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LB 133 - 011: Introduction to HPS of Science - Dr. Halpern: Course Information


Instructor:        Dr. Megan Halpern
Class Time:      Mondays and Wednesdays 12:40-2:30pm

Reading materials

External Resources

The Library:

The library maintains a resource page for history of science and technology. It links to catalogues, databases, and other resource that you might find useful for your assignments. Lyman Briggs’s library liaison is Suzanne Teghtmeyer:

The Writing Center:

“The Writing Center […] provides one-on-one and group writing consultations, various writing-specific workshops, as well as writing groups for graduate students and faculty. We have locations across MSU’s campus serving the needs of all students and campus communities.”

Counseling Center:

“One-on-one counseling services are offered to help students address concerns in a number of areas including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress management, family or other relationships, career decision-making, cultural identity, lesbian/bi/gay/transgender issues, interpersonal concerns, sexual assault, and couples issues. Any student registered for one or more credits is eligible for an initial consultation. As resources permit, additional services and/or referrals may be provided.”

Articles & other linked resources

Belluz, J. (2016, July 14). The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists. Retrieved from

Baird, Davis and Thomas Faust, “Scientific Instruments, Scientific Progress and the Cyclotron,” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41, no. 2 (September 1990): 147–75.

Brush, Stephen G.. "Should the History of Science Be Rated X? The way scientists behave (according to historians) might not be a good model for students," Science 183, no. 4130 (1974): 1164-1172.

Kennedy, P. (2012, January 2). Episode 1 - Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer. How to Think About Science. CBC. Retrieved from

Mooney, C. (2014). Harry Collins - Why Googling Doesn’t Make You a Scientific Expert. Retrieved from

Naughton, J. (2012, August 18). Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science. The Guardian. Retrieved from

Oreskes, Naomi. “Objectivity or Heroism? On the Invisibility of Women in Science,” Osiris 11 (1996): 87-113.

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