature

A review of Through the Hospital Gates: Hansen’s Disease and Modern Japanese Literature, by Kathryn Tanaka. Kathryn Tanaka’s dissertation examines the rise of “leprosy literature”…

Neo-Aristotelian Natural Rights & Human Nature

A review of (Post)Human Flourishing: Neo-Aristotelian Natural Rights and the Challenge to Human Nature, by Victor Cole. Many discussions of human enhancement centre on the…

Eugenics in Britain, Germany & the US

A review of British, German, and American Eugenicists in Transnational Context, c. 1900-1939, by Bradley W. Hart. Bradley Hart’s British, German, and American Eugenicists in…

Technology, Labor & Bodies in Victorian Culture

A review of The Body Machinic: Technology, Labor, and Mechanized Bodies in Victorian Culture, by Jessica Kuskey. Using a historical materialist approach, Jessica Kuskey examines…