Introduction to Historical Studies of Science and Technology in the West



王作跃 Zuoyue Wang


















Annals of Science

British Journal for the History of Science (British Society for the History of Science)

Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Centaurus (European Society for the History of Science)

Environmental History

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

History and Technology

History of Science

Isis (The History of Science Society)


Physics in Perspective

Physics Today

Social Studies of Science

Science in Context

Technology and Culture (Society for the History of Technology)




 Primary Sources in History of Science and Technology:

AIP History of Physics Center, especially its hundreds of oral history interviews with physicists

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, including its web edition (covering 1999-present) and web archives hosted at Google (covering 1945-1998)

Caltech Archives, especially oral history interviews with Caltech faculty members

Einstein Papers Project

IEEE History Center, especially its oral history interviews related to computer history

NASA History: News and Notes

National Air and Space Museum Oral History Projects

Niels Bohr Archives

Science magazine (1880-2003) for history of science and technology


Primary Sources in US History:

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States at UCSB—the best place to get presidential speeches, press conferences, and policy statements from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Library of Congress, especially its American Memory project, you can start with the overall list of collections and then go into any particular full text collections, e.g., the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, the Hannah Arendt Papers, and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers.

National Security Archives

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Truman Library

Eisenhower Library

Kennedy Library--See especially National Security Action Memos and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Johnson Library--See especially Oral History Interviews with James Webb (Space) and Stewart Udall (Environment)

Ford Library

Carter Library

National Archives

US State Department, especially its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) with full text covering presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, and its huge, searchable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room database.  An even better site for FRUS is the FRUS Project at the Univ. of Wisconsin, which covers the FRUS volumes from 1860 to 1960.

FBI Freedom of Information Act Reading Room, e.g., full-text of its files on Albert Einstein.

General Accounting Office has apparently put all of its reports and publications online in PDF format.

California Digital Library and Melvyl

Online Archives of California

Time Magazine with access to full text from1923 to the present.

Women in Journalism fulltext oral history interviews (e.g. Connie Chung, Ellen Goodman, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Catherine Shen, Barbara Tanabe).

Harvard Crimson (1873-present; do a search, e.g., on George Kistiakowsky, the chemist who perfected the trigger for the Nagasaki bomb)



James Secord, “Knowledge in Transit,” Isis 95, no. 4 (December 2004): 654-672.(参考杨海燕,“达尔文年的‘非达尔文’学者:西科德教授访谈录”,《科学文化评论》,2007年第七卷第三期。)




Erik van der Vleuten, “Toward a Transnational History of Technology: Meanings, Promises, Pitfalls,” Technology and Culture 49, no. 4 (October 2009).

Zuoyue Wang, “Transnational Science during the Cold War: The Case of Chinese/American Scientists,” Isis 101, no. 2 (June 2010): 367-377. PDF

Gabrielle M. Spiegel, “The Task of the Historian,” American Historical Review 114, no. 1 (February 2009): 1-15. PDF




Paul Forman, The Primacy of Science in Modernity, of Technology in Postmodernity, and of Ideology in the History of Technology,” History and Technology 23, no. 1 -2 (March-June 2007): 1 - 152.

Paul Forman, “(Re)cognizing Postmodernity: Helps for Historians – of Science Especially,” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 33, no. 2 (June 2010): 157–175.



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