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CfP - CHMC Session "Sources for recent chemical biography" at 10ICHC Aveiro, Portugal, Sept. 2015

Dear Colleagues:


The Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC) is organizing a panel for the next International on History of Chemistry in Aveiro, Portugal, 9-12 September 2015. The conference theme is Chemical Biography in the 21st Century (see the conference website http://10ichc-2015.web.ua.pt/). We therefore invite proposals for papers on the topic “Sources for recent chemical biography,” details of which are outlined below. 


Steven Weinberg's To Explain the World: A Compendium of Responses

Steven Weinberg's book To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science appeared recently from Harper Collins. Weinberg's tendentious approach to scholarly history of science raised some hackels in historical circles. For the benefit of H-PS subscribers, and to present the opportunity for some more expansive discussion of the issues this book raises, I've assembled a compendium of some of the places the book has been discussed online: