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ESHS Anniversary Issue


As the Official Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, Centaurus is proud to dedicate this issue to the 15th anniversary of the Society. This issue contains individual articles on photonic technologies, on a Soviet Encyclopedia, on a geology textbook and on Chinese mathematics as well as an ESHS lecture on note taking and paperwork in histories of early modern science. To celebrate the ESHS 15th anniversary, we also have a special section on the ESHS origins and history written by past presidents of the Society. After some stage setting by the Editor of Centaurus, this text gives the presidents’ personal perspectives on the background of the ESHS, their involvement in the society, their vision for the future as well as the opportunities and challenges they see going forward.



Celebrating 15 years of the European Society for the History of Science

Koen Vermeir



Throwing light on photonics: The genealogy of a technological paradigm

Marcin Krasnodębski

 The beginnings of the Soviet encyclopedia. The utopia and misery of mathematics in the political turmoil of the 1920s

Laurent Mazliak

 A French author in a Brazilian library: Nerée Boubée (1806–1862) and his textbooks on geological sciences

Silvia Fernanda de M. Figueirôa

 How were Western written calculations introduced into China? — An analysis of the Tongwen suanzhi (Arithmetic Guidance in the Common Language, 1613)

Yiwen Zhu



Read. Do. Observe. Take note!

Elaine Leong

 Fifteen years of the history of science in Europe: Personal reflections by the ESHS presidents

Koen Vermeir, Claude Debru, Robert Fox, Eberhard Knobloch, Helge Kragh, Soňa Štrbáňová, Fabio Bevilacqua, Karine Chemla, Antoni Malet



The gene: From genetics to postgenomics

Laurent Loison

 Kuhn’s structures of scientific revolutions at fifty. Reflections on a science classic

Maarten Van Dyck

 The age of electroacoustics: Transforming science and sound

Joeri Bruyninckx

 Science in an extreme environment: The 1963 American Mount Everest expedition

Vanessa Heggie

 Sexual politics and feminist science: Women sexologists in Germany 1900–1933

Harry Oosterhuis