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TEACHING SCIENCE THROUGH HISTORY
Minneapolis, MN — JUNE 15-23, 2009

The following cases are opportunities for development:
Chemistry | Physics | Earth Science | Biology

Biology

dissection and modern anatomy
Katherine Parks, Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection
Richard Lower on the "life-force" (air, heat) of the blood (1669)
Robert Frank, Harvey and the Oxford Physiologists
interpreting animal motion mechanically
D.D.Chene, 2005, "Mechanisms of Life in the Seventeenth Century: Borelli, Perrault, Regis"
interpreting the chemistry of living things:
Franciscus Sylvius & iatrochemistry
Walter Charleton and nutrition (1659)
Louis Pasteur & the anthrax vaccine
origin of standardized lab white mice
Katherine Rader, Making Mice
fruit flies -- and their role in multiple research projects
Robert Kohler, Lords of the Fly
evolution before Darwin (Chambers' Vestiges of Creation)
James Secord, Victorian Sensation (2000)
Darwin & evolution of sexuality in barnacles (1854)
Darwin & experiments on hybridization (1876)
Darwin & the expression of emotions (1872)
craniology
Eugene DuBois & "Java man"
Archibold Garrod & heritable protein deficiencies
William Rose & the essential amino acids
Huxley & the sliding filament theory of muscle contraction
Paul and Anne Ehrlich & The Population Bomb
Hamilton Smith & "endonuclease R"
Robert Trivers & "reciprocal altruism"
Walter Stoeckenius & bacteriorhodopsin
Earth Science / Astronomy
Tycho Brahe's system and community
Christianson, On Tycho's Island (2000)
Galileo, Kepler and mariners on the tides
Fredrich Mohs & the hardness scale
Louis Agassiz, glaciers and ice ages
Kelvin and the age of the Earth
discovery of Uranus or Neptune
paleomagnetic time-scale (& continental drift)
William Glen, The Road to Jaramillo
the rise and fall of Pluto as a planet
Keith Runcorn, polar wandering & continental drift
Maria Tharp & mapping the ocean floor
James Hansen & global warming
Physics
Robert Hooke, the watchspring and "Hooke's law" -- including a priority dispute
Lisa Jardine, The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London (2004)
origin of Snel's law of refraction -- also theories of light, motion and 'laws" themselves
Benjamin Franklin and electricity
electricity as a fluid (or 2 fluids!)
discovery of the electron
Buckwald & Warwick, Histories of the Electron
Eddington & testing the gravitational bending of light
Fizzeau & the speed of light
semiconductors and transistors
masers and lasers
Chemistry
early glass making (and ceramic glazes)
early adhesives, including mortars & sealing materials
early metallurgy of iron, bronze or brass
women & "household chemistry," 1500-1600s
Robert Boyle and the politics of the vacuum
Steve Shapin and Simon Shaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump
Wilhelm Homberg and acid & alkali strengths
alchemy in early America
Principe & Neumann, John Starkey
discovery of chlorine
Hasok Chang and Catherine Johnson, An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War
solutions and "affinities"
Mi Gyung Kim, Affinity, That Elusive Dream (2003)
Joseph Black & latent heat & heat capacity
Joseph Priestley & the isolation and identification of gases
Antoine Lavoisier, inside and outside science
Lavoisier's concept of acidity
Lavoisier & the origins of calorimetry
concept of heat
Stephen Brush, What is This Thing Called Heat?
Berzelius and the electrical atom
Humphrey Davy, electrochemistry and the discovery of sodium and potassium
Kelvin and the origin of absolute zero temperature
concept of temperature and its measurement
Chang, Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress
concept of energy
Justus Liebig & the elemental composition of organic compounds
Kekule & isomers
Edward Frankland & valences
Louis Pasteur & optical activity
Jacobus Van' t Hoff & stereochemistry
Gilbert Lewis & the octet rule
William Ramsay, John Rayleigh & inert gases